Rectors Letters

Rev Natasha Brady October letter

Posted by on Sep 22, 2015 in Rectors Letters | 0 comments

Rev Natasha Brady October letter

A place to rest… Just outside my office window is a little nook, covered by ivy and where a few autumnal leaves have begun to settle. The other day I woke quite early. Unable to just turn over and nod back off I thought I might as well get up and have a cuppa. Sat in the office, enjoying this warming beverage I heard a strange sound. At first I thought it was someone in the bushes, which scared me a little. Then I realised that it would have to be a very, very small person because the noise was right under my window. There was no space for a person to hide. Armed with the torch on my phone...

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Associate Ministers Letter Sept 2015

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Associate Ministers Letter Sept 2015

A New Start It’s September and the new school year begins. Even if we no longer go to school and aren’t a teacher, there is still a sense of a new start, a new beginning. Sometimes it’s exciting, sometimes for new students it’s really frightening. Not however as frightening as Mr Uzomah’s day in a classroom at Dixons Kings Academy, Bradford, on 11 June. Perhaps you heard the story, it made front page news. One of his pupils racially abused him before stabbing him with a kitchen knife that he had brought to school that day. After which he posted what he had done on Facebook...

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Rector’s Letter July 2015

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 in Rectors Letters | 0 comments

As I write this on June 15, with my electric heater on below the desk, I wonder, “When will summer arrive?” It will arrive, astronomically speaking, on June 21, I know. But that’s not what I mean. I am longing for some warm weather for my vegetable garden. Students are longing either for the end of exams or the beginning of the long summer holiday – or both! Some of you may be looking forward to a special holiday over the next two months, or perhaps a few summer evening barbeques or just some time spent relaxing in the garden. While it is nice to be able to anticipate something...

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Comments from the coming curate

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 in Rectors Letters | 0 comments

As I type this, I have fourteen sleeps to go before my ordination as your deacon. I am very excited and slightly nervous about this, as I’m sure you can imagine. My journey to ordination has seen me serving in two other Peterborough parishes – Grange Park, Northampton and St George the Martyr, Wootton – as part of my mixed mode training over the last three years. I have done all the academic stuff at St Mellitus College, London. Now that the study is completed, my family and I are ready to move to Rushden. I am married to Jamie and we have four  children – well, I say...

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Rectors Letter May 2015

Posted by on Apr 25, 2015 in Rectors Letters | 0 comments

The Lord is risen! Alleluia! All your Easter eggs may be eaten but the church (that’s us!) are still in the Easter season, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus and thinking through its implications for his followers (yes, that’s us, again). The Sunday Gospel readings, in which Jesus appears to his disciples, stress the reality of the resurrection of Jesus. “Then [Jesus] said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here. See my hands. Reach out your hand and put in into my side. Stop doubting and believe.’” John 20.27 “Jesus said, ‘Look at my hands and feet. It is I myself! Touch me and...

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Rector’s Letter – Rev Steve Prior| December Grapevine

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Rector’s Letter – Rev Steve Prior| December Grapevine

One of the principal features of the Christian faith (some would say unique) is that, as opposed to many religions in which people are encouraged to ‘reach up’ to God, the Christian understanding of God is that He constantly ‘reaches down’ to us. God’s ‘reach’ extended to its furthest and most unique point in the birth of Jesus, where the fullness of God was poured into the tiny form of a human infant. The incarnation, the en-fleshment of God in Jesus, was unique; it was also a reaffirmation of God’s constant intention to remain a part of en-fleshed, incarnate activity in our...

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