Ordination of Deacons

It is 40 years since I was ordained a deacon at Sheffield Cathedral, and I have the privilege of being present for the ordination of 21 new deacons at Chester Cathedral today. These are people who have listened to God, heard his call, and responded with “here, I am”. These words are a commitment to […]

Serious houses on serious earth

I am not one for visiting churches, but I do love to see a church that is open, rather than closed. There are various reasons why churches are closed (and communities deprived of what should be public spaces). Some are afraid of the security risks (even though, according to the Open Churches Trust churches that […]

Ordinations

Chester Cathedral was the setting for a remarkable ordination service yesterday. All ordination services are remarkable. The service begins with a reminder that God “calls his people to follow Christ, and forms us into a royal priesthood … to declare the wonderful deeds of him who has called us out of darkness into his marvellous […]

For those being ordained

I wanted to write a post for those who are being ordained at Chester Cathedral on Saturday. They are Avril Ravenscroft, Collette Jones, Grant Cohen, Heather Buckley, Heather Pang, Lorraine Reed, Nikki Eastwood, Patches Chabala, Paul Cumming, Rob Wardle, Sandra Langerhuizen, Stephen Callis, Steven Hildreth, Tim Watson and Trevor Legge. They will be preparing for […]

Understanding Samaritans

Water of Life by Stephen Broadbent at Chester Cathedral Photo by James Preston Gordon McPhate, Dean of Chester Cathedral, preached this morning on the gospel for the day – the Samaritan woman – depicted in this sculpture. (The sermon is here from Curate’s Corner). Gordon described how a social worker won the trust of a difficult London […]

>Cathedral Retreat

>Jeanette and I have just had a really refreshing “Passiontide Retreat” at Foxhill led by Christine Bull and Trevor Dennis. Both sets of input were really challenging and thought provoking – but perhaps the most profound challenge was in Christine’s implied question of what happened to Judas Iscariot. She referred to stained glass windows which […]