Minister's Monthly Letters

 

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July 4, 2020

Dear Friends

Sitting at my desk putting together my final pastoral letter before “I sit down,” the term we use for minister’s ending their stipendiary ministry, brings with it an inevitable sense of looking back. The last four years have brought with them both their joy...

June 1, 2020

Dear Friends

As I sit at my computer and write my penultimate pastoral letter to you, I am very mindful that the hand of time does not stop. This was reinforced throughout the course of the day, as representatives from various removal firms arrived at the manse to make...

May 1, 2020

Dear Friends

We have been fed a great deal of information with regard to the seriousness of Covid 19, and I thought I would offer something a little lighter by way of introduction to this month’s letter. I remember a few months ago, prior to lockdown, driving along one...

March 28, 2020

Dear Friends

“Was no-one found to return to give thanks to God….?

Luke Ch. 17:18.

Those words are taken form the encounter Jesus had with the ten men suffering from leprosy. I invite you to read the whole incident because it gives a clear example of both gratitude and ing...

March 1, 2020

Dear Friends

Isn’t it strange the things you might stumble across as you go about your everyday business. I was sifting through an old cardboard box in the garage containing a real mishmash of unrelated items, and I came across a copy of the Radio Times at the bottom fr...

February 1, 2020

Dear Friends

I am always grateful to those people who have expertise in a particular field of knowledge or discipline and who faithfully represent good practice.  We all need them at different times and in various circumstances. A visit to my accountant a little while a...

December 1, 2019

Dear Friends

A more recent phenomena which has come to these shores from the USA centres on what we call Black Friday. It seems the drive for a bargain is all consuming in the minds of some, even though they may not particularly need the item they are purchasing. What m...

November 1, 2019

Dear Friends

I have always found the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes to be quite fascinating. Even the title of the book raises questions to the mind of any enquirer. The title means “The Teacher” or “The Preacher” or can even be interpreted to mean “The Philosopher....

October 1, 2019

Dear Friends

One of the most poignant and familiar stories in the New Testament focuses on the raising of Lazarus which is found only in the gospel of St. John. Unlike some of the healing accounts, it is one of those incidences which draws in a whole range of different...

September 1, 2019

Dear Friends

September marks the beginning of another Methodist Connexional year. We may well wonder where the last twelve months have gone, such is the manner in which time marches on. Time is one of those factors of life which we cannot alter or postpone, but perhaps...

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