Today in the Church of England we remember Polycarp. Polycarp was Bishop of Smyrna in the second century, which is modern-day Turkey. One of the reasons why Polycarp is considered a figure of importance is because he is reported to be a disciple of the apostle John, and in the early church context where they… Continue reading Look Up, Look Out: Lessons From St Polycarp
A friend of mine has a Guinness World Record for a death-defying stunt they once did. I’m a little bit in awe! They're so adventurous; I’m not at all adventurous, just the thought of what they did makes my heart race and my palms sweat and puts me fully in panic mode. In panic mode is… Continue reading Adventure Of A Lifetime
After a bittersweet communion service during the week, a friend asked me what I’d like prayer for, my request was this: wisdom to know what are my battles to fight and what are the ones in which I am to keep still. Moses knows he is going into battle but that it is not his… Continue reading Chains Or Treasure?
Have you ever done something and then instantly regretted it? I certainly know I have. When I fourteen I was in my first PE lesson since coming out of plaster cast for two broken wrists. My teacher asked me and my friend to sort out the equipment cupboard. Students weren’t normally allowed in the equipment… Continue reading Two Coal Fires and One Cock’s Crow
How much courage did it take you to come today? Maybe it didn’t take much thought at all; you’ve heard God call you to something, found out about this event, and knew that nothing was going to get in your way in order to be here today. Perhaps you heard about this event and thought… Continue reading Women’s Vocations Day
I heard the story recently of a priest whose church features a list of the ten commandments on display. A visitor to the church was looking forlornly at the list and said to the priest: ‘I’ve broken all of these… oh, except murder’ he hastily added. To non-Christians, Christianity can often seem like a religion… Continue reading Seek The Lord And Live
*** I did an interview with Premier Christian Radio for their programme ‘Called To Be A Priest.’ I’m on from 15:58! Click here to listen. *** Simon Peter's washing his nets after a hard night's work. By all accounts, it’s been a frustrating night: he and his friends have caught nothing, despite all their hard work, despite… Continue reading God Is Calling
When I was 15 I was given an assignment in school to set the three goals I wanted to achieve by the time I left school at 18. I thought long and hard about what the three things were I wanted to achieve and came up with goals I thought were eminently achievable: the first… Continue reading There’s More To Life Than Life
Good morning! It’s wonderful to be with you today; my name is Hannah and I work for Viva as Doorsteps Project Manager. Viva is an international children’s charity which grows locally-led partnerships who are committed to working together so that children are safe, well, and able to fulfil their God-given potential and last year we… Continue reading Named. Loved. Empowered.
I’ve been reading lots of stories on social media this week about how gyms across the country will this week put away all the extra equipment they’ve had out for the past two weeks as people’s New Year’s resolutions to get fit pretty abruptly fall by the wayside. The rhetoric surrounding New Year’s resolutions… Continue reading Be Filled. Be Free. Be Forgiven.