Rector’s Letter – September 2017

Dear friends In St. John’s we have a book locked in a glass case, which is called ‘The Paraphrase of Erasmus’ and it was purchased for the church in 1561, along with a chain so that nobody could walk off with it. It contains the four gospels in English, along with a commentary by Erasmus read on

Rector’s Letter, July 2017

Dear friends It’s Summertime; I wonder what you will enjoy: Wimbledon, the Yeovil Show, a barbecue, a trip to the sea, an ice cream, a wedding, a children’s Holiday Club … The Gershwins wrote: Summertime, and the livin’ is easy Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high Oh, your daddy’s rich and your ma read on

Hannah’s Baptism

Hannah Peace’s baptism from June 5th in St John’s. Note the first 20 seconds is a still image, then it switches to video. read on

Rector’s Letter, June 2017

Dear friends Twenty years ago this month Bloomsbury published ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’, the first novel in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. There was an initial print-run of only 500, all in hardback. Harry Potter is a scrawny, black-haired, bespectacled orphan. He bears on his forehead the mark of a terrible read on

Rector’s Letter, May 2017

Dear friends I have recently finished reading a biography of Hudson Taylor (1832-1905), who founded the China Inland Mission. At the end of the book, I read this: ‘When he had sailed for China in 1853 there were only three hundred Chinese Christians in the whole of the Chinese Empire; by the end of his read on

Rector’s Letter – April 2017

Dear friends There is a 21-year old in Norway who claims that she is a cat, and that a genetic defect has caused her to be born into a human body. She claims to have superior hearing and sight, especially in the dark, and she likes to sleep on window ledges. Today’s society is so read on

Rector’s Letter – March 2017

  Dear friends ‘Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s’, said Jesus in Matthew 22:21. But what does it mean to give to God what is God’s? Well, what is God’s? Of course, everything is God’s. He made everything, and so it is all his. And what do you have read on

Rector’s Letter, February 2017

Dear friends Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen. (1 Timothy 1:17) From this verse has come a famous, simple, and important Christian motto: ‘Soli Deo Gloria’ meaning ‘Glory to God alone’. Some Christian theologians today add this little phrase at the start read on

Rector’s Letter for December

Dear friends In 1961 The New Testament was published in a new translation (The New English Bible), and my father was sent a copy to review. Jesus’ mother Mary sings a Christmas song (Luke 2:46-56) which in this translation begins: ‘Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord, rejoice, rejoice, my spirit, in God read on