The Governing Body of the Church in Wales met on the 11th and 12th of April. After a little hiatus due to the fact that I crossed over the threshold from the world of laity to the world of clergy (which prevented me sitting in my appointed role on Governing Body as a lay person), I was back. The overall consensus was that the agenda for this meeting was thin and that proceedings were generally uneventful. The lack of engagement at the podium was testimony to this. There were a few exceptions, notably a presentation from Darren Millar AM on the Church in the Public Square. But the reason it’s taken me the last few weeks to calm down is because of the debate everyone had been waiting for: the Admittance of Children to Holy Communion.
Over the years, before, during and after my ordination, I’ve had the privilege of serving in both urban and rural church settings. Currently, I find myself in a mixed bag of churches, grouped together which range from a suburban parish right through to rural settings. One of these parishes is the church of St. James the Great, Rudry. This post aims to reflect and comment, just a little, on this particular church, as it’s growing.Read more
Since I started curating (in an ecclesiastical sense), I haven’t had as much time as I had hoped (ha! naive) to write this blog. But recent events, and the prompting of a college friend, have poked me to get on here and to write again. For the last few months, I have seen us edge closer and closer to a precipice whereby all kinds of evil will be unleashed if we, and more specifically, the Church, fail to speak out and do something to stop the degradation of our Western society.Read more
One of the big debates in theological college that faculty and students liked to rehearse was “clergy dress”. I don’t want to rake up the pros and cons now, exactly, but I just want to offer some observations that I have made since wearing one “full time”, as it were. I have to say that I’ve never had a problem with clerical dress myself, so I’ve not really had to struggle with wearing my collar. But nonetheless, my eyes have been opened to a whole new world, which I’m going to try to explain now:Read more
Last Sunday (26th June) I was ordained as an Anglican Minister. Technically, I am now a Deacon. Next year, God willing, I’ll be ordained again but as a priest/presbyter.
For the last few years, whilst I was training, I had already been part of the staff team of a number of parishes in South Wales. I took services, engaged in mission and evangelism, carried out pastoral visits and prepared candidates for baptism, as well as organising and assisting in baptisms, weddings and funerals.
This morning, I had the first supervision session with my Training Incumbent (the vicar who mentors me for the next few years) as a Curate.
“So, what’s changed?” was his question.Read more
Well – for the last two years, I’ve been training for ordination in the Anglican Church at Trinity College in Bristol. Those two years are now over, I’ve come out the other side, and I am about to be ordained (literally in an hour’s time). For my pre-ordination retreat, all of us about to be deaconed had been asked to write a reflection on our calling into ministry. Here’s mine for you to read:Read more
You may have heard by now that the Church of England was due to put an advert encouraging people to pray on cinema screens during the ad reels in the run up to the Christmas season. It came out in the press that the Digital Cinema Media (DCM) agency, which handles British film advertising for the major cinema chains, Odeon, Cineworld and Vue, refused to show the advert because it believed it would risk upsetting or offending audiences. You can read the full BBC article on the coverage of this story here.Read more
Yesterday, I preached a sermon on spiritual fulfilment. In that sermon, I talked about how the only way we can truly be fulfilled is by trusting Christ. No amount of money, clothes or gadgets will be able to fill the spiritual hole that exists in every human soul or act as a substitute for Jesus.Read more
I am part of a generation in the Church that is obsessed with the poor. And that’s not a bad thing either. The “in” theology of the day focusses on the “Church for the poor” and “God’s preferential option for the poor”. Of course, these “in” theologies aren’t really that new. They are a resurgence of Liberation Theology. And this Liberation Theology is not only provoking Christians to social action, but is also bringing Christians together from all over the theological spectrum.Read more