I run. I think. I talk. I listen. I watch. I pray. I ride. I read. I write. I sleep.
I am married. I am (mostly) English. I am (slightly) short-sighted.
I follow Jesus, because I think he is true. I follow Jesus because I think he brings life. I follow Jesus because he doesn’t stop walking.
I get frustrated with Jesus because he is mysterious. I get frustrated with Jesus because he doesn’t do what I want. I get frustrated with Jesus because I am always slightly behind.
I believe life in all its fulness is available to all, if only we could all see through the cloud of dust kicked up by Jesus walking, and us being slightly behind. Nevertheless, we keep walking. Keep loving. Keep changing. Keep growing. Keep learning. Keep listening. Keep being wrong and starting over. Its not over yet and there is life to be lived.
In summer 2009 I became the Associate Vicar in the Parish of St Helier, with particular responsibility for the small congregation of (about) 15 (mostly) older ladies in Bishop Andrewes’ Church, who I thought then may prove to be the catalyst for the transformation of our housing estate. That would be pretty amazing.
October 2010 update – the congregation is now about 25-30, with those wonderful older ladies plus some mums with their young children plus some other folks, we’ve started BA Kids and we are very encouraged. Things are changing…!!
March 2011 update – the congregation is growing and changing, with about 25 adults and 12 children, which is an interesting ratio! And the transformation of our housing estate is beginning, one life at a time.
January 2012 update – well this Sunday we had 35 adults and 17 children. I don’t know how or why; some are unchurched, with little or no faith background, but still they come. What a mixed and mixing community. This is the kingdom…
June 2012 update – we are now getting a regular 35-40 adults and 10 children, and from aiming for 20 people 3 years ago we are now aiming for 55. But more importantly, we are seeing lives changed, people coming to faith, and Jesus making a difference in unexpected places. Is this the crest of a wave, or the new reality?
March 2015 update – the congregation is settling, and our growth and impact continues. We recently had a church picnic, and a church lunch, both of which we had over 50 people, which is so encouraging for a small church, and we now have a small leadership team. We are planning our third Active Church Fun Day, we are knocking on doors offering prayer for our community, and we are seeing God at work in our lives and the lives of others.