Category Archives: Letters

God’s big house

Dear Friends,

One door leads to another in Gods big house….

John 14: 1-7

I feel as though God opened a front door and let us into a house where there was a warm welcome, but more doors to open before we could find the purpose of the invitation. I am so grateful, and privileged, that the front door opened and we have been able to spend time in the hallway before being shown to the next door to a room where we will find something new! CONTINUE READING ...

Our gate in prayer

Dear Friends,

This week I have been reminded of a reflection I shared a year ago about how we can lean on our Gate in prayer to find a new life waiting for us from John 10 verses 1-10….

We have talked about having to knock on doors in recent months, but we also continue to lean on our Gate as we pray about the future! To get to the door we have to go through a gate! CONTINUE READING ...

Unmute the muted!

Dear Friends,

Unmute the muted!

As a Zoom host I have the power to silence people and, if they refuse to be muted, I can dismiss them to a waiting room until they calm down. What power!

Such power is disturbing though because it can be evident in daily life as people have their voice taken away and they are denied the opportunity to tell their story. CONTINUE READING ...

We do have good news to share, don’t we

Service with Revd. Nick Stanyon –

By what power did you do this? Acts 4

Easter is dangerous. At least to preachers.

Every so often you hear of one ending up in hospital on Easter day. Poisoned. By eating daffodils!!

It was a topic of debate on the URC ministers facebook group again this year, and I have to say I cringed at the comments saying you could eat this bit of the daffodil, but not that bit. In truth, eating any of it can give you a very nasty stomach ache – not at all to be recommended! CONTINUE READING ...

Plant for the future

Dear Friends,

Plant for the future,

but dont obscure the vision!

As I sat on a bench in prayer my vision was as far as I could see and that was to the distant horizon. Without vision I will perish, but with it there will always be a horizon.

Our faith takes us on a journey to a horizon, but when we reach it we will have to refocus on a new vision because there will be another horizon. Between my bench and the horizon I could see so much, but there is also a lot I dont see. CONTINUE READING ...

Some well intentioned advice

Dear Friends,

When trying to give me some well intentioned advice on taking time off a minister friend of mine said: “When I am expected to be in two places at once I don’t go to either!”

So, what do you do when you are always expected to be in two places at once: NOTHING! CONTINUE READING ...

Join together to dispel the darkness!

Dear Friends,

Join together to dispel the darkness!

Matthew 5: 14-16

One single light is a sign of hope in the darkness, but a city of lights displaces the darkness and brings hope to life. One voice is a whisper of peace in the silence, but many voices is a choir of angels declaring peace to the world. One light or one voice, can be an inspiring sign or whisper, but it needs others to make something happen. CONTINUE READING ...

What becomes of the broken hearted…?

Dear Friends,

What becomes of the broken hearted…?

I have been reflecting this week on a question asked many years ago by Motown singer Jimmy Ruffin in a hit, What becomes of the broken hearted?

Forgive me if it wasnt your style of music in 1965, or if you werent yet born, but Easter is a time for a healing of broken hearts and for people to find new life from their despair and grief. CONTINUE READING ...

Are you a Christmas child or Easter adult?

Dear Friends,

Are you a Christmas child or Easter adult?

As children we do as we are told — more or less! — but when we mature into adulthood we choose what we want to do!

That is what separates Easter and Christmas — and identifies the men from the boys and girls from the women. In between we experience the transition from childhood to adulthood. CONTINUE READING ...