“A neighbour who rented out some houses came round and asked if there was anything the church could do to help a refugee family she had taken in, so I stood up in church the next Sunday and asked if anyone had any spare jumpers…” This conversation in 1998 would change Lindsay Cross’ life forever,… Continue reading When I needed a neighbour…
(This is the third article written around my Lenten Volunteering this year) “D’ya fancy a game of pool, Bishop?” I probably should have thought more carefully before agreeing to go head to head with my 8 year old opponent, but I only realised this halfway through the game as I noticed that I was actually… Continue reading Getting connected in Meadow Well
This is the second Lentern Volunteering article I wrote - which caused more interest than all of the others put together... The first time I transported blood on a motorbike down the A1 I must have checked the package a hundred times. I had a mental image of the whole lot coming off and covering… Continue reading Blood Biking Bishop…
“Got any more beans, bishop?” It’s a Friday afternoon in a storeroom behind an old church in Morpeth and I am rushing to keep up with the shelf-stackers and the banter. Wansbeck Valley Foodbank operates out of Ashington and Morpeth and provides over 30,000 free meals a year to people who are in real need.… Continue reading Foodbank volunteering
I could see it in their eyes: they thought their new bishop was off his rocker but they were far too polite to say so. I had said “I think the PCC should be the most encouraging meeting of your month” and the stifled laughter that follows a sarcastic quip had rippled around the deanery… Continue reading What makes for a perfect Church Council meeting?
I wrote the following article for the Ordinands Association website: “You are training to serve a world which hasn’t yet been imagined in a church which we don’t yet recognise...” So began the lectures on Christian leadership which I used to give at Cranmer Hall. Before me sat 30-40 people with an average of 35-45 years… Continue reading How do we train ministers for a world we haven’t yet imagined?
We are at that time of year where people give up chocolate, or beer, or television, or whatever, but this year I’m not giving anything up except for a few hours each week. I am going to do a bit more volunteering around the North East and write about it each week to celebrate and… Continue reading What does a Bishop give up for Lent?
A few weeks ago a friend of mine tweeted about whether God really called more clergy to the South East than the North East or whether we were being deaf to God’s call. Lots of people objected strongly… which is lovely but not entirely reassuring, and has left me thinking about whether we are,… Continue reading I’ve crafted myself a more comfortable cross…
One of the small but vital roles I have in the national church is to be part of a stakeholder group for a project called 'Living Ministry' which is a big bit of research into how we help clergy (or ministers) thrive. I wrote the following for their blog to explain why I think this… Continue reading Living Ministry – Caring for our Clergy
A few days ago I posted about the gift of friendship. I have been pondering this, not least the other evening when I was trying to help someone who was simply being rude to me. How are meant to behave when friendship is impossible to establish whether that is is the short term or on a… Continue reading All in the same boat… well, train