Dengie – a peninsula of opportunity!

The Philemon Project preaching opportunities begin this month in the Dengie Peninsula, Essex. I am Chair of a Local Board of the Vine Schools Trust providing governance for St Cedds CE School, Bradwell and Southminster CE School. One of the two Vicars on the board has kindly invited me to speak at his four churches over two Sunday’s.

So, I’ll be heading over there to speak:

Sunday 17th March
9.00am at St Lawrence CE Church
10.30am at St Thomas Parish Church, Bradwell
Sunday 24th March
10.00am Church of St Nicholas, Tillingham
3.00pm  St James Dengie CE Church,

I am looking forward to meeting the congregations, perhaps enhancing the relationship between church and schools but also preaching on what has become a favourite New Testament book to me.

The text of the sermons and an audio file is now available. Click here.

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Useless? NO!

Paul writes to Philemon watched by the ‘runaway slave’, Onesimus

The 2019 Philemon Project


Last summer, on a beach, I committed to studying and writing about the shortest book in the New Testament.  A booklet really! One chapter that I have loved since the days I used to re-tell the story in holiday clubs back in the 80’s.  But, I was useless and became too busy to focus my attention to the task!

Useless? No!

Like Onesimus I am renewing that commitment in 2019.

I plan to unpack the narrative, the text and the teaching.  Watch the video below and read on for further information:

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From Chelmsford Cathedral to The Dining Rooms

I can just begin to catch my breath!  The past three weeks have been quite a journey.  Here’s a taste:

  • Chelmsford Cathedral for an iSINGPop Christmas Concert – an exciting mixture of Christmas songs telling the story and children giving the message.  The icing on the cake was a masterful and direct talk by Bishop Stephen on how the nativity invites us to be part of the story.
  •  A round of Christmas nativities and concerts in eight schools , often providing the opportunity to say a word of thanks and make reference to the truth of the story told by the songs, narratives and drama.
  • All intertwined with a number of governance meetings, conversations with headteachers and others about the challenges and issues we are facing, parental complaints and staffing needs. A team meeting, breakfast meeting with a colleague and finishing today with lunch with colleagues (The Dining Rooms).
  • An appointment processes for a new clerk and an additional director.

Confirmed is my part as a tutor again for the Liverpool Hope University online course in Spring term 2019.

I wonder if and how I could have had space to conduct services this Christmas, though I miss that privilege and opportunity more than I can explain.  Will 2019 be the year I am able to develop the preaching ministry again that this website is about?

I need your prayers, promotion and encouragement as I look out over the horizon of Christmas,as and New Year and look forward to serving God in whatever way is made possible.

May you know God’s blessing and peace this Christmas.