Saturday, December 30, 2006

Buried in the ground but not in the memory ...

" Well done ,good and faithful servant. You have been trustworthy with what I gave you . Come now and share in your master's happiness" Matthew 25:31

Yesterday, as a fellowship we commited our beloved brother Williams earthly remains into the ground .

The memorial services were a fitting tribute to this man of faith . Hundreds of folk from all over the country made the journey, all gathered together to remember this lovely, remarkable man .

He will be missed .

Monday, December 18, 2006

Sorrow & Joy

A sad day at church yesterday without William . I really missed him in the vestry praying before the service . Many tears were shed by Gods people in the fellowship, tears of sadness mixed with tears of joy because we all know that Will is now with his beloved saviour ..

On Saturday about 35 of the youth went over to see the Panto at Crewe " Cinderella" was good fun and put a smile back on my face ...if you get a chance go and see it

Friday, December 15, 2006

William Towers a man who will be missed by many ...

Last night a great friend and spiritual mentor passed from this life into the presence of Jesus .

William Towers was the most faithful man I have ever met. Many tears will be shed over his departure . A fellow elder and friend that I will miss immensely .

Now though ,he is in Glory Land in the presence of The Lamb . Eternity is his and he no longer lives by faith but by sight .

Until we meet again my friend ...

Thursday, December 14, 2006

The exams are over returns !!

Just a quick note to say that I have finished my exams for this year ...yes yes yes

So life returns ...for me and the family that was in the form of Christmas shopping in Ikea and Marks& Spencers last night ...oh the Joys of the festive season :-)

Anyway normal postings should now resume ....

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Yet another Christmas Dinner

I was the guest speaker over at Bradley Road Evangelical Church in Wrexham this afternoon , they had their ladies Christmas Dinner ...yet another turkey dinner & mince pies .... Now I know why Santa is so fat ;-)

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

First Turkey of the Season

Last night we held our annual Christmas meal at the Hawkstone Hall hotel .Great company and great dinner ...turkey , Christmas pud followed by mince pies . You can't get more traditional than that !

Paul Hinton was the after dinner speaker . He proclaimed the good news of Christ's birth in a way that people can relate to . All 113 guests ,I am sure, went away with food in their bellies and food for their minds ..

Still swatting for exams in between speaking engagements ...normal postings will resume next week after my exams ...roll on next week.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

The Truck Stop ....

The Midway Truckstop Cafe on the A49 near Prees Heath

Have you ever been to a traditional English Cafe and had the all day breakfast ...fantastic .

Today was a treat as Phil and I along with another pastor Alistair did just that . We had much to discuss between us, so why not discuss it over bacon, eggs, beans, sausages and fried bread, swilled down with all the tea you can drink ...unbeatable .

At this particular truckers cafe they have a breakfast on the menu called the "Desperate Dan" this breakfast is a challenge to even the hardened eaters and comes with a government health warning .... so I have started training and will one day rise to the challenge :-)

Monday, November 27, 2006

A blast from the past

Yesterday we had dinner with "The Fraser" family who live on the Wirral . It turns out that Andrew ( the dad) went to school with me , or rather he was a year below me . Our conversation was very nostalgic. He knew some of my first girlfriends !!! you see your past does come back to haunt you sometimes :-) We had a great time with the family and have pledged a reunion at Starbucks in the near future .

I have exams looming , which is why posts have been a little less frequent and this trend is set to continue for at least a couple of weeks .... I'm too old to be doing exams !!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Tight Spot ...

Sometimes in life you find yourself really up against it ( Like the seal in the photo) .

Driven by fear, anxiety , burdens, overcome by hopelessness . Then in those times it's vital that you turn as a Christian to the One who is in control and on Him cast all your cares ...Read this written by the Apostle Peter to Christian men and women who were suffering at the hands of their persecutors ( The sharks )...

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

My Head Hurts!!

Phil and I spent 6hrs planning for next year today ...strategy for the sake of Christ and His Kingdom ....We have started the first draft of a battle plan. One that I am sure will have a couple of Dunkirks in it but one that will ultimately always win because with Christ you cannot lose .

I love being on the winning team .....

Sunday, November 19, 2006

A Better Bond

A few of us went to See " Casino Royale " on Saturday night . Good ,rugged bloke film... :-) .
For the ladies there was the inevitable love interest and the sight of James in his Boxer shorts !!!

