It’s never too late for a new beginning in your life.

A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of attending St John’s Church, Burscough for the Baptism of Ron Snape . I first met Ron two years ago when he visited our Café Vista with his late wife Pauline. Ron was the main carer for Pauline who in 2013 fell down the stairs in […]

Making all things new: an invitation to join us

There has been a flurry of activity around the site of the Ministry Centre this week. After many years of planning a new pavement has been constructed on the area that we call the ‘sands’. This will now give safe access to all pedestrians accessing the Ministry Centre, Scout Headquarters, U3A groups, and our school.  […]

You to me are everything

What a joy it was to welcome two young people from the Pearl of Africa Choir into home yesterday evening as they spend nine nights with us. Whilst many of the young people have their own families in Uganda, they are also adopted into the choir. As we welcomed them and shared food there was […]

It’s good to talk

In the 1990s British Telecom launched a TV advertisement campaign  “It’s Good to talk”. The adverts featured the late actor Bob Hoskins observing a number of phone conversations between family, friends in which he encouraged people to pick up the phone to listen and be there for people because “it’s good to talk”. Today is […]

Discovering truth in an ever changing landscape

‘Discovering truth in an ever changing landscape’   Today is National Poetry day, a wonderful opportunity for me to reminisce about my time as an English Literature student and share with you one of my favourite English poets Gerard Manley Hopkins (1854–1863) For many including myself poetry has always been a bit of a mystery. I have […]

Communion on the moon

Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s lunar landing. Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin stepped foot on the moon on July 20th 1969. Armstrong delivering the famous line, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” as he stepped onto the moon’s surface. Landing on the moon is one of the most significant […]

Today’s Jericho Road

Several times this week I have found myself contemplating the familiar parable of the Good Samaritan who stops to help the beaten man on the road to Jericho (Luke 10:25-37). The Jericho road, connecting Jerusalem and Jericho, is about 17 miles long and notoriously steep descending sharply 3,600 feet with lots of rocky valleys and passes. […]

The Wonder of You

As a teenager one of the posters in my bedroom was a picture of a new born baby being held in a parents hand, the words underneath read ‘ Fearfully and Wonderfully made’ Psalm 139:14. For me this was an important message to be reminded of everyday as I went to High School. This week […]

A time for everything

In May 2018 I wrote my first contemplation, I never really planned it would be something I would do weekly, but fourteen months on and with over thirty-seven contemplations written, I am always amazed how God works through these little reflections. Occasionally, I get e-mails from people saying how much the contemplation has meant to […]

A good neighbour is a welcome blessing

There is an old saying you can pick your friends, but you can’t choose your family or your neighbours. This week is the first national Neighbours week following research undertaken in collaboration with One Poll which highlighted 52% of people don’t know their neighbours name. Furthermore only 5% felt close to their neighbours and over 87% said […]

It’s okay not to be okay

This week is mental health awareness week, an initiative started by the Mental Health Foundation in 2001 to raise public awareness of mental health and wellbeing. The slogan ‘It’s okay not to be okay’ aims to break down the stigma of mental health by talking openly about the difficulties that people face. This year’s theme is […]

Table Talk and Time Out

This week I am on retreat on Holy Island for some much needed time out. Knowing that within a few hours of my arrival I will be cut off from the mainland with space, time to think and pray is the reason I come every year to this Holy place. Unlike previous years, I have […]

Sharing Life Together

In the 1990s I was fortunate to be part of an Easter production that my Mum wrote called ‘Paid on the Nail’.  The musical was well received in many churches including our local Emmanuel Methodist Church in Ormskirk, and many of the local prisons. The production was recorded and copies sent as far as Australia. […]

Linger Longer at the Cross

‘Linger Longer at the Cross’ As a church we have been spending each Sunday during Lent thinking about the people who witnessed the crucifixion. Real people with thoughts, experiences and responses like ours. The criminal on the cross who asked Jesus for forgiveness, Mary the mother of Jesus, who watched her son die the most […]

The summons – following the call

Sitting in my RE lesson at St Andrew’s C of E Primary School, Maghull, I remember my teacher, Deaconess Margaret asking my 10 year old self a question ‘Sarah what would like to do when we were older?” I replied ‘ A missionary’. That was the start of the ‘Summons’, a call to follow Jesus […]

Happy Nowruz

‘Happy Nowruz’ When the working party gathers in the vicarage this morning, one of the greetings to our Iranian friend will be ‘Happy Nowruz’. In recent months we have had the privilege of getting to know two Iranian men who have come to help in Café Vista and prepare the vicarage for our family to […]

