Tag: Ministry

Speaking Truth

An(other) early start for me this morning. It’s nearly Christmas and there just aren’t enough hours in the day at the moment! The week before Christmas is the second busiest week in my year (the busiest being Holy Week). So it’s a pressured time, but also one of the best times. As well as the…

The other 6 days of the week

While I was visiting friends this weekend, a few people quizzed me about the mystery life of a curate. We all know ministers work on Sundays, but what about the other six days of the week?  You know, all those days off…

Facing Death: World Cancer Day

Today is World Cancer Day. This morning my social media streams contained a steady drip of reminders about it. Some were stories of hope and healing, but more were of battle and bereavement. Even the word “cancer” is difficult. As a descriptor of illness it’s so incredibly general as to be practically semantically empty, but simultaneously its…

A Queer Sort of Christmas

All I want for Christmas, just about now, is a break! I read somewhere in the last few days that being ordained really messes with your family Christmas traditions, and I can testify to that. I will still get a holiday – it’ll just happen when every else goes back to work. Before that, though, I have to finish…

What our youngsters are hoping for

On Friday I was part of a team that spent the morning at a local primary school with a Scripture Union worker, running an interactive session on Advent and Christmas, called Bubblegum’n’Fluff. We had over 2 hours with around thirty P6 children, playing games, doing crafts, and telling stories that would help to refresh and deepen their knowledge of the Christian tradition…