Pastor’s Blog

Pastor’s Blog November 2019

It’s hard to believe that we are in November already. I guess our minds will be turning willingly or unwillingly towards Christmas. I have been reading a book about Paul’s Pastoral theology. The general thrust of the book is that a key role of a pastor is to help shape the culture of a church. Each … [Read more...]

Pastor’s Blog October 2019

I’ve been thinking a lot about the presence of God recently and I have been struck by the words of Luke in Acts 4:13, as Peter and John stood before the Sanhedrin he notes that they, “realised that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been … [Read more...]

Pastor’s Blog September 2019

At the next Church Meeting which will be at the end of the month, Monday 30th September, there will be the opportunity to elect/re-elect elders and a treasurer. To help us think about that I will be preaching two sermons under the title, “Leadership Matters.” The title of these sermons is intended … [Read more...]

Pastor’s Blog August 2019

This is the second part of my reflections on 30 years in ministry, which I mark this summer. I want to reflect on 3 lessons that I’ve been learning during the last 30 years. I deliberately say, “learning” because I definitely haven’t fully learned them yet. Every time I pray I am challenged again … [Read more...]

Pastor’s Blog July 2019

This month marks a significant landmark for me. It is 30 years since I first entered full time ministry. In July 1989, Margaret and I packed up all our belongings and moved to Partington. Rebecca was 16 months old and Margaret was 8 months pregnant with Ruth. We arrived to a council house that was … [Read more...]

Pastor’s Blog June 2019

Margaret and I have just returned from a walking holiday in Scotland. We walked the East Highland Way from Fort William to Aviemore. On a number of the days we didn’t see any other walkers and very few other people. It was only Margaret and I. You can imagine that it didn’t take us long to run out … [Read more...]

Pastor’s Blog May 2019

Throughout the month of May we will be having a series of sermons on The Lord’s Prayer. This is in part to prepare us for a 10 day season of prayer that will run from Thursday May 30th until Sunday June 9th this covers the period in the church calendar from Ascension Day until Pentecost. A period, … [Read more...]

Pastor’s Blog April 2019

The first time that I had an opportunity to preach and choose my own passage I chose to preach from John 13 and in particular v3: “Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer … [Read more...]

Pastor’s Blog March 2019

Lent begins on the 6th of this month and continues into April. It always surprises me how many people both inside and outside of the church do something for Lent. I guess it surprises me because Lent barely got a mention in the Christian tradition in which I grew up but lots of people seem to give … [Read more...]

Pastor’s Blog February 2019

On Sunday mornings through January we have been revisiting in our teaching three core elements in the life of any healthy church. We have been thinking about them in terms of directions of travel. In this blog I want to identify a few priorities for us moving forward together. The Journey Up – … [Read more...]