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Funeral Poem

Posted on September 22, 2014 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (11048)

Sometimes at funerals you get someone who forgets to turn of their mobile, and it rings.  Occassionaly they have the nerve to answer it and in best stage whisper tell us all they are at a funeral.  In 2012 I had one such incident which annoyed me slightly, and persuaded me to rewrite that oft used funeral poem "Do not stand at my grave and weep".  And so, without further ado, I present my version


Do not stand at my grave and tweet,

I am not there; My phone won't beep.

I'm not the thousand tones you know,

I'm not the one who is feeling low,

I'm not the tune with loud refrain,

That causes Clergy to look pained.

When you disturb the mourning’s hush

I'm not the swift searching rush

Of desperate hands in increasing plight.

Searching for mute to end this blight.

Do not stand and make a din,

I am not there; I will not ring.


In Remembrance 1914 -1918

Posted on August 4, 2014 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (13794)

"The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our life-time"



Big Local Funday

Posted on August 2, 2014 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (12708)


If people ask what Church is about, there can be so many answers, and one of them is community. Today we took part in a community event, organised by the East Coseley Big Local. The weather in the morning was dreadful, and I had thought it would be a washout, but luckily for us the weather improved, and the sun shone down on us. We had a stall at the funday to get to know the local community, and had the Church open so people could pop in to visit and spend a few quiet moments. Of course position is everything, and so i had to make sure that we had a good spot, in the background was the bouncy castle, but more important was what was opposite us


Yes, straight opposite the BBQ, run by two of the local PCSO's.

We had a number of people come to talk to us about the Church, themselves and the local community, people who had passed the church every day of their working lives and never stepped inside. Well today many of them did, even if for just a look around.

I'd like to thank Neil Langford of the East Coseley Big Local for inviting us to take part, and I look forward to us being a presence at many more community events.

And we're off

Posted on June 7, 2014 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (16723)

Well we are up and running at last, although still lots of paperwork to do.

The parish is off to a good start, we have a wedding blessing on the 15th, as well as Mass on the 22nd.  We need to let people know about the fact we are there, so pastoral visits are getting started.  If you live locally we would love to see you on the 22nd, as well as a warm welcome I can promise you tea, coffee and a good chin wag.

It's getting closer

Posted on May 21, 2014 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (8403)

Well the big day is approaching fast, and its almost all systems go.  The sign went up this morning, and we delivered the essential supplies (hymn books etc), and I finally remembered to tell the organist what hymns we were having.  It's a slightly weird feeling to know that after months of negotiations and planning we will soon be at the moment when a Parish is born.  I'd like to invite any of you who are able to attend the dedication, however we only have seating for about 80.


Off visiting

Posted on April 5, 2014 at 2:50 AM Comments comments (16984)

Today I'm off to St Thomas's Priory to see my Bishop and discuss the service of Dedication for St Dismas.  Not only are there the formalities of the service, but all the legal and financial bits and pieces to arrange.  I'm grateful to +John for all the advice he has given me, the support from the church has made the process of organizing everything a lot easier.  Luckily after Easter I'm on retreat so I can try to clear my mind before returning to the fray.

Oh well, off to see the boss, and check my plans are ok

A new begining

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (21641)

Having spent my time in ministry so far working in mission, May will bring pastures new.  My first posting as a Parish Priest will be at St Dismas, Coseley.  It brings about many changes, especially as it is a new church plant. Over the weeks and months ahead we need to grow not just a congregation, but a community.  I've been lucky to attend a Mission Shaped Ministry course, based around Fresh Expressions of Church.  Although not all ideas work in an Old Catholic Church, it has given me a framework to work with.  Not only that, but I've made some good friends along the way.

So I would invite anyone who lives in the Coseley area to come and visit us, to become part of a growing church.


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