Wednesday, 29 April 2015

With Julian in Norwich

I have been a fan of Julian of Norwich since I was a teenager; I first read her book 'Revelations of Divine Love' written in the late 14th century, when I was 17, and it has been a source of inspiration to me ever since. The chance to visit her shrine and cell whilst in Norwich for my District visit to the East Anglia district was a real thrill.

I spent some time with the priest in charge of the shrine, who explained that Julian was neither a nun nor a hermit, but an anchoress who was sealed in her cell with one window opening onto the church, from which she received the Sacrament, and another opening on to the outside thoroughfare, through which she offered counsel, spiritual, material and common sense to whoever came.

The priest said 'She was a lay woman, following a lay calling, for lay people.'  I felt my heart strangely warmed.

Old and new in Mann

Sometimes it's difficult to know what to pick out from all these fascinating and informative district visits to pick to blog about! Here's two snapshots from the Isle of Man.

Old - the chapel at Agneash has a long Primitive Methodist Tradition, and was open for a Heritage Day when we visited. Other events such as a Primitive Methodist service were planned for later in the month. Great to take in the unique atmosphere of generations of worshipping people in this place.

 New - I was invited to share in the Youth Service at Promenade Church in Douglas.
The service, entitled 'Don't hide your light under a bucket' included crisps and drinks,

a game, discussion, and a chance to reflect prayerfully on letting our own light shine in the world. Then an interview with me - the boring bit, I'm sure!

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Beeston 150th Anniversary

Easter Day saw the 150th anniversary of the chapel in Beeston, North Bedfordshire. A lovely chapel, very active and connected to the local community, despite its long history. We enjoyed a celebration of Easter with current members and many who had come back especially for the anniversary. What better day to 'Praise Him for all that is past, and trust Him for all that's to come.'