St Anne’s Church, Tottington

View From The Vicarage

The Vicar’s blog.

Calling Card

Every year I have a calling card printed. On one side are my contact details and a greeting and on the other is a prayer that I hope people might find helpful and encouraging. Two that I have used for many years were written by St Teresa of Avilla and St Francis de...

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Worship Through Winter

According to my diary, British wintertime begins on Thursday the 21st of December. This is also the day on which many Anglicans (me included) keep the Feast Day of St Thomas the Apostle and Martyr. There is an old rhyme that goes, “St. Thomas Day, St. Thomas Gray, The...

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Remembering to Remember

Every day I make a list of things to do. At the very top of the list is prayer. Beneath that are an extraordinary variety of other things that make up the day that sometimes makes me feel a little be bi-polar!! These range from the sublime to the ridiculous, from the...

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In Quires And Places Where They Sing!

Ken Bayliss retired as Church Organist last week having carried out 40 years sat on the organ stool!! What I said about him can be found in my sermon here. We now have a rota of four organists with Alan Beedie taking the Choir for practice. It is planned that they...

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Pass On

A few days ago I made a very long and rather tedious journey by train to Bath. The overall journey took me about 12 hours from start to finish for a meeting that lasted not much more than twenty five minutes! “What”, I can hear you all say, “gripped the attention of...

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View from the Vicarage | Desiderata

My brother John and I shared bedroom until I left home to go off to University. As little boys we slept end to end and in that unusual context he taught me my prayers! As a teenager I was the one whose bed was lodged against the bedroom window that used to freeze up...

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View from the Vicarage

The view this month is a little grey in spite of the bright blue sunshine and the soaring temperatures. Over the past few days I have visited Tottington Primary and High Schools. I have spoken to members of staff as well as pupils. I was asked to lead prayers at the...

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Cynicism is a very unattractive dimension of modern life – but it’s not a new phenomena. It comes from a Greek word and is ‘an inclination to believe that people are motivated purely by self-interest’. It is easy to understand how folk can become like this. The...

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View from the Vicarage – Micah 6:8

“What does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8). There are times in life when we realise just how little control, power or influence we actually have. This can be a salutary and humbling realisation....

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View from the Vicarage – Mothering Sunday

Mothering Sunday falls on the 26th of March. Every year I seem to undertake a rearguard campaign to remind countless numbers of people that I come into contact with that it is NOT Mother’s Day! Now before anyone jumps to the wrong conclusions, I need to tell you that...

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View from the Vicarage – Lent

Ash Wednesday is a day of Holy Obligation that this year falls on the 1st of March. That’s to say that it is one of the principal dates in the calendar when a Christian ought to be in Church to make their Holy Communion and prepare themselves for the start of this...

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View from the Vicarage – New Beginnings

Someone once said to me that the reason why they had never made any new year’s resolutions was because they knew that they would always fail to keep them. Personal discipline is so often sacrificed upon the altar of good intentions; the list is legion. In faith...

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