Anyway go and see it , lots of twists and turns and very different from your regular Bond movie ..Its a shame that they apparently wrote off three perfectly good Aston Martin DBS's in the making of the movie ..Shocking

Friday, November 17, 2006

Riding with Giants ....

Over tha last two Friday mornings we have hosted at the church a big RE lesson called "Riding with Giants" ...telling the story of the Giants of the Bible

Over three hundred primary school kids ( yrs 3& 4) attended from 6 local schools ..

It was great fun and the Gospel was preached loud and clear...

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Brave Boy meets His match !!!

Thought this was very funny

Getting Old

Twas my Birthday yesterday ...1963 was a vintage year ...My mum says I was 10lb 3 oz when I was born so I have always been overweight for may age ;-)

Anyway we celebrated with a curry and a packet of Midget Gems ..Two of my favourite things ..

So my time is moving on.... into the 44th year .... the grave is fast approaching and still much to do . Like two sermons before Sunday ..

Monday, November 13, 2006

Should I get a tatoo?

I sometimes get asked this question .......listen to this sermon(click here) by Mark Driscoll from the States I have heard on what the Bible says we should and shouldn't do ...this one is two cups of coffee worth ..60 minutes long ...but worth it

The Dreaded Common Cold!!!

Well it's the annual season of the common cold and yet again I am a victim you all have to feel sympathy for me ...after all I am a bloke ..and blokes don't do colds very well :-)

Where is the Lemsip ........

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Visitors .....Lots of them

It was great to have friends old and new round for a meal today ....

Here goes the list fromthe bottom up ...1st stair ...Josh , Naomi& Laura

Second stair ..Libby, Luke ( after having eaten a green egg!) &Katie

Third stair.. Tia & Anna

Fourth stair..Liz & Hannah

Fifth Stair .. Ben & Kathryn.

Six stair... Simon

Seventh Stair ..Stephen , Lou & Ben ....

The aftermath ...Frisky our wooden cat found a new home in our bed & Below Laura's room resembled a nuclear blast :-)

It was a great afternoon folks ... Despite Ben wearing his Arsenal top ..

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

How would you answer his questions?

John Humphry's of Radio 4 fame is currently broadcasting a series of programmes entitled " In Search of God"

Over a three week period he is interviewing the Archbishop of Canterbury , a senior Muslim cleric and then a Rabbi. You can check it out by clicking here ... Take a listen and if you are a Christian ask yourself the question ; "How would I answer him? " and if you are not a Christian and you have the same questions as John that remain unanswered, then send me an e-mail and I will have a go at helping you in your search for God .

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Busy Days

In between a School assembly and the Answering the Big Questions course yesterday I was trying to write an essay for a Friday deadline ....the title I have been given is " Discuss the claim that the sinlessness of Christ's human nature renders him a less than sympathetic High Priest "

So go on have a go and send me your answers before Friday :-)

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Pyrotechnic mania

Well it's that time of year again.The air is thick with the smell of gunpowder. Fireworks everywhere . Personally I love them , probably a throw back to my early days in Liverpool when as lads we used to buy "bangers" by the bucketful and make our neighbours lives a misery ... I don't think you are allowed to buy bangers nowadays . Sensible decision because in the wrong hands they can be lethal.

Anyway over the last couple of nights we have celebrated bonfire night with a YPF ( Young Peoples Fellowship ) bonfire courtesy of the Dakin family and £35 worth of Lidl fireworks ( which were a very good buy ). Then last night we had our family gathering . A small box of fireworks, a few sparklers , some marsh mallows to roast on the chimenea along with some toasted tea cakes ...fantastic . We have a lot to thank Guy Fawkes for :-)

Friday, November 03, 2006

Day In Bangor Wales

Bangor Bay ...view from the car whilst I was writing an essay ... This fella was keeping an eye on me

I spent the day in Bangor yesterday as a guest of the Christian Union . It was a great day. The weather was much better than last year although it was a little cold . It was good to renew fellowship with folk there and to be given the opportunity to preach the gospel .

I also managed to spend some time in the library at Bangor finishing off one of my essays ...the deadline is 1pm today so I better get cracking ....

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

She made a mask

Laura spent a good few hours making this mask over the half term break ... It's for her art project in school ...I think it's brilliant ..but I suppose I am biased :-)

Monday, October 30, 2006

A couple of days in the lakes ..

Had a week off last week with the highlight being one night at this bed and breakfast in Hawkshead . The lake district is a wonderful place especially at this time of year . However it does like to rain there :-)

Also visited Rob ( my nephew) who lives as a student in Blackpool . He hates the place and can't wait to finish his course this year so that he can escape . I must admit I do share his dislike for the place ..Blackpool does nothing for me ... anyway here are some pics..

Singing in the Bowness Rain !!

The Seagulls of windermere ..

Laura studies Wordworth's Grave

The Hills are alive with colour in Grasmere

Billy Bob & the Crew

Friday, October 20, 2006

It brought back memories ....

Last night Gill and I were treated to a trip to the Birmingham Hippodrome to see Willie Russells Blood Brothers .

A play set in 1970's Liverpool about twin brothers growing up, separated in different families and different cultural classes .

It brought back many childhood memories of dirty knees and games of "Cowboys and Indians" . I thoroughly enjoyed the evening, particularly the memories that it evoked . If you get a chance go and see it .

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Coffee morning on tour

Yesterday some of the Coffee morning punters went on tour to see Doris ( the Lady in the blue top)

Doris left Wem in July to go and live nearer to her Son in Brampton near Cambridge . It was a great day out ...the food and cakes were especially good :-)

Monday, October 16, 2006

Visit from old friends ... or is that Ancient friends :-)

Chris & Brenda

Yesterday it was our great honour as a family to dine with the Cliff's . Chris & Brenda are good friends from our days at Wheelock Heath . They joined us for morning worship at Wem , which again was greatly blessd with numbers ...extra seats having to be put out for the fourth week running ...

Busy week ahead ....essays to write on top of the usual stuff ..

Not quite sure what they were getting up to here !!! Captions anyone :-)

Saturday, October 14, 2006

A successful days conker hunting

We did well. Here is the evidence ............

Conker Hunting

Going on a conker hunt with Laura today ...I love conkers , there is something about the horse chestnut that compels you to go looking for them

Fascinating fact .....Ever wondered why they call it 'Horse Chestnut ' ? Apparently its because the empty shell often looks like a horseshoe ....So now you can sleep well at night having solved the mystery that I am sure has troubled you for years :-)

Friday, October 13, 2006

Danny returns

Dan the man is back
Danny ..Pastor of this church ...has made a welcome return to the blogosphere ...but will it last??Those who know him can leave a comment ...Do you think he will go the distance ???

Great night tonight at Senior YPF .... between Junior and Senior we had just under 80 young people ...Praying that all of them would have a faith that yields much fruit

Be Careful ..............

Joshua , the God fearing man who took over from Moses and led the children of God over the Jordan and into the promised land said this on his deathbed....

Joshua 23:11 ( ESV)

"Be very careful , therefore to love the Lord your God"

He tells us in that chapter to keep God's covenant , He tells us to cling to the Lord , he tells us not to step out of line by breaking God's Law ...

We all need to be very careful ....The dictionary definition of careful is

"Attentive to potential danger, error, or harm; cautious: was careful when crossing the busy street; gave a careful answer."

How attentive are we to the potential dangers that will harm our faith in Jesus Christ ???

Read and meditate on the last two chapters of Joshua click here God has spoken to me through them today and I trust he will do the same for you

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Did you walk to work today ?

And I thought I had a problem with lazyness....

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Shan't be having beef on Sunday then....

These cows need a spell -checker :-)

Monday, October 09, 2006


This morning I have been asked to do a school assembly called "Mind the Gap" .It's all about world starvation and how young people can make a difference by trying to bridge the gap between ourselves and third world countries .

Today 16,000 children around the world will die from starvation , thats one child every five seconds ....

Do we care ?. We should . Jesus said that we should " Love our neighbour as ourselves " . God instructs us to help the poor . As Christians we are challenged to be "Lights" in a dark world that is very self centred . With little sense of community

The problem is so big that often we shrug our shoulders and say there is nothing I can do . but there is , the smallest contribution can save one life .

Little things make a huge difference . There are lots of good organisations that are set up to help you help ..... click here for instance ..... why not buy a goat for a village for Christmas ...

Do it...... And save a life