Curate’s Blog

Live Lent – Week 1 – Change

Jesus attends a wedding at Cana at which disaster strikes: the wine runs out!  Jesus’ mother asks for his help. At Jesus’ instructions water is poured into some large jars, they are filled to the brim. As the water is then drawn out from the jars it is transformed.  Water has become wine. Not just…

Ash Wednesday

Today is Ash Wednesday, a day to remember that we are ‘dust and ashes’ and to look our mortality in the face. We do so not to make us miserable or morbid. The reason is actually just the opposite. As we embrace our mortality we find freedom to take hold afresh of the gift of life.…

Happy New Year

A New Year begins. Perhaps it offers new opportunities and possibilities. It certainly offers the chance to live differently even within realities that don’t change. Step Out … As you reflect on your Advent and Christmas journey with God, the time spent in prayer, listening, watching, waiting and ultimately welcoming Jesus, it might be that…

God With Us – Advent Week 4

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without presents nor the moment of excitement as gifts are unwrapped or stockings emptied. It takes a bit of time, but we can’t enjoy the gift until we’ve done it. Advent Week 4 – Welcoming Prayer is a kind of unwrapping. As we pray we begin to receive a gift from God,…

God With Us – Advent Week 3

For a child, waiting for Christmas is part of the excitement. Many still enjoy the Advent calendar countdown, whether or not accompanied by chocolate! Advent Week 3 – Waiting Prayer is not an instant fix with immediate answers to your personal requests. It is much more like a kind of waiting, perhaps even a longing. As…

God With Us – Advent Week 2

The lights of Christmas – in shops, on streets and in our homes – are bold, beautiful, colourful and often dazzling. Occasionally one small light catches our eye – perhaps a candle’s flickering flame – and we see something new. Advent Week 2 – Watching Prayer is taking time to look. It’s pausing long enough to…

God With Us – Advent Week 1

The weeks before Christmas can be busy and noisy. There are moments and places where silence is a gift, like the quiet of a city street or country lane after a fall of snow. Advent Week 1 – Listening Prayer does not begin, or end, with words. It starts in stillness and finds its fullest expression…

We Will Remember Them…

“Remember, remember the 5th of November, gunpowder treason and plot!” A well known rhyme which I used to sing at school as the clocks went back, the nights drew in and became colder and I started to get excited about fireworks and then Christmas!! November marks a season of remembrance… We think of our loved…

Happy Easter!

We are now entering the season in the church year known as Eastertide. A time to remember Jesus’ death on Good Friday and then on Easter Day his glorious resurrection. While we may well have finished our chocolate by the following Sunday, Christians continue to celebrate this time of joy, hope and re birth for 50…