Rector’s Blog

Cherry Picking

Dear Minster and Friends, The summer continues! It should be a scorcher this weekend at Latimer Minster, almost certainly we will have the side flaps down for a wonderful celebration together, which will have the great groups for all the children as well as the dedication of Leo Jackson in the earlier part of the […]

Who Holds Tomorrow

Dear Minster and Friends, I write this on the anniversary of the Grenfell Tower disaster, which I mentioned last week. I have been in contact with our friends during the last week who live, work and minister on the ground in that community, and they thank us for our prayers and support. Many of them are […]

The Danger of Forgetting Fires

Dear Minster and Friends, A year ago, a devastating fire ripped through a building and a community in West London and now certain reports are coming to light, explaining and describing the contributing factors, the accident itself and the resulting tragedy. The aim of the Grenfell enquiries is to properly track what occurred, seek justice and to learn whatever lessons […]

Women’s Gathering

Dear Minster and Friends, On June 16th we are holding our first ever Women’s Gathering day retreat. We have themed this day around Proverbs 31:17 “Her arms are strong for Her task.”  Each of us have daily, weekly and monthly tasks and responsibilities that are uniquely ours to carry and yet at times it can […]

May You Flourish

Dear Minster and Friends, “May the Lord cause you to flourish, both you and your children” – Psalm 115:14 I recently found out there is German word for ‘making something worse whilst trying to make it better’ – Verschlimmbesserung – that doesn’t have a good English equivalent. I have been hunting around for a good compound word […]

Everything Is Beautiful In Its Time

Dear Minster and Friends, I do hope you are enjoying the weather and the blossoms over the last few days – for those of us who get to come to worship God on a fruit farm each week, or to come in during the week for walks and prayer, ministries like Communion on a Wednesday, Minster […]

Festival Season

Dear Minster and Friends, The sun is out briefly and the cherry blossoms are in full display at the farm. In the scorching heat of the last few days I wonder if it has got you thinking about the summer and festival season! A number of church families head off to different festivals – last year a big […]

Come and See

Dear Minster and Friends, When Jesus walked by and met people, this was soon followed by the phrase: ’come and see’. From the call of the first disciples, through his ministry in the surrounding neighbourhoods and even at his resurrection this was repeated; In John 1:46 before he was a disciple Nathaniel was invited to meet Jesus, by Philip, with the […]

Freedom to Love

Dear Minster and Friends, On April 4th 1968, 50 years ago this week, Martin Luther King was shot in Memphis Tennessee. A preacher, whose motivational leadership of the non-violent movement for racial equality in America eventually led to significant changes in the law, is remembered this week for his example, resolute vision, sermons and speeches.  Despite being a […]

Time to Reveal the Wisdom of God

Dear Minster and Friends, “To those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:24 As the holidays draw close it may be that the course of the last few weeks at work, or in studies, has left you requiring extra wisdom and […]