Advent 4 2019

Do you remember the Blue Peter Advent Crown? Every year the long-running children’s programme used to show the nation’s children how to make an advent crown, a decoration for the season, fashioned out of coat hangers and tinsel. The candle holders were made out of bottle tops, and the tinsel wrapped around it. Simple.  Simple but deadly! I don’t think … Read More

Advent 4 2018

After our wonderful Nine Lessons and Carols last Sunday, when I eventually got home I sat down to watch a programme introduced by Griff Rhys Jones called ‘Dickens and the invention of Christmas’. I wonder if you saw it? I won’t say much about it, not leastly because it gladdened my heart to see on TV what I have been … Read More

Looking Forward With Mary

It seems like only a few weeks ago that a group of us went to the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth and stood outside it and sang ‘Gabriel’s Message’. Well yes, it was only a few weeks ago – well 19 weeks in fact. There we were in the sunshine of the middle east, singing a Christmas Carol: The … Read More