What if the Christmas celebrations are not 'for you' this year? The anniversary of a loved one passing on still brings tears, or that it is so difficult to keep up with the demands of 'buy, buy, buy', or you just want to withdraw from everything as 'you feel worthless'. The Blue Christmas time of…Read more Blue Christmas 2019
It's Christmas time when the churches are bedecked with tinsel on Christmas Trees, oranges with cloves poking from every side and candles adorning, and a myriad of different Carol services or midnight Mass'. It is one of the special times of the year when people do 'flock' to the church. Isn't it weddings, deaths, Easter…Read more What Christmas are you looking for this year?
If you can imagine what it is like to be flying during war, to be on an aircraft with 18 others, watching over the skies electronically, directing ‘our’ aircraft towards ‘their’ aircraft - it sounds so much like the adverts for our military. UK E-3D On 4th May 1999, an aircraft took off from its…Read more Remembrance 2019
I used to grow my own vegetables. It was really good to come home, tend to the weeding - normally competing with the brassicas - and water/feed the hopeful seedlings. I can remember nipping out, bit like a child, hoping that the first shoots would soon appear above the ground. As the weeks and months…Read more Sharing what’s important
It’s been a year now that Mandy & I have been serving in this community. It certainly has been interesting - in a good way I'll quickly add. My profile, my contract with the church, was to ‘bring presence’ to this town, this community. There wasn’t much extra detail other than our members are reticent…Read more Where do you store your treasure?
I'm on holiday. The weather is fair, the people wonderful and the language very confusing. I have learnt the word pansement this year, as it has been useful to help with the blisters that have ensued. The trains have been so punctual, and clean! OK an attempt at picking our pockets occurred on the first…Read more Where to go? Walk on by?
We often hear that "we should give <person's name> a good send off..."Why exactly? If we don't manage to give them a 'good send off' will that affect their departure? Is it like catching a train? Obviously not, we don't catch the 1023 from Leeds always wearing a dark suit looking sullen, so what do…Read more A Good Send Off