Category Archives: Personal

Mum … you are the world

‪”To the world you are a mother, but to your family you are the world.”‬ ‪This quote is so true of Sarah she is such a wonderful and amazing Mum not just to her two beautiful children but now to an extra two children as we grow our blended family. ‬

Hampshire Libraries

I’m a big fan of libraries.  I grew up regularly going into town to get out a wide range of books – especially biographies, sport and history books. Hampshire Library Service, like so many others across the country, has been going through a review as part of the austerity measures.  A paper on ‘Library Service […]

If …

Lots of questions whizzing around my head at the moment make this poem very appropriate: If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be […]

Happy New Year

Hoping that you have a fantastic and blessed 2016.

Diocese of Winchester General Synod Hustings

As I wrote last week, I am standing to be a member of General Synod.  Rather than doing a physical hustings, the Diocese of Winchester gave members of the