First Sunday of Social Distancing

It’s 10:30am Sunday morning, the 4th Sunday in Lent, Mothering Sunday, the first Sunday of Social Distancing and I’m sitting in Ansty Road all alone. I’ve put some notices on the outside noticeboards and on the doors, I’ve had a chat with the taxi drivers forlornly waiting for a fare and now the computer is … [Read more…]

Blessed Community

Boundary Stone, field on left is green with thriving plants, field on right everything is dead.

During February we focus on the Sermon on the Mount. It begins with Beatitudes, a series of blessings for broken, vulnerable, marginal people who are each valued in the currency of God’s reign.  Often we end with the last blessing, but carry on – “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has … [Read more…]

Knive Angel

I went to see the Knife Angel this week. It was glistening in the early morning sun, looking resplendent and serene. All the time I was there, other people were coming to look, photograph, talk about the message it brings, the times we live in that creates art out of confiscated knives. It is a … [Read more…]

NOT closing

I’m delighted that our Church Meeting in January decided that St.Columba’s should stay open for at least the next year. I thank all who were there for their honesty, careful deliberation and willingness to close the building, but ultimately for their faith that God still has a role for us in this place. Seeking a … [Read more…]


There is a style of poetry that doesn’t use punctuation  but leaves big gaps between phrases                                                              Amongst  the leaf             … [Read more…]