Priest’s Blog: March 2021

Priest’s Blog ~ March 2021 ASK: The Second Sunday of Lent. “If any want to become my followers.” Dear friends, friends old and new, what a relief we had this week. We now know how the exit of the current lock down looks and we can begin to make flexible plans. Please don’t make rash decisions and put yourself or … Read More

Priest’s Blog: February 2021

Priest’s Blog ~ February 2021 ASK: The Second Sunday Before Lent. “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” Dear friends, friends old and new, God bless the NHS and Captain Sir Tom who died this week. If any one encapsulated God’s flesh at work in this world it was Sir Tom and all those who were galvanised by … Read More

Priest’s Blog: January 2021

Priest’s Blog ~ January 2021 ASK: Feast of the Epiphany “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews?” Dear friends, friends old and new, Happy New Year. A greeting that is given more in hope than in the now. We have the promise of a vaccine that is already being rolled out but also the new … Read More

Priest’s Blog: December 2020

Priest’s Blog ~ December 2020

ASK: The Second Sunday of Advent

‘The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me;’ Mk1: 7

Dear friends,

friends old and new, we must first thank Arch Deacon John for sharing his thoughts as we remember the Prophets. Also we stand alongside David and Gill with all their family as we lay Johanna Bird to rest in our Memorial Garden. Johanna, David’s mother, was resident at Woodbury Manor and I had the privilage of talking with her over many weeks. Don’t worry David, I won’t say a word.

Priest’s Blog: November 2020

Priest’s Blog ~ November 2020 ASK: The Third Sunday before Advent – Remembrance Sunday Dear friends, Friends old and new, this time last week we were sort of expecting it, the second lockdown that is, but we didn’t quite know what to expect. I really thought the Government would wait until after the services of remembrance. In anticipation I prepared … Read More

Priest’s Blog: October 2020

Priest’s Blog ~ October 2020 Trinity 17: “Who’s vineyard is it?”. Dear friends Friends old and new it seems that the virus is now spreading again and more stringent regulations are being put in place across the northeast and northwest and creeping south. People, it seems are forgetting just how virulent covid-19 is and are taking risks with their behaviour. … Read More

Priest’s Blog: September 2020

Priest’s Blog ~ September 2020 Trinity 13: We have a blueprint for dealing with conflict. Dear friends, Friends old and new, here we are this week beginning to take baby steps and reintroduce a Eucharist. It will not be the same as before COVID-19, there will be no singing of hymns, we will distribute the host at the chancel step … Read More

Priest’s Blog: August 2020

Priest’s Blog ~ August 2020 Trinity 8: ‘Are you a feeder too?’ Dear friends, Friends old and new, are you a feeder? Here at St Marys we are a hospitable lot, we love our parties, our coffee mornings and all those events when we gather around a table. If the call goes out for a plate to share, then two … Read More

Priest’s Blog: July 2020

Priest’s Blog ~ July 2020 Trinity 4 Dear friends, Friends old and new. Another week has rolled on and covid-19 is still very much with us, our guard must remain up. Please keep doing what you have been doing. That is keeping safe and well. We can now see a return to Holy Communion on the distant horizon. Rochester Cathedral … Read More

Priest’s blog: Ask Trinity 2

Priest’s Blog ~ June 2020 ASK: Trinity 2 Dear Friends, Well it has happened, Gordon has gone from our everyday lives. Gone but will return for the real leaving and the presents and the party. We wish him, Jessica and Maria well in their new life in Rochester and in their new home. Life, as they say, must go on, … Read More

Priest’s Blog: Ask Trinity 1

Priest’s Blog ~ June 2020ASK: Trinity 1 Dear friends, I hope the past week has been good for you and that you remain safe and well. Apart from pounding the pavements of Bush Hill Park ours has been much the same as every other in this very strange time. But there have been a couple of little highlights. On Monday … Read More

Vicar’s Blog: ASK Pentecost

Vicar’s Blog ~ May 2020 ASK: Pentecost Dear friends, Nearly twenty years ago, just after the Millennium had inspired us in all sorts of ways, folk began to notice that over the horizon was the year 2020. Not quite palindromic, it is a double number, of promise, and of course, of vision. With eyesight so much in the news this … Read More

ASK Easter 7

Vicar’s Blog ~ May 2020 ASK Easter 7 Dear Friends, Another Bank Holiday weekend at home arrives swiftly on the tails of the last one.  I do hope you can enjoy it in some way.  Last week I talked about inching forward – perhaps this was ambitious and I should have used the lesser measurement of a centimetre, Brexit notwithstanding!  … Read More

Vicar’s Blog ~ ASK: Easter 6

Vicar’s Blog ~ May 2020 ASK: Easter 6 Dear friends, Another week of lockdown passes, and we now hear that London has moved from being one of the worst-infected areas of the country to the lower end of the scale of suffering. We can be thankful for small mercies, without complacency or lack or realism. As with everything else we … Read More

Vicar’s Blog ~ ASK: Easter 5

Vicar’s Blog ~ May 2020 Easter 5 Dear Friends, I hope and pray the bank holiday is treating you well and you are getting some sunshine! This has become a weekly weekend missive, and now we have passed forty days and nights of lockdown, we are becoming used to being a parish church connected more virtually than physically. The fact … Read More

Vicar’s Blog ~ ASK: Easter 4

Vicar’s Blog ~ May 2020ASK Easter 4 Dear Friends, Perhaps this saying is familiar to you: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference. The prayer this is based on was composed by American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr sometime around 1932. It has been … Read More

ASK – Easter 3

Vicar’s Blog ~ April 2020ASK – Easter 3 Dear friends, I don’t often quote a bank, but the phrase used by Barclays this week, ‘we may be further apart but we have never been closer’ has special resonance, not only at this time, but for us the community of Christ. We have always felt close to others from whom we … Read More

ASK: Lock down extended

Vicar’s Blog ~ April 2020Ask: Lock down Christ is risen: Alleluia! He is risen indeed! Alleluia! Dear friends, The lock down has been extended, which comes as no surprise really. Perhaps we are getting used to it in a strange way. I hope and pray that everyone is well and coping. Jayne B is in hospital (not with the virus), so … Read More

ASK: Maundy Thursday – Easter

2020 Holy Week and Easter slider

Vicar’s Blog ~ April 2020 ASK: Maundy Thursday – Easter As we enter the great three days (Triddum) of Easter it is going to be one the like of which we have never seen or experienced.  Hard as it is, we must embrace this, embrace it with fortitude, conviction, determination, humility and a sense of purpose that this is necessary.  … Read More

Palm Sunday 2020

Palm Sunday 2020 In order to slow down the infection rate, churches are closed and clergy told to stay away. The last time this happened was in 1208 when King John refused to accept Pope Innocent’s Archbishop of Canterbury, Stephen Langton. So the pope put England under an ‘interdict’ which endured between March 1208 and May 1213, thereby preventing the … Read More