St Anne’s Church, Tottington

View From The Vicarage

The Vicar’s blog.

View from the Vicarage – Oradour

“Down this road, on a summer day in 1944 ... The soldiers came. Nobody lives here now. They stayed only a few hours. When they had gone, a community which had lived for a thousand years ... was dead. This is Oradour-sur-Glane, in France. The day the soldiers came, the...

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View from the Vicarage – Our Organist

Public worship is not a form of entertainment. Our praise and prayer we offer God – ward; and it is for Him that we sing our hymns and make melodious noise on a Sunday morning. Clearly, we would not want to leave Church manically depressed by the experience on a...

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View from the Vicarage

My late Mother always believed that one of the most important things she ever did for her children was to teach them how to read. I still have the book that she taught me from. It’s a now somewhat tatty edition of Enid Blyton’s, Brer Rabbit Again. If I ever found a...

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View from the Vicarage – Judge Not!

In the Gospel of St Luke we read Jesus’ words, “Judge not and ye shall not be judged.” Jesus words remain a particular challenge not only to the self righteous but also to a 21st society that is easily defined in terms of a blame and litigation driven culture. On...

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View from the Vicarage – Cubs Centenary

As a little boy I belonged to the 2nd Oxford Cub – Scout Troop. It met each Friday in the parish hall connected to the parish Church of St Mary and St John on the Cowley Road in Oxford. We used to go on Camp to Shotover just on the outskirts of the City and I remember...

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View from The Vicarage – Mother Teresa

It was a source of some disappointment for me to have been unable to see the exhibition dedicated to Mother Teresa of Calcutta that is currently being held at the Oratory in Oxford. There was an outside chance that I might be able to nip in on my way back from...

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View from the Vicarage – April 2016

The Annual General Meeting of Parishioners takes place on Sunday the 17th of April. The thought of this event may not fill many folk with great feelings of excitement and unbridled euphoria! However it is a necessary element in the way in which the Church of England,...

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View From The Vicarage – Friendship

It was my great privilege to recently preach at the Church of St John the Evangelist in Accrington. Before I began my sermon I brought them hearty greetings from St Anne’s Church in Totttington, Bury in Lancashire. The assembled throng picked up on my humorous remark...

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View from the Vicarage – Lent

It is pretty obvious to any of you who know me that I have been deeply influenced by Anglican – Catholic tradition; I grew up after all in Oxford and only around the corner from the Cowley Fathers and a short distance from the nuns at Faircares – both Church of...

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View From The Vicarage – The God Squad

We must surely have all been very impressed with members of the God Squad who slept out overnight outside the parish hall last Saturday in solidarity with the homeless of our diocese and the enormous response from the people at St Anne’s in bring in literally piles of...

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View From The Vicarage – The God Squad

We must surely have all been very impressed with members of the God Squad who slept out overnight outside the parish hall last Saturday in solidarity with the homeless of our diocese and the enormous response from the people at St Anne’s in bring in literally piles of...

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View From The Vicarage: Remembrance

In October this year our youngest Son, Freddie, went on a school battlefields tour to northern France. It is something that his school has annually organised for the past 21 years. This year the boys visited the town of Loos in order to commemorate the Old Boys from...

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