Little garden of Hope

I’ve been following our College and Collective daily challenges to be light in this painful and strange time. You too can see them on our Facebook page here: They’re simple daily challenges ranging from painting a picture for someone to putting up a poster of encouragement in your window. The idea that really caught my…

Celtish Christmas

We had the joy of hosting Nigel Cameron and Julie Cameron-Hall at Lighthouse cafe in Great Gransden as part of their Celtish Christmas Tour of the UK and Ireland. To put it simply, it was stunning. A friend of mine described it as having a shower for the soul. The tangible presence and lavish love…

Prayer paintings

It was fairly quiet at our weekly community lighthouse cafe this week so I did some prayer paintings for some of our regulars to encourage them. Each one carried a simple message and encouragement:

50 free hot drinks!

When I travel I love to sit back, relax and enjoy a good hot drink while reading. Good thing I don’t drive too often. I’m committed to taking public transport whenever I can so I can do this quite safely! I am often in and out of train stations, at least 4 times a month…

Counter-culture Halloween

  “I thought Halloween was a no-no for churches. How come you’re doing this event?” A young dad with 2 children in tow asked me as we sat together carving pumpkins.  “It’s an opportunity for us to bring something beautiful in a time of fear and fright…” I explained.  And it’s true, I simply wanted…

Words of knowledge for healing… 

On Tuesday I made coffee for most of the day. This was my view for most of it:  Tuesday’s are always busy making coffee: lattes, cappacinos, flat whites. I’m getting quite good.  I also have a lovely team that I work with who share the coffee making so I also have the privilege of talking…

Fresh expression of Church in Great Gransden 

Yesterday I announced that Lighthouse cafe church will start on the 2nd Sunday of every month, 4-6 starting this September.  The announcement happened at a cafe event where local artist Kate Green exhibited some of her stunning work and spoke about her life as a Christian and an artist.  Before the event I shared with…

Micro paintings 

In lighthouse cafe today I did some micro paintings for people. Each painting had a symbol of the cross and on the back a mix of words that related to the way I then attached the painting to a key on a simple key ring. The words were: Seek Open Knock Ask  Direct me The…

Brave 

I felt tired yesterday. Sunday had been full on with speaking, travel and outreach and Monday was equally chocka with lecturing and travelling.  Running a cafe all day on the Tuesday was the last thing I felt like doing but instead of ‘just getting through it’ I prayed in the morning and the word ‘brave’…