I’m currently sitting on a train returning back to The Shire from a meeting of trustees for Transcendence, the governance that makes Sanctum happen. We have been planning for the year ahead and then beyond into the future. As I reflect on the recent development of Sanctum, it is strange to think that the main
This is an idea I have shamelessly stolen from @revleahvs. Play is such an important part of learning. One Sunday night I watched a ten year old from Holy Nativity put her arms up in the air and recount the words of invitation I use at the eucharist. We learn through playing. So we
As part of the Renewal and Reform agenda, the Archbishops’ Estates Evangelism Task Group have been hard at work for the last two years*. In the coming weeks I will post more about how things are progressing with the “commitment to action“. Our estates projects are working toward a thriving, growing, loving church on every
We were discussing welcome on Facebook and someone shared this video. It made me laugh.
The lectionary text this morning was Genesis 12:1-4. This is the passage where God makes a promise to Abram that he will have descendants as numerous as the stars. So I took a trip to The Range. This is my regular Saturday afternoon haunt when prepping for Church on Sunday morning. To make our starry
Since the late 19th century, The Church has been held hostage to one of the most theologically facile songs that has ever been sung during a service. All of the accusations of “pie in the sky when you die” and a “bearded man in the sky” can be found in this universal favourite. When combined
The Nursery Rhyme Mass is one of the most interesting developments in sacramental ministry with children that I’ve come across. Fr Simon and other contributors like Mtr Leah have been using familiar tunes to engage the young and old with the sacraments. I haven’t yet had time to be able to incorporate a regular worship
We have just spent a few hours in the Guggenheim museum. One of the current exhibitions is the work of Niki de Saint Phalle. She apparently grew up in a convent school. I am assuming that influenced a couple of her pieces.
Last Thursday I went to a conference called “Evidence to Action” at Cutler’s Hall in Sheffield. The Church (TM) has recently published the report “From Anecdote to Evidence” having conducted some thorough research into church growth. I may write about some other aspects of the research and the conference but for now I will address
Today, I’m in the middle of leading group sessions as part of the Year 7 retreat programme in a large Church of England secondary school. The children and youth department from WYAD hand me the activity and then it evolves as the day proceeds. With groups of ten pupils we started exploring the changes in