13th Jun 2021
Second Sunday after Trinity

One of my great pleasures as parish priest of four rural churches in Oxfordshire was to visit the Bowood Pre-School in the village of Coleshill each month to do some Bible story-telling with the three to four year old boys and girls. One of the perennial favourites amongst the children was the parable of the…

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6th Jun 2021
On Being Mis-Understood

I’m just a soul whose intentions are good! O Lord, please don’t let me be mis-understood. We only have one television at the Vicarage, which means that from time to time concessions have to be made as to our contrasting viewing preferences. With my day off now changed to a Saturday, I have come face…

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30th May 2021
Trinity Sunday

“The Rabbit hole went straight on like a tunnel for some way, then dipped suddenly down, so suddenly that Alice had not a moment to think about stopping herself before she found herself falling down a very deep well… Down, down, down, I wonder if I shall fall right through the earth? Down, down, down,…

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23rd May 2021
Missionary Highways

Can any of you here boast that you have a street actually named after you? Now our Curate Judith Brooks might say that one of the YMCA buildings where she works is Brook Road – or our Reader Julie Knight might advance the case for Knight’s Place – just round the back of the railway…

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13th May 2021
Ascension Day

The Feast of the Ascension is one of the major festivals in the Church’s calendar, but it can feel somewhat overlooked – overshadowed by Easter and rather close to Pentecost. What are we to make of this fascinating but elusive feast day? The Ascension isn’t that easy to interpret or to understand. Sometimes it’s presented…

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9th May 2021
Rogation Sunday

What makes today special? Well, it’s the sixth Sunday of Easter, so we’re coming towards the end of the Easter season and heading towards Pentecost in just two weeks’ time. It’s also the Sunday before Ascension Day, which is next Thursday, when we remember Jesus ascending to heaven after his resurrection. But the sixth Sunday…

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2nd May 2021
Putting the Props to Good use

One of the joys of being Vicar here at St Matthew’s is that we are designated a training parish – which means we are responsible for nurturing those who are newly ordained. Such as Judith with us now. This has been such a blessing because it keeps me on my toes at all times, called…

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25th Apr 2021
The Good Shepherd

You will be unsurprised to learn that I have been thinking about my ordination to the priesthood quite a bit recently. All being well, and Covid restrictions permitting, this will take place on Saturday 3rd July. I must admit that perhaps in common with many life events, such as a wedding, civil union, retirement or…

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