“The Light of the World” (William Holman Hunt, 1854)

The key to unlocking this painting ultimately lies in not perceiving it to be a historically accurate picture, but to view it as, “a sermon in a frame”. Ultimately, we should see it as a presentation of our relationship with Christ – He is the waiting one, it is us that have to answer the door to let Him in … More “The Light of the World” (William Holman Hunt, 1854)

Mr Longworth says “Hello”

Many of St Margaret’s parishioners’ will have been used to reading Mrs Perry’s updates of what has been happening at St Margaret’s CE Primary School. In July 2022, after 18 marvellous, dedicated years of service Mrs Perry has retired. I know as the new Headteacher, I have large shoes to fill and follow such an influential, passionate and caring leader for our school and our community … More Mr Longworth says “Hello”

Remembrance Sunday Sermon

The Act of Remembrance I’m sure many of us know was actually begun in 1919 by King George V to recall the end of the first World War hostilities, which formally ended at the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th Month in 1918, when the Peace Treaty was signed, although the war officially ended with the Treaty of Versailles on 28TH June, 1919 … More Remembrance Sunday Sermon

Why Sing?

I write this the day after returning home from a 9-day singing and conducting summer school with Sing for Pleasure. Based at Jesus College, Cambridge, it was utterly exhausting yet completely exhilarating. Work began at 8.45am last Sunday morning as we started learning Sarah Quartel’s “A Winter Day”, led by the SfP tutors. Sublime … More Why Sing?

Thank You Lord

One of my favourite songs in the Sunday School Repertoire is Thank you Lord, by Mark & Helen Johnson of Out of the Ark Music. I tend to drop it into our weekly singing practices whenever I feel there is something to be grateful for – the sunshine, the rain, plentiful hot clean running water, my family, my friends, the food in the cupboards, for waking up reasonably healthy, for being born into a first-world country … More Thank You Lord