Annual Church Meetings

Around this time every year, our churches hold a meeting that looks back over the last twelve months to celebrate ...
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A new look to the church office

Decorating isn't something I normally get excited about, but I'm going to make an exception for last week's decorating work ...
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Losing Jesus.

First published in the Bridge Magazine, February 2019 What have I got in common with David Cameron and Jesus’ mother ...
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If it bleeds it leads

First published in the Bridge Magazine, October 2018 I was chatting with someone recently and we got onto politics and ...
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The Power of Forgiveness

First published in the Bridge Magazine, November 2018 edition. On March 28 2010, 19-year old Conor McBride shot his fiancée ...
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Vicar’s Update – September 2018

If you'd like to read my latest update, highlighting lots of things coming up in the next few weeks, click ...
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Madagascar: Help me make a difference!

Help me make a difference! First published in the Bridge Magazine June 2018 Madagascar is one of the world’s poorest ...
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October events update

To see the October vicar’s events bulletin, click here ...
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All Change in the Church Office

We've made some changes to our office administration. Wendy Thompson ceased to be our administrator at the end of August ...
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Grenfell Fire Disaster – what can we do?

The Grenfell Tower fire is very much on my mind today. Mark O'Donoghue, who was my neighbour when I was ...
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May events update

To see the May's vicar’s events bulletin, click here ...
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Music Programme at St Peter and St Paul, Upton, April-July 2017

Music at St Peter and St Paul, April – July 2017 Saturday April 8th 7.30 pm Hanley Voices – A ...
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February and March events update

To see the February & March vicar's events bulletin, click here ...
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Beer & Ethics

Join us for Beer and Ethics! What? – A chance for some grown-up discussion on issues that people encounter every day ...
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Lent Events

This year, Lent begins on Wed 1 March. To mark the beginning of Lent we'll be holding three Ash Wednesday ...
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Vicar’s Christmas Email

Christmas Eve, 2016. To read the vicar's latest email update, click here ...
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God, Science and a Post-Truth Nativity

If you spend any time on social media, reading the comments of what policy-makers like to call “opinion formers”, you ...
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Christianity Explored

No matter where you are on your journey with Jesus -whether you’re just setting out or whether you’ve been on ...
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Remembrance Sunday 2016

Remembrance Sunday - 13 November We have three opportunities across our churches to give thanks to God for those who ...
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Why a Bright Lights Party?

On Halloween this year we're hosting a Bright Lights Party at Upton Parish Church. It's going to be a great family ...
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There’s a new vicar in town…

This article was originally published in the Bridge Magazine, October issue. Where are you from? I grew up in the ...
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Wing Walk Plane Sailing for first-time flyer

Congratulations to Mary Purser, church warden at St James, Welland for completing her charity wing walk, and making the BBC ...
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Tom Holland: Why I was wrong about Christianity

Great article by Tom Holland, writing in the New Statesman It took me a long time to realise my morals are ...
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Why the Hope Church Family?

The Hope Church Family is eight Church of England churches (and a ninth, which is redundant) working together at the southern end ...
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My Greatest Adventure – Bear Grylls

Over the past few years Bear Grylls has become the embodiment of adventure and outdoor survival in the public imagination ...
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In defence of Justin Welby: mediator, not homophobe

Journalist James Macintyre writes an interesting article on the Christian Today website looking at the Archbishop of Canterbury's much-misrepresented comments on ...
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Music at St Peter and St Paul, Upton – September – December 2016

Between September and December we've a number of concerts and recitals at St Peter and St Paul's Upton Wednesday September 7th -  12.30 ...
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The Gospel of Judas

A few years ago I wrote this article in the aftermath of some newspaper stories about “The Judas Gospel”. In ...
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