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Mistaken identity?

Mistaken identity?

Dear All, The beginning of the academic year coincides with a set reading for 1st September from Hebrews 13.  Verse 2 reads: ‘Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.’  Might we have entertained angels...

God in our Mess

God in our Mess

Dear All, Earlier this year I had the huge privilege of taking a 3 month sabbatical.  My wife and I were able to travel to Russia, where she had worked for a missionary agency for 13 years.  Also to Canada, where she had spent an important 2 years of her childhood....

Wake up!

Wake up!

Recently I was doing some dabbling around in the historical links between Frenchay and William Penn, founder of the colony of Pennsylvania.  One of my sources mentioned that the naming of Pennsylvania was actually attached to his father’s name (Admiral Sir William...

Breaking chains

Breaking chains

“Human anger does not produce the right answer from God.” (James 1 : 19 paraphrased) A while back, as I was doing some work as chaplain with one of our main national orchestras, I was asked by one of the musicians: ‘What can you provide for the likes of me that isn’t...

One in Christ

One in Christ

Dear All, As you read this blog, 2019 is well underway. Time, in fact, to join the Alpha Course running at Begbrook Social Club if you so desired. Why might you consider doing this?  ‘Discipleship’ is the journey of faith that means maturity, fulfilment, generous...

Fishing from still waters

Fishing from still waters

As a fairly recent arrival to the area I with my wife Kath and our dog have to agree that Fishponds ‘really is quite nice!’ I was intrigued to read of the origin of the name ‘Fishponds’ and further interested to learn that the only remaining old quarry, filled with...

Crossroads

Crossroads

Dear All With Lent approaching , we will be focussing on the Cross. Groups across the benefice will be studying this and meditating on the difference that Jesus’ death makes to our lives. Here are some thought from me about the Cross as a ‘crossroads’. Let there be no...

Resetting the compass

Resetting the compass

Dear All, I wonder how you view the New Year. Might it be with some hesitancy? Where will Brexit negotiations have arrived at by the end of March? Will the numbers of homeless nationally continue to rise? Will we be ready for all the wonderful events due to happen in...

Angels Calling

Angels Calling

Dear All, I rejoice to learn that most cultures round the world, whether Christian in background or not, like to celebrate Christmas. But why should that be? Is it purely the excitement of children receiving presents, the Christmas tree and the joining together at the...

A call to sacrifice

A call to sacrifice

Dear All, NOVEMBER – a month which, at Holy Trinity Church, includes a Confirmation Service and an act of Remembrance. I don’t mean toforget other events that are taking place,but these 2 services have something incommon - SACRIFICE. Sacrifice is not a popular word in...