Prayer and painting retreat

Here’s some highlights from a prayer and painting retreat I led this week at the beautiful Foxhill Centre in Cheshire.

‘From- to’ paintings

I was at Ridley Hall in Cambridge today lecturing on creative worship. One of the exercises was to encourage the Studnet’s to consider what they desired for their placement churches- I called it ‘from -to’ paintings inspired by a verse in Romans from ‘death to life.’ The paintings were abstract but with distinct colours to…

Obedience

I’m thinking a lot about ‘obedience’* to King Jesus and the things he asks me to do and whether I do them or not. It’s not just that the New Year brings in a sense of resolutions and a desire for a closer and better walk with Jesus, it’s also, (and I must be honest…

Putting in the big stones first

I’ve just had 48 hours of prayer with one of my co-leaders of The Light Project. Glyn and I spent the time talking and praying and seeking God. Preparing for the academic year ahead for The Light Project college. It was a good time. On a walk I was drawn to a magnificent coastal wall….

Opening my eyes to what is right under my nose…

I’m still fascinated with the detail of the grasses and plants that are right under my nose wherever I go. Ruth and I are travelling around Italy, inter-railing with our 3 teenage children and celebrating 20 years of marriage. It’s a non stop jaw dropping ‘soak it all in’ kind of holiday with medieval scenes…

Serving as chaplain on Bardsey…

Last week I got to serve as chaplain on the beautiful island of Bardsey. It’s a far cry from city centre chaplaincy but the principles stay the same: love Jesus and hope that others may also come to love him too. It really is a privilege to serve as chaplain as I got to do…

Sharing faith

My co-worker Revd Glyn Jones has recently written some insights to sharing faith. It’s awesome what he’s written. Enjoy! A student has asked me any thoughts on sharing faith so here are mine – for what it’s worth… Become more yourself – no more and no less, that is the way God made you and…

Reaching for the Spirit

Once a month I help lead ‘Encounter’ an event in Cambourne which has a focus on worship and interactive teaching with an opportunity to put into practice the gifts of the Holy Spirit. We also have an artist who paints a prophetic picture during the severing and last night it was me! I painted a…

The funeral wake in the next door room…

I had my staff appraisal today. It went well. You’ll be pleased to know I still have my job! We met in a hotel and we had a good lunch too. And while it was a very affirming and worthy process there was something that kept grabbing my attention. The wake next door. You see…