We replaced our caravan this summer, and while there are times when I miss hotel holidays in the sun – remember when you used to bring a pile of books to read by the pool, and children were the amusing distractions belonging to other people? – I am very grateful to have this way of … Read moreA Caravanner’s Prayer
This is a very different post to the one I’ve been dreading writing for the last few days. Many of you will have heard over the weekend, the devastating news that we expected our eldest son, Timothy, to be diagnosed today with leukaemia – it was just a question of which type. Since Saturday he … Read morePrayer Works, Keep Praying!
I had a birthday recently – not a particularly significant one but it’s been well celebrated and I’ve appreciated the warm wishes coming from friends and family that we’ve connected with over the years. I have a facebook policy where I don’t tend to post birthday greetings on other folks’ walls because I’d only miss … Read moreA Discipline Disaster
I’ve been at JMC – the Junior Ministers Conference – for the last three days. It’s fairly strange to realise that I’m now in my seventh year of ministry (at least, this sort of ministry anyway): it’s like I’m in Upper Sixth of the school of post-college life already! The conference took the form of … Read moreThe Gift of Still and Thankful Presence
There have been a number of suicides in our area recently, a tragedy that has reared its head before but had been more calm for a while. Our church is connected to one of the grieving families and so I was present for the funeral of a beautiful young woman the other day. The depth … Read moreHelp and Hope
At the encouragement of the Methodist Church in Ireland, we operated a prayer room for 24 hours on 25-26 January 2014. While the emphasis was put on helping as many people as possible to pray in a focused way during that time, rather than specifically covering every hour, only four hours went without cover – … Read moreNight and Day Prayer
Can you remember what you did on October 17, 2006? www.historymatters.org.uk is accepting diary entries until 1 Nov, trying to get a snapshot of life in the UK in the early 21st Century. I don’t normally post stuff like this (because in a sense it’s a bit boring!) but for posterity, here’s my entry… My … Read moreHistory Matters
From Our Knees is the name of the 24-7prayer project of the Methodist Church in Ireland. The project includes a two-person Team On Mission (Ruth and Hannah, travelling the island to inspire churches towards non-stop prayer) and the Aldersgate Prayer Room, which I think I’ve mentioned before. And so I mention it again. There is … Read moreFrom Our Knees
Autumn Soul at prayer on the Saturday evening. I’ll write more about my experiences of the weekend soon. Another great photo from Ross & Kathryn!
I’m sitting at the desk in the Edgehill Library, finishing off some preparation for the weekend – in thirty minutes’ time, Kathryn will collect me and we’ll go to sunny (?!) Bangor for Autumn Soul. It’s the tenth AS, and for the first nine the band that has become Soul Purpose led worship. Last year … Read moreI love Autumn Soul