Rector’s Blog

Stop, Look, Ask

Jeremiah 6:16 Thus says the LORD: “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls. Dear Minster and Friends I couldn’t help thinking as Tracy Cotterell was preaching on Sunday and mentioning the sudden and unexpected storms […]


Dear Minster and Friends, This has been a turbulent week in our nation – filled with confusion, disorder and disarray – especially in the political sphere. As Christians though our hearts may ache and our minds can feel overloaded- we can also bring all this to God – it is called prayer. The German theologian […]

Trials Of Various Kinds

  Dear Minster and Friends, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” (James 1: 2,3) After the excitement of New Year and Christmas Holidays the first working weeks of January can be a bit of a shock to […]

New Year

Dear Minster and Friends, “Being hurried is an inner condition, a condition of the soul. It means to be so preoccupied with myself and my life that I am unable to be fully present with God, with myself, and with other people. I am unable to occupy this present moment. Busy-ness migrates to hurry when we let it […]

Coming Home For Christmas

Dear Minster and Friends, The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light…on them, light has shined…For the yoke of their burden…For a child has been born for us, a son is given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and He is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. […]

Immanuel: God with us

Dear Minster and Friends, I remember going to a Christian conference and listening to a theology professor speak. To this day I still remember his message; he made the point that one of the most important words within the bible is the word “with” but that often we make the mistake of primarily relating to […]

His Name Shall Be…

Dear Minster and Friends, It feels as though the Christmas season is now fully upon us. For some this might be an unsettling thought, but we are now less than two weeks away from the big day! In the business of our commercialised Christmas and oh-so familiar seasonal traditions it can be all too easy […]

What’s in a name?

Dear Minster and Friends, I wonder if you have you ever taken the time to consider the various names that are given to Jesus around the birth narrative? Among them include that he will be called Jesus because he will save his people from their sins.  (Matt 1:21) Immanuel which means God with us (Isaiah […]

Urgent Prayer Alert

Dear Minster and Friends, ‘Jacob woke up from his sleep. He said, “God is in this place—truly.’ Genesis 28:16 This week’s email goes out as a prayer request for today. Tonight from 6:30pm Chiltern Council will be meeting to determine the planning application; including for a new church and the restorations and repair of the track. For those of […]

Rethink and Planning

Dear Minster and Friends, Joint Worship and Prayer for Rethink  This Wednesday (14th November!) 7:30pm – 9:30pm in the Tent In John 17, we learn that Jesus’ great prayer for the Church is that we would be one, just as he is one with the Father. Jesus goes on to explain that this prayer is […]