Pentecost/Aldersgate/Wesley…(A Methodist Mash Up)

On Pentecost Sunday, the Church tells the story of the coming of the Holy Spirit to Jesus’ disciples in Jerusalem and the amazing things that happened to them (see here for the story from the Book of Acts) This year, Pentecost Sunday also fell on May 24th, which in Methodist circles is also known as […]

International Women’s Day or Mothering Sunday?

I’ve had one of those moments. A moment when a question pops into your head for no reason and suddenly it makes perfect sense. A moment when you want to see if anyone else thinks it makes perfect sense as well. So here goes: March 8th was International Women’s Day. According to the official website, […]


Today’s Thought for the Day, regarding the Ofsted inspector in a school assembly: “On Tuesday I was due to visit a local school to take an assembly. I had everything planned and prepared, but then I got a message – “We’ve had THE PHONE CALL – the Ofsted inspector is coming in”. My initial reaction was […]

The Everlasting Arms (for Becky Watts)

This morning’s Thought for the Day had to be prepared carefully and delivered sensitively. On February 19th, 16-year-old Becky Watts, from St George in Bristol, went missing. Her family live about a mile away from Kingswood, where we live. Today (March 4th), her stepbrother Nathan Matthews was charged with her murder after body parts were […]

Prawn Cocktail Pancakes….anyone?

This week my Thought for the Day fell on Shrove Tuesday. This was also the day that a nostalgic feature on Berni Inns was being discussed on the breakfast show. The Rummer Hotel, (site of the very first Berni restaurant) was staging a Berni Inns Revival Night. The menu comprised of classic retro food – prawn […]

Never Forget

This morning my Thought for the Day slot on BBC Radio Bristol was a serious one. It is Holocaust Memorial Day  and also the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the death camp at Auschwitz in 1945. Jewish humour is renowned; but it didn’t feel like a time for jokes today. It felt like a time […]

How Much Is Enough?

I haven’t blogged for nearly a year. A lot has happened – leaving circuit ministry, starting a different kind of ministry at the New Room, buying a house, selling a flat – we’re just about catching our breath. But it is time to get back on the blogging wagon – so here’s today’s Thought for […]