Magazine December 2015

2015 Christmas services

The Vicarage, 30, The Ridgeway One can always tell Christmas is coming when complete strangers talk to Vicars on trains. Last week I was travelling on a very busy tube train during the rush hour, and the lady against whom I was being crushed turned to me and said ‘It must be your busy time now’. ‘Yes’ I said, ‘but … Read More

Eschatological Escapings

One can always tell Christmas is coming when complete strangers talk to Vicars unprompted. When I got off the bus the other day another man who was getting off saw my dog collar and said, ‘Big G’s having a hard time at the moment isn’t he?’. Assuming he was referring to events in Paris, Syria and so on, I said … Read More

Christ the King 2015

On 9th April 1940 Hitler’s Germany invaded Denmark. It was the shortest engagement of the Second World War, lasting a mere six hours. During the ensuing German occupation, all Jewish people in Denmark were told to identify themselves by wearing armbands with yellow stars of David. The King did not defy the orders, but rather had every Jew wear the … Read More