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  • Key Workers - Chaplains

    As a church, we have a good friend who serves as a hospital chaplain, and who is very stretched right now.

    A couple of days ago, she put out a request for wooden crosses that could be offered to sick or dying patients as a tangible expression of love, faith and hope in these strange times.

    Today the palm crosses we cannot use, the 'stock' of holding crosses I keep for precisely this purpose, and my rosary will be picked up from the end of the path to our flats.

    Please pray for R, and for all chaplains, in healthcare, hospice, prison, military, educational and workplace settings at this time.  And for those to whom these crosses - and a few cross-shaped cards and angels I am also sending - may be a comfort.

    It's probably selfish, but the holding cross in the image is the one I have used for many years, and it, along with last year's palm cross, is staying put.

  • A Celtic Blessing for our Homes...

    One of the house-warming gifts I was given a decade ago from friends who were, then in Dibley (now in Northumbria).  Beautiful words from the Northumbria community.

  • A Celtic Circling Prayer

    Celtic Caim, or circling prayers, can be both comforting and powerful. 

    When praying a circling prayer, we may like to imagine ourselves stanidng, sitting or kneeling at the centre of a circle.  Some people find it helpful either to turn themselves round, or to trace a cricle in the air as they say the words.  

    This is a simple circling prayer I have valued over many years.  Of course you can add extra petitions of your own

    Circle me, Lord.
    Keep protection near
    And danger afar.

    Circle me, Lord
    Keep hope within.
    Keep doubt without.

    Circle me, Lord.
    Keep light near
    And darkness afar.

    Circle me, Lord.
    Keep peace within.
    Keep evil out

  • The first day of the new dispensation.

    I, for one, was relieved when, finally, last night, decisive action was taken to move from 'please be good and do the right thing' to 'do as you are told'. 

    I mistakenly thought that people as a whole would be sensible and grown up, and only a couple of weeks ago was naive emough to believe this epidemic could be contained if only we were sensible.  I was wrong.  In this broken and disordered world, sin greed, finitude - and even well-intentioned naivety - have brought us to this place of lock down.

    This morning I had a first attempt at recording a video to post on the church's Facebook page.

    I haven't yet mangaed to get it to this blog, but for now, if you follow this link (it may take a while to load, and be sure to 'unmute') you will hopefully find it - and yes, I did cry at the end.

    If you want to follow our facebook page without signing up then you can bookmark this link to see our posts.

  • The Seventh Day

    On the seventh day, God rested - and so will I