Rector's Blog


  Christmas is fast approaching and here at The Minster we have lots of things coming up over the Christmas period! Please do invite family and friends to join us for any of our events; Sunday 9th December at 10:30am – Family Christmas Service  This morning the children will be staying in the service and we will […]

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 […]

Remarkable Things

Dear Minster and Friends, “We have seen some remarkable things today.” (Luke 5:26) When people meet with God, he often takes us by surprise. In Luke 5 two people meet Jesus – a man covered in leprosy, and a man who was totally paralysed.  They are both healed, restored and leave the story full of joy, […]


Between 21st – 25th November we will be having a week of mission! Rethink is a chance to invite our friends and neighbours to a series of events which will encourage a ‘rethink’ of our priorities and ideas instead of just stumbling into our future. It is also a chance to rethink what they may […]

Restore Your Soul

Dear Minster and Friends, This week a wonderful preacher, pastor and scholar, Eugene Peterson, passed into his eternal future. He was most well known for translating the bible into a modern paraphrase called ‘The Message’ The family of Eugene Peterson said that so confident was he of spending time with the Lord upon his death […]


Dear Minster and Friends, Many people have not investigated Christianity and rejected what we believe in the basis of history, or on the creeds and the gospels, or the evidence backing up the reasons we believe what we do. Many suppose that Christianity is a faith, in which faith means ‘believing something despite the evidence to […]

Moving from despair to praise

“and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.” Isaiah 61:3 NIV Dear Minster and Friends, God has always turned hearts and souls around, and heaven knows […]

Building towards a more fruitful future

Dear Minster and Friends, Last Sunday I shared a few passages and a parable which I felt were going to be important as we journey together as a church. I spoke about the original vision of a Minster Church, to be a resourcing hub and community for mission, to have a place which could enable that, and […]

He saw all that opposed Christ and he acted

Dear Minster and Friends, As Dan shared with us a couple of weeks ago the lessons from the life of William Wilberforce, one of the distinguishing characteristics of his character was that he looked out on the world and saw everything that opposed Christ and was compelled to do something about it. He was compelled, not […]