"So, Bishop, can you join us for two weeks of evangelism in Botswana?" Well, obviously, the answer would be 'yes' if I possibly could... although the diary had something to say about that. We have a Diocesan Link from Newcastle Diocese, with the Diocese of Botswana, and I had yet to visit. In reality,… Continue reading A flying visit to Botswana
Why is a bishop doing the Great North Run? If you have scanned the QR code on my back to get to this blog, then this is a question which I might very well be asking myself at this very moment! There are four reasons: Firstly, I thought it would be a good thing to… Continue reading Bishop on the run…
This morning I had the privilege of presiding at a Eucharist on Inner Farne, within a few feet of St Cuthbert's hermitage to which he retreated before and after his consecration as bishop of Lindisfarne. (No-one quite knows where the hermitage was, of course, but the island is tiny so it must be within a… Continue reading Using time with St Cuthbert
On 9 September 1513 King James IV of Scotland invaded England and set up the Battle of Flodden on a hill outside the village of Branxton (where I will be licensing a new Priest in a couple of week's time, incidentally). This was the largest ever battle between England and Scotland in terms of troop numbers,… Continue reading Flodden remembered
“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?