Tell Serve Give

“Tell Serve Give”   Today we will welcome Bishop Beverley Mason to Christ Church to meet members of our FACT (Feeling Alone Come Together) group and join us for our community afternoon tea dance. This is one of many events happening across the Liverpool Diocese this weekend as we join the mission to ‘Tell Serve […]

Do the little things in life’

Today is St David’s Day, the patron saint of Wales. When you read through the legends about saint David you find a pioneer, a determined man of God to change the nation. Saint David, of course is still remembered by the people of Wales 1500 years later. David’s last sermon to the monks is recorded […]

Tomorrow needs you

“Tomorrow needs you”   In 2017 Molly Russell aged 14 took her own life. Reporting on the BBC news on Tuesday evening her Father, Ian Russell gave an emotional interview saying: “I have no doubt that Instagram helped kill my daughter. She had so much to offer and that’s gone.” I apologise for not easing you into […]

Open the ‘Gates’ to Grace this New Year

“Open the ‘Gates’ to Grace this New Year” Have you made a New Year resolution?  What are you planning to do differently this year? At this time of year many people attempt to start their new year by making a resolution to give up something, or to make a change. Sadly by mid February many people […]

You’re Hired

You’re Hired Friends I have wonderful news to share with you I have been appointed as the next Vicar Of Christ Church Aughton. I look forward to the next chapter and for God’s vision for this wonderful community. My institution service will be on Sunday 7th April 3pm 2019. In light of my news, it seemed […]

O2 have to talk to people

“O2 have to talk to people”   Millions of O2 customers yesterday were left without mobile Internet. As parts of network were restored on Thursday evening people reported how difficult their morning commute into work had proved without the use of technology. Many commented on social media how they had struggled to make eye contact […]

Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today

  “Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.”  Benjamin Franklin   Last night I went to see the film ‘A star is born’, starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. Having watched the 1976 version of the film last month starring Barbara Streisand andKris Kristofferson, I was keen to see how producer Bradley Cooper had […]

Shh It’s oh so quiet

“Shh It’s oh so quiet”   There have been a number of versions of the song “It’s Oh So Quiet“. Originally performed by Horst Winter in 1948 entitled, “Und jetzt ist es still” and then in 1951 by American singer Betty Hutton. I personally only remember the version by the Icelandic musician Björk in 1995.   “It’s oh so quiet […]

Give hope a chance

Yesterday marked 80 years since a 6 man Jewish delegation team went to meet Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and plea for his help in rescuing Jewish children from the Nazis. This was the start of Kinder-transport when Britain saved 10,000 Jewish children. The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said, “the message of embrace the stranger is such a strong […]

Pause to Remember

‘Pause to Remember’   This weekend we will be commemorating the centenary of the end of WWI. Pausing for two minutes at 11am on Sunday to remember with gratitude the sacrifice made by so many in war. In Abercromby Square, Liverpool, there is a memorial to Noel Chavasse, a soldier in WWI and one of […]

God’s telephone number J33-3

“God’s telephone number J33-3”   This time last week Cian and I were getting very excited to go to our very first U2 concert “Experience + Innocence” in the MEN Arena. It was an unforgettable evening, with songs from their 14th album ‘Songs of Experience’ focusing on the need for faith, hope and love to be brought […]

Above all, trust in the slow work of God

“Above all, trust in the slow work of God.” “Above all, trust in the slow work of God. We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay.” These opening sentences are part of a prayer by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, a Jesuit, Palaeontologist, Philosopher, and Visionary (1881-1955). I was given a […]

You need to plant a seed to reap a harvest

“You need to plant a seed to reap a harvest”   This weekend we are celebrating Harvest Festival at Christ Church. In 2018 gathering in the Harvest is very different compared to 1772 when the traditional Harvest hymn “We plough the fields and scatter” was written by German poet Matthias Claudius. Instead of whole villagers having […]

Saint Patrick’s “Breastplate” Prayer

Saint Patrick’s “Breastplate” Prayer Being married to an Irish man and having an interest in Celtic spirituality, the familiar words of St. Patrick’s “Breastplate” prayer have popped into my head on numerous occasions this week. Legend has it that a local chieftain was out to get a particular Celt named Patrick. The chieftain sent his men […]

Pat feels he’s a really happy man.

