Sowing with tears and reaping with joy

THE THRESHOLD PROJECT – IT’S REALLY GOING TO HAPPEN!! I am delighted to be able to report that St Michael & All Angels has been granted a faculty authorising the development of the Threshold Project, the west extension extension traditionally known as a narthex.  Continue reading “Sowing with tears and reaping with joy”

A little springtime

I remember the journey from London to Monmouth over 11 years ago. Leaving one role and about to start another – I had cause for hope and optimism – travelling to a new place, a new landscape, a new context to share the gospel. During that journey, I heard the shocking news that Br Roger, the prior of the ecumenical monastic community in Taizé, France had been murdered, stabbed in the back, during prayers. I felt desolate but also outraged about this attack on a helpless man of God who was reaching the natural end of his life. Continue reading “A little springtime”

A good news narrative

At a time when we hear so much in the media about the decline of the Church – how Christianity is irrelevant, how misguided the people of faith are – I thought it would be good to demonstrate how one church, St Michael & All Angels, Summertown is bucking that trend. There is no magic ingredient to numerical growth or the deeper development of the faith-life, only that God is allowed to be God in our community of faith. Continue reading “A good news narrative”

The wilds of nature

We must have officially entered the Great British garden season now that the Chelsea Flower Show is upon us, or the Chelsea Shower Flow if you are visiting in the rain! The garden plays an important part in British culture, behaviour and architecture. Our domestic plots of lawn, flowers and trees reveals a nations humble attempt to suppress and contain the wilds of nature. Continue reading “The wilds of nature”