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Top five bible stories

As a child I always looked forward to hearing stories from the bible at Sunday school. It was only in adulthood though that I began to recognise more of the truths the stories contained and how the valuable lessons they taught us could be applied to modern life. The following five stories are the ones […]

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Five technology tips for your Church

Until recently, I thought a tablet was just what my GP prescribed, and Twitter the sound that birds make in the morning. With lots of youngsters in the family though, I am becoming much more savvy with modern technology and also wise to the opportunities it offers for our churches. You may or may not […]

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Preparing for Priesthood

Ordination I remember as though it was yesterday, my fellow ordinands and I assembling nervously in the undercroft of the cathedral. The bishop, dean, senior clergy and vergers arrived and we moved, to glorious music in procession up the stairs and into the chancel. I couldn’t believe it but sitting there on the front row […]

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Priestly’s guide to officiating at a funeral

No 1 – Keep all phones on silent A young priest was, at short notice, called to a crematorium to conduct a funeral service. The crematorium was many miles away and since he had no sat-nav built into his car, he used his I-phone instead, listening to the audio directions as he drove. The priest […]

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Church growth – to grow or not to grow

  Chocolate Biscuits Years ago, each village in our area had its own co-operative society, and each family had a unique membership number. The society used to pay a dividend in cash to the members twice a year, and in the summer, this dividend was often used by parents to buy their children new clothes […]

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Preparing for Christmas

Preperation is key Have your preparations started for Christmas? Are all of your Advent and Christmas services in the bag? As a minister, I always found that good preparation was key for me, just as it was for my parishioners. One June a few years ago I visited an elderly widow in my parish and […]

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