Carol singing and announcing the birth of a baby boy! 

Well, it’s that time of year again…   I’ve just spent a couple of hours going around some of the cafes and pubs in Peterborough with a willing group of Carol singers. The response is always good and today was no exception especially when people twig that we’re not collecting money but rather giving gifts! Refreshing. …

Bringing light on Black Friday… 

   This afternoon Pat (one of my amazing team of volunteers) and I bought 7 light bulbs from Wilkos to give to 7 people in Peterborough.  We wrote on the boxes of the light bulbs simple messages about light in darkness… And then went to find the 7 people who they were for.  Now, give…

Art seems to get away with telling big truths

The message that accompanied the sculptures had a meta-narrative. In other words, the message was big rather than bite-size. It carried an ‘in your face’ kind of one. The narrative proclaimed truth and in our post-Christendom pluralistic culture of multiple truths this is a hard message to convey. It has been my increasing experience over the past…

The kingdom of heaven is near 

Last week I was on a train and a young child was talking very loudly with his dad. He asked when he would visit Pakistan. 10 years came the gentle reply. The little boy couldn’t work out that time frame and asked if it was a long or a short time away. His dad patiently…

Art from the heart 

Each Friday I serve as city centre chaplain. It’s a day leading teams as well as engaging with those around me. Being there to listen as well as offering explanation of the Christian faith. The only thing is, today I felt a bit knackered…  After a couple of hectic weeks with outreach and The Light…

Grace and peace 

This morning I had a cracking small team for our ‘Saints on the Street’ project. (St St) The three of us had a load of gifts with some good news to share… and we had great fun!  The concept of St St is a straight forward one: go to a public space and be amongst…

More than words…

This past week-end has been like no-other. I’m going to run the risk of seemingly spouting about how good my job is through this blog, but seriously, this week end has been a joy. Let me explain what I’ve been up to, and in so doing I hope you may get hold of that age old truth…

Good news and food

So it’s a cold snowy day and I’ve been in the city of Peterborough since early… As I reflect on the day now as I travel home I am struck how much revolves around food and sharing good news! I’ve just rushed from Subway where a man who I had met only an hour before…