“Pat feels he’s a really happy man.”   It was reported yesterday that the author of Postman Pat, John Cunliffe has passed away. I remember as a child in the 1980s watching with fondness the adventures of Pat Clifton, a postman in the fictional village of Greendale (inspired by the real valley of Longsleddale near Kendal) The theme […]

More justice in the world

“More justice in the world.”   The TUC Congress met in Manchester this week. For 150 years the TUC has served as a model for other trade unions around the world in their fight for the rights of workers and the defense of their dignity. One of the key note speakers was the Archbishop of Canterbury. […]

Oh that you would bless me indeed

“Oh that you would bless me indeed” 1 Chronicles 4:10   Today is the start of our long awaited ‘Bless Fest’ weekend.  The planning of Bless Fest took place over nine months ago when a team got together to think about how, as a church, we could be more outward looking and ask for God’s blessing […]

Carpe Diem: Seize the Day

I always remember Keith Wells, who married Cian and I at Maghull Chapel twenty years ago focusing on the Latin phrase ‘Carpe Diem’ in his address. Carpe Diem: Seize the Day is an exhortation to live life to the fullest, getting the most out of each individual day. If we were honest most of us would agree that […]

Soul Survivor – Soul Provider!

Soul Survivor – Soul Provider!   This week I spent two nights camping in Staffordshire Show ground at an event called ‘Soul Survivor’. Over the summer Soul Survivor run holiday camps across the country and welcome over 5,000 young people to each event.   This was the first time our youth had ever been to Soul, […]

Remembrance 100

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not hive to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” John 14:27 Tomorrow marks the start of ‘Remembrance 100’. Across the country churches from all denominations will start 100 days of prayer for […]

Holy Island “a thin place”

I have a great affinity with the name Aidan.  Aidan is the name of my Irish Godson; it was the name of the Theological college in Birkenhead that trained Anglican clergy from 1846-1970. Incidentally, the college is now continuing under the name St Mellitus and is based at Liverpool Cathedral. It is the place I […]

“Life is too short not to celebrate nice moments!” Jurgen Klopp

As a red supporter, I thought I would begin this contemplation with a quote from Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp. Whether you are a true red, blue or not even interested in football it is good for us all to start our Friday with a reminder to celebrate life. Celebration is an important part of life. […]

“The NHS a little piece of Christianity” (Nye Bevan)

Yesterday the National Health Service turned seventy. It’s founder Aneurin Bevan, often known as “Nye” was appointed Minister of Health following Labour’s landslide victory in the 1945 General Election after the war. Bevan has been described by many as a revolutionary as he fought hard for funding. Shortly after his appointment, he resigned from the […]

Venite

Having said goodbye to the Year 6 on their residential in the Lakes and travelling to York Minster (to witness the consecration of Rev’d Dr Jill Duff as Bishop of Lancaster), we stopped at St Mary’s Church in Kirby Lonsdale. On the entrance to the church was a sign, “Venite The age-old word of welcome. […]

Running late

Every weekday morning church is open from 9am for prayer, everyone is welcome to join us by coming in through the vestry door at the side of church. On Wednesday morning I was running late for morning prayer, I had overslept as I had stayed up until 3am waiting for news that my daughter Lydia […]

Café Vista a place of welcome

As curate of Christ Church I have a lot of my meetings in Café Vista. Great views as far reaching as Blackpool, being served by a wonderful team of friendly volunteers, sampling delicious food and drinking good coffee sums it up perfectly! I am sure eight years ago no one would envisaged just how successful […]

All you need is love

Since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding there has been a lot of discussion on ‘love’. Thousands of comments have been shared on Social Media about Bishop Michael Currie’s powerful wedding address on how the power of love has the potential to make a difference in people’s lives and transform communities, indeed the world. As […]

Alexa, ‘Who is Jesus?’

I have often considered buying an Alexa device for our home but never quite got around to it. This week I was visiting the home of a lady whose mobility is very restricted and I noticed in the corner she had one of these devices. After we chatted the lady wanted me to hear her […]

Party Time

This coming Sunday Christians around the world will be celebrating Pentecost, the time when we remember the coming of the Holy Spirit on the disciples. It is regarded as the birthday of the church, as the disciples and many others had the confidence to go to tell others about the good news of Jesus’ resurrection. […]

New Chapter

Today is a new chapter in the life of Christ Church. Normally the notices would be accompanied by Ross’ blog. Incidentally, you can still read Ross’ blog by going to www.moughtin.com. As part of this new chapter, I am considering what will be attached to the weekly notices. I have decided not to write a […]