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Our Response To Coronavirus

Dear friends, I haven’t known anything like this in my lifetime. The silent, invisible enemy of Covid-19, has invaded the world, leaving many people facing the tragedy of losing loved ones, many of whom died alone. Many are facing an uncertain future as economies all around the world collapse. I remember years back, when I…

Vicar’s Message for November 2022

Dear friends, Sarah and I have been here in Quainton for six years. I know it’s a cliché, but doesn’t time fly! I remember being totally shocked when I heard, after two days of interviews, that I was being offered this House For Duty post as Team Vicar looking after All Saints, Oving with Pitchcott and Holy Cross and St Mary, Quainton.…

Vicar’s July & August Message

Dear friends, There’s something very civilised about receiving an invitation with an RSVP on it! “Répondez s’il vous plait.” We’ve had several invitations recently from friends of ours who are getting married and naturally, there is an RSVP attached to each one – it would be rude of us to ignore it or forget to respond. Invitations are out there to our…

Vicar’s June Message

Dear friends, If you weren’t able to attend the Brett Memorial Event at Quainton Church in May you missed a treat! 400 years ago, Richard Brett was the Rector of Quainton and stayed in post for nearly 40 years. He was famously one of the Oxford team of translators of the King James Bible and was known in the village for his…

Vicar’s Easter Message

Dear friends, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has produced a human tragedy that we haven’t seen since the Second World War. One of the shocking things for me is that millions of Russian people actually believe Putin’s rhetoric spewed out mindlessly through his propaganda machine. When this is all over, it will be very difficult for him to hide the evidence of numerous…

Vicar’s February Message

My first TV appearance was on a pop music show in the Netherlands. The Dutch TV company flew me out from London to Amsterdam for the day and when I arrived I was ushered into the artist’s make-up room and plastered with an orange paste that they rubbed all over my face. Apparently, it was necessary to make you look healthy and…

Living In Love And Faith: My Response

An initial response to “Living In Love And Faith”Steve Flashman 8th March 2021 (Bibliography at the end) Introduction I have read the document in full, watched all of the videos and looked at the exercises and group work. The video interviews represented a broad spectrum of views and experiences which I appreciated. I found the facts, figures, historical and cultural overview together…

Vicar’s Christmas Message

Dear friends, You want to know about a miracle? Here’s one! I have been known to buy my lovely wife Sarah dresses for Christmas. I’ve known her long enough to figure out what style of dress she likes, the colour, pattern and size. So far I’ve managed a few gold stars for getting it right! That’s the miracle! There was one faux…

Vicar’s Message – August 2021

Dear friends, Expectations ran high. The nation held its breath. The heroic Lions battled to the end. Then came the dreaded penalty shootout. On the 26 of June, 1996, England Manager Terry Venables comforted Gareth Southgate after he missed a penalty, costing England the Semi Finals of the European Cup at Wembley. Global audience: 507million. On the 11th of July, 2021, now…

Vicar’s Message, July 2021

Dear friends, We all like evidence, especially if the thing we are being asked to believe could affect the way we live our lives. Is it true? Is it reliable? Does it work? A friend of mine wrote this recently and it made me think: “Imagine two giant plots of land. Standing on the first is every follower of Jesus who has…