Vicar’s blog March 2020

Vicar’s Blog ~ March 2020 Dear friends, By now you will probably have heard our news, announced on 23rd February, that after 17 years as Vicar of St Mary Magdalene’s, I have accepted the invitation from the Crown to take up the post of Canon Chancellor of Rochester Cathedral. Such a decision and all it entails yields a mixture of … Read More

Ash Wednesday 2020 ~ Stop/Start Lent

Ash Wednesday 2020 ~ Stop/Start Lent Recently I changed my car, and it has one of those clever systems such that when the car stops at traffic lights, the engine cuts out, saving fuel and creating no emissions. It’s a small thing, but if lots of vehicles do it then it will make some small difference to environmental pollution no … Read More

Transfiguration on Mount Tabor

The Sunday next before Lent: Transfiguration on Mount Tabor Matthew 17:1-8 ’Tis good, Lord, to be here, Thy beauty to behold Where Moses and Elijah stand, Thy messengers of old.  Fulfiller of the past, Promise of things to be, We hail Thy body glorified And our redemption see. Words from the gradual hymn, by Joseph Armitage Robinson (1858-1933). There are … Read More

Magazine February 2020

2020 Ash Wednesday magazine

Parish Magazine ~ February 2020Lent 2020 How do we belong to God and with Jesus? This year’s Lent Book is by David Walker, Bishop of Manchester, who writes: ‘Again and again, as I have sought to look into both the scriptures and my own life, I have heard in the silence the one who assures me, ever more strongly, ‘You … Read More

Vicar’s Blog February 2020

Vicar’s Blog ~ February 2020 Dear Friends, Perhaps you saw the harrowing and shaming couple of programmes about Bishop Peter Ball and his high crimes and misdemeanours on television recently. They were not happy watching by any means, and it may only be small comfort to know that nowadays any appointment of any clergyman or woman is also accompanied by … Read More