Rector's Blog

The many layers of a whole person

Dear Minster and Friends, For our captors demanded a song from us. Our tormentors insisted on a joyful hymn: “Sing us one of those songs of Jerusalem!” But how can we sing the songs of the Lord while in a pagan land? Psalm 137:4 Our Western culture is often reductive about what it means to […]

Racing Through Life

  Dear Minster and Friends, Please allow me to introduce myself! I’m Chris Lion, and I’ve recently been appointed Associate Vicar here. I have a wonderful wife, Charlotte, and four amazing children: Judah, Liberty, Miriam and Nathan. This week I had the privilege of going on a ‘supercar driving day’; it was a leaving present […]

Sweet Like Honey

  Dear Minster and friends; There is a world of difference between ‘being near someone’ and ‘having someone speak to you’. Once, when my 13 year old twins were incredibly young, perhaps 8 weeks old, we were invited to a private view of an art exhibition. We arrived mid-afternoon – and who was there – but […]

New Term

  Dear Minster and friends; This week the new academic year begins, and scrubbed up children are heading into school and teachers are getting haircuts. And for Latimer Minster, the term is also beginning. This Sunday the children and young people are moving up groups, and most of our activities will also be starting. I […]

Story to tell

  Dear Minster and friends, “Let the Redeemed of the lord tell their Story, those he redeemed from the hand of the foe.” Psalm 107:2 In a world saturated with media where we are bombarded by opinions, celebrities and news, when we are encouraged to feast and binge on content, on TV box sets and […]

Work, Rest & Play

  Dear Minster and Friends, Today I stumbled into a conversation with a few others, all coming back from time away over the summer about the conundrum of emails. Should one delay, divert or delete when on holiday? Some said – learn from German firms who shut emails down at the server as soon as […]

Introducing Chris

  Our lovely Associate Pastor, Tash, has now gone on maternity leave to enjoy motherhood with her third child! Whilst she is away Chris Lion will be covering as an Associate Vicar. We are very excited about this next season at the Minster! We pray for Tash as she introduces a new member to her […]

In every season of the soul

  Dear Minster and friends, This week the apples came early and the plums came late. At least they did at Stampwell farm. Unseasonal heat in June, and a slightly stormy few days has plumped up some of our old plums, and the historic varieties of apples are weighing down the branches about a month […]

HOW TO PRAY FOR OUR NATION (PART 2)

  Dear Minster and friends, “I urge them first of all, petitions, prayers, intercessions be made for all people ..for all those in authority, that we may live peaceful & quiet lives in all godliness & holiness” 1 Tim 2.1-2 Should we pray for Bojo to find our Mojo? Last week we looked at ways […]