For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven…a time to plant… (Ecclesiastes 3:1) As you may recall, I like gardening, although I am far from being an expert.  I enjoy watching “Gardener’s World”, entranced by Monty Don’s expertise and passion, and, of course, his canine accomplices Nellie and Patty.  Early […]

June – Minister’s Letter

Darwen is a Lancashire mill town, nestled in a narrow valley just south of Blackburn.  The Tower (with spiral steps leading up to an observation platform) was opened in 1898, primarily commemorating Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee, but also a victory for the local people over a landowner, re-establishing their right to roam the moors.  On […]

Creation – it is GOOD

A prayer by Christian Aid’s Global Theology Advisor, Bob Kikuyu Great God, Who makes the sun to rise, and opens the heavens Hear the cry of the people Who sow in hope for rain, but reap only despair Hear the cry of the people Seeking shelter from the storm, their hopes and homes submerged Hear […]

Mr & Mrs Cleopas

Musing on the story of Mr. and Mrs. Cleopas encountering the risen Jesus as they travelled the dusty road from Jerusalem to Emmaus, I came across this advice from an unexpected source. Charlie Chaplin lived for 88 years and left us the following statement: Nothing is for ever in this world, not even our problems. […]

May – Minister’s letter

This is a busy time of year for major festivals in the church, isn’t it? There is quite a lot to reflecton in the space of a couple of months, from life to death to resurrection to ascension. It musthave been quite a roller-coaster of emotional energy for the disciples too. First came the joy […]

April – Minister’s letter

  Dear friendsAn “inherited” saintpaulia (African Violet) had an old, thick stem sticking out of the pot, which had stopped flowering, and the leaves were wilting one by one. I carefully took off a couple of still healthy leaves and suspended them over a jar of water, placing them in the corner of a windowsill. […]