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July / August 2022 Lead Contact article

When preaching at ABC on 19 June I mentioned that we were approaching the 15th anniversary of the iPhone. The first one was released by Apple on 29 June 2007, and it is difficult now to comprehend its significance. While this device wasn’t technically the first ‘smartphone,’ it turned out to be the clever breakthrough in design (and marketing) that changed everything. In one pocket sized device we now had something which gave us (as well as the ability to…

June 2022 Lead Contact article

Platinum Jubilee – a lifetime of service As I reflect on this, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee celebratory month, and all the things that have been planned up and down the country to mark this ‘probably’ unique achievement, I marvel at what she has accomplished over the 70 years since she acceded to the throne after the sudden death of her father, George VI on 6 February 1952. She was only 25 years old. She knew she was…

May 2022 Lead Contact article

I was thinking following our Annual General Meeting where we agreed the all-important profile of the church and the comment that we ‘go forward in faith and with patience’ – meaning that it’s not in our timing but God’s that will be the perfect timing for us as a church to receive a new minister. As we all know patience is a virtue, and I’m sure I’m not the only person wishing I had more patience. I need constantly to…

April 2022 Lead Contact Article

This year as we are experiencing Lent, a time of waiting, preparation, questioning and discovery, it seems to me an appropriate and timely gift as we focus on our individual and collective response preparing ourselves for a new minister, someone to guide and lead us further into Christ’s vision of his life on earth as displayed in the Gospels. Alone in the wilderness preparing for entering into his future ministry with those he would meet around him, Jesus faced strong…