October 28, 2018

Why, you may justifiably ask, should the feast of Sts Simon and Jude remind me of a very popular children’s show from the mid 1950s until the 1980s called Crackerjack!?

I remember watching Crackerjack hosted early on by Eamonn Andrews on black and white tv with my siste...

October 2, 2018

(Isaiah 65.19-22, Galatians 5.22-25) Like most of you, I was glued to the television for the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics. I’d more than a passing interest in it because my husband’s godson was performing in the amazing Spectacular, in which we showcase...

August 26, 2018

(John 6.56-69) Sixty one years ago, my grandfather celebrated his 80th birthday by taking all his family out to dinner, and then to the theatre where we enjoyed Flanders and Swann in “At the Drop of a Hat”. It was all that time ago that I heard the ‘song of the relucta...

June 24, 2018

When I was teaching history we used to go every year with 200 11-12 year olds to a Tudor manor house in Suffolk called Kentwell.  It was in the parish of Long Melford and for a month in the summer they reconstructed a particular year of Tudor history.  We, both staff a...

May 27, 2018

(Ezekiel 1:4-10,22-28; Revelation 4) I’m guessing you all know the first words that God speaks in the Bible.  God said: ‘Let there be light.’  That’s Genesis 1.  What about God’s first words in Gen 2?  Possibly not so familiar - “It is not good that the man should be a...

February 25, 2018

(Genesis 12:1-9; Hebrews 11:1-3,8-16) Many there may be who think of Great Britain as ‘our’ country, and resent the arrival of migrants from overseas - but the movement of peoples has been a feature of human civilisation in every age. Indeed, I read just this week that...

February 11, 2018

(2 Kings 2:1-12; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9) Provided I don’t fall off the ladder, the church will look very different next Sunday, dressed as it will be in the austerity of Lent. And hopefully the difference between how the church will look in Lent and how it has...

January 28, 2018

(1 Samuel 3:1-20, 1 Corinthians 14:12-20) As many as 1 million older people are starving in their homes because of loneliness and isolation, according to a cross-party parliamentary report.  There is always a degree of hype around such headlines.  But if it’s anywhere...

October 25, 2017

Here’s an interesting fact.  Actually it’s not very interesting at all, but allows me to use it as an illustration: the fact that James Watson and Francis Crick discovered the double helix structure of DNA in the same year this church was rebuilt – 1953. 

On the fa...

October 8, 2017

(Matthew 18, 21-35) I woke up last Monday morning to hear the radio announcing that it was the 16th anniversary of 9/11. I remembered watching the television as the planes smashed into the twin towers – and, knowing that my son was in New York, sitting frozen until his...

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