12th July 2020

Trinity 5 Dear all, I hope you’ve had a good week and that at least some of you have been able to enjoy a bit of new-found freedom following the easing of some of the lockdown restrictions last weekend. Starting to do a few ‘normal’ things after so long, and in abnormal circumstances, certainly feels … [Read more…]

Sunday 5th July

Trinity 4 Dear All, As you know, the government announced that services in church buildings could resume from 4th July. In response, the Church of England published updated guidance that states that the option to return to our church buildings is permissive, not prescriptive. Decisions about resuming public worship will need to be made locally … [Read more…]

28th June 2020

Trinity 3 Hello All I hope you are all keeping well.  With lockdown beginning to ease the Church nationally and locally has been thinking about how we can re-imagine the way we use our buildings for worship with social distancing and hygiene in mind.  Our ancient building with pews does not make it easy for … [Read more…]

21st June 2020

Trinity 2 Dear all, It’s a happy-sad moment as we say goodbye to Cheryl who leaves us this week to move to Westbury-on-Trym in preparation for her ordination and a new phase in her life and Christian ministry. It’s a good opportunity to remind ourselves that as Christians we are all ‘called’ by God, irrespective … [Read more…]

14th June 2020

Trinity 1 Dear all, As each day goes by there is a growing consensus that although we still need to be careful, we are through the worst. This is good news indeed and we are already able to enjoy limited new freedoms. From 15th June there will be some limited re-opening of churches for private … [Read more…]

7th June 2020

Trinity Sunday Dear All, My ‘staycation’ last week went well. We were able to spend some family time relaxing together without the nagging feeling that one or more of us ought to be getting on with some work. The weather was wonderful so the garden got a bit of attention and we went for some … [Read more…]

31st May 2020

PENTECOST Dear All As Phill is taking a well deserved rest this week he has asked me to write something for the newsletter.  I know that many of you who are not completely isolating have been taking your daily exercise by going for walks in the beautiful spring weather.  Our local scenery is amazing, and … [Read more…]

24th May 2020

7th Sunday of Easter Dear all, Those of you with younger Children and Grandchildren, and especially anyone who has been involved in home-schooling, will know that next week is half-term. My family would usually go camping for a couple of nights and perhaps visit parents/grandparents, all of whom live some distance away. However, this holiday … [Read more…]

17th May 2020

Dear all, One of the charities that I support is Open Doors, an organisation that helps persecuted Christians around the world, both in practical ways and through prayer and advocacy. They send me a monthly prayer diary and as part of this I recently read about isolated Christians in North Africa, who have been rejected … [Read more…]

10th May 2020

5th Sunday of Easter Dear all, Occasionally I find that life catches up with me a bit and this week was one of those weeks. After seven Sundays (vicars count in Sundays, not weeks!) I suspect that social isolation, restrictions on movement and a whole new way of living and working have taken their toll … [Read more…]