Sunday’s Coming (25/2/18)

John 13:1-17 is about feet… Washing feet… dirty, smelly feet! We usually read this passage on Maundy Thursday so to deal with it this early in Lent gives us the chance to look at it in a very different context.  (We have skipped a chapter so it’s worth reading chapter 12… there are lots of Read More …

Sunday’s Coming (18/2/18)

John 11:1-44… Lazarus. Jesus’ friend. Dying. And what does Jesus do?  Something else.  There’s no hurry.  No rush to see him or any hint that he might save him.  So many miracles, so many strangers healed, made whole, restored… why not Lazarus? Again the story is laden with symbolism but there’s some real raw emotion Read More …

encouraging community

  I love when someone asks,”Can we do ….?”.  Mostly the answer is easy… YES!!!  (And why are you asking me? It’s YOUR church!) A Burns Supper… a family meal with poems, dancing, song and speeches.  And this is what it looked like.  150 people of all ages enjoying haggis, neeps and tatties, the talents Read More …

Night Church

For five minutes or a couple of hours on the first Sunday of the month people come and sit in a candlelit church. Sometimes it is the simplest idea that catches the imagination. Providing a place of sanctuary and stillness is one of the gifts the church can provide to a busy world full of Read More …

Two Empires and a King

(photo Avril Cutler) As I read a large chunk of the story of Jesus’ trial and crucifixion this morning I was struck, not for the first time, by the role of the Empire. Pilate is the Roman Governor and so plays the part of the Empire in political terms.  He tries Jesus and finds no Read More …

Playful Church

I’ve just spent a few days at college considering play and creativity in the context of church. I have lots of notes and thoughts, but the one that has stuck with me is about space to play and create art. Play is at the centre of creativity. Play is about trying things out.  It’s about Read More …

Weird Church

I’m training to be a minister. I have all kinds of issues with that statement, but for now it can just be a few words that give context to what follows. Part of my training is to spend time with the Scottish Episcopal Institute studying a diploma in theology for ministry.  I had very little Read More …