Rector's Blog

January Blog

Dear All, A very happy New Year to you all! I write this letter on St Stephen’s Day, 26th Dec.  ‘Good King Wenceslas’ was one of the carols we sang in the morning.  It begins, ‘Good King Wenceslas looked out on the Feast of Stephen.’ It goes on to describe how the...

Christmas 2021

Christmas 2021

Dear All, Arise, shine!   For your light has come, And the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. Look! Darkness shall cover the earth, And thick darkness cover the peoples;  But the Lord will arise upon you,  And His glory shall be seen upon you! I don’t know whether...

Stand firm

Stand firm

Dear All, I was sitting in doors watching a fishing boat make its way out of the Camel estuary and into the north Cornwall (Atlantic) sea recently.  It made me feel slightly queasy just observing it from some half mile away.  My memories of mackerel fishing trips in...

Lifting the burden

Lifting the burden

Jesus said, ‘Come to me all who labour and are heavy laden’. What might it mean for a someone does not yet follow Christ or come to church, to ‘come to Jesus’? How does a person find Jesus today?  What does Jesus have to offer to the person who does come to him? There...

A new start?

A new start?

Dear All I wonder if you, like me, are looking forward to a new start? As I write, we are beginning to relax covid restrictions.  A new era begins in some ways.  Also by the time you read this you will know whether we have ‘brought it home’ in terms of the Euro...

Eternal Travel Plans

Eternal Travel Plans

Dear All, Month by month, little by little…are you, like me longing and hoping for easing of COVID restrictions?  This is of course dependent upon the responsibility of all of us to make good the progress in the health of our nation so far and build on it. How we have...

Open Gates

Open Gates

Dear All, Do you remember the days when queues for certain events were disorganised rabbles?  Maybe a museum opening involved the lifting of a barrier, then a stampede to the ticket booth.  These days, thankfully, there is more organisation and decorum.  However...

New growth

New growth

Dear Friends, I trust you have a had a refreshing and spiritually uplifting time over Christmas, whatever your personal circumstances.  May I take this opportunity once more to thank all of you who have worked so hard in your neighbourhood/community/region, as well as...

Thoughts for 2020

Thoughts for 2020

Some words first from Isaiah, as God addresses His people, His ‘sorely afflicted one’.  In Isaiah chapters 42 and 43 we have a context of a people who have ears but do not hear, who have eyes but do not see.  They are much in need, but they fail to draw on their...

Reflect and move forward

Reflect and move forward

Dear All, We owe a huge debt of gratitude to so many who have worked tirelessly over the last few months in our church communication team. Our thanks also go to the wonderful CRAG team, who have made such a huge effort in raising money for the church roof repairs....