Loaves and fishes – the ultimate bring and share lunch?

The’ feeding of the 5000’ phrase is often used to describe either a criticism of the amount of food produced for an occasion – possibly wastefully –  or a comment on the generosity of the host. Or, as my mother frequently said, ‘if you can see the table, there isn’t enough food on it’ !

A many-sided mystery

Romans 8.26-39; Matthew 13.31-33,44-52   As I read through our Gospel passage at the weekly Zoom bible study on Wednesday morning, the line that struck me most, that left an impression on me, was when Jesus says, “Have you understood all this?” They answered, “Yes.”   As I reflected on[…]

Planting & Patience

A Sermon Preached by Canon Simon Butler Sunday 19th July 2020 Matthew 13:24-30 I’m sure several us have embarked on lockdown projects. Perhaps a room has been decorated, maybe a novel has been read, possibly a skill has been gained. For us at the Vicarage, it has been the garden[…]


Readings: Genesis: 3. 1-14; John 1. 1-14   I want to tell you something about my childhood. I was privileged to grow up in the countryside. And there was a beautiful view from the back of our house when the sun set in a clear blue sky of a calm[…]

A Sermon Preached by Canon Simon Butler On the reopening of the Church for Public Worship after the Coronavirus Lockdown Sunday 5th July 2020 4 Come to [the Lord Jesus], a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and 5 like living stones, let yourselves be built[…]

Restoration – Three reflections

Restoration – Three reflections   What will we find when we return from exile?                       Isaiah 49:8-13   When I say ‘restoration’, what do we think of?  The picture or furniture expert, whose job is to bring the object in question back to its original state of being? Removing the[…]

Resilience: 3 reflections

Over the next four Sundays we will be reflecting together on the 4 Rs of deep adaptation resilience, relinquish, restore and reconcile, which form Jem Bendell’s road map for navigating the unfolding climate tragedy we are in.   We will be using the 4 Rs – resilience, relinquish, restore and reconcile,[…]

75th Anniversary of VE Day

A Sermon Preached by Canon Simon Butler 10th May 2020 75th Anniversary of VE Day 2 Corinthians 5:17-20 ‘Greater love has no-one than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.’ Those familiar words from John’s Gospel are familiar to us from countless war memorials and graves from the[…]

Converted by the Church

A Sermon Preached by Canon Simon Butler 3rd May 2020 (Live-Streaming) Acts 2:42-27 When I was a young adult I was very enthusiastic about my new-found Christian faith and I felt it was vital that I shared my faith with as many people as I could and to try and[…]

Grief and a Changing Climate

Readings: Acts 2.14a,36–41, Luke 24.13–35   When I was on my ordination retreat back in 2015, the week I was to be made a deacon, I had a grace-filled experience of deep grief. The place we were staying in was a handsome old house, set deep in the beautiful Northumbrian[…]

Behind Locked Doors…

When it was evening on the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ (John 20:19) We have begun to understand something more[…]

A Brief Reflection on Coronavirus

This sermon was unusual as it became an interactive discussion about how we can respond locally to the Coronavirus pandemic, and was unprepared. The text below is an introductory section on making sense and responding to the situation in a Christian way.   Today’s sermon is going to be a[…]