When you're near

I don’t much like the celebration of New Year, with its mixture of late night, enforced jollity, and a certain nervousness about what is...

Every inch a King

www.papalencyclicals.net may not be one of your regular online haunts, but, believe you me, it’s fascinating. Here is the place to find...

Devotion and Discipline

Today, as well as being Armistice Day, is St Martin’s Day. Martin was born in 316 AD in what we now know as Hungary. He was soldier who,...

The Month of the Dead

As descriptions of November go, it’s a pretty stark one. Perhaps more so when you know where I first heard it. Aged 19, with some fellow...

If not you, who?

For the last few weeks, you will have seen a picture of your beloved Vicar in this publication, grinning from ear to ear next to this...

Read Mark and Learn

The story goes that, aged 31, Augustine of Hippo was in a personal crisis. A distinguished young professor of rhetoric in Milan, he was...

Jesus bids us shine

Be of good comfort, Master Ridley, and play the man; we shall this day light such a candle by God’s grace in England as shall never be...

Seasonal confusions

As servants of the message of hope, we are being asked to make autumn feel like spring. Andrew Read, Diocesan Director of Education &...

Be an angel

Yesterday, two angels began new ministries in the church of God. One angel (I can hardly believe I’m writing this), our very own Andrew...

Regathering the gathered

Last Saturday the Parochial Church Council (PCC) spent a happy and productive day together at Lucy Cavendish College. The day was made up...

Surprised by a stone

Today – as you perhaps know – is St Ninian’s Day. The primary sources for what we know of Ninian is Bede’s Historia ecclesiastica gentis...

Anger and Kindness

In these days when everybody hates everybody else, anyone who is not snarling at something – or everything – is an anachronism. That...

To live is to change

I have been blessed to work for some very good bishops in the dioceses of Lichfield, Coventry, and Oxford. My beloved Bishop (and friend)...

The heat is on

As this is a double edition of the eMag, I am writing my letter early — and I happen to be writing it on what is technically the last of...

Be kind to one another

Last Sunday I was worshipping in York Minster. The words of the Epistle, as always, struck at my heart: Be kind to one another,...

Running the Race

I was pinged on Sunday last — and thus began four days of hardship and suffering as I was forced into self-isolation. However, to...

Charity and Love

In his speech to the House of Commons last week in the debate on overseas aid, the Chancellor of the Exchequer said: I know that a deep...

Inclusion and change

Today's reflection is from the Associate Vicar, Rev'd Devin McLachlan "It's not inclusion if you invite people into a space you are...

Ponder anew

In a PS at the end of last week's 'From the Vicar' I said that in the Hebrew Scriptures, the word for 'glory' derives from the Hebrew...

A spectacular Friday concert

Alina Vorobyeva (clarinet) and Anastasia Matkovskaia (piano) stunned us with the quality of their music at a recital in Great St Mary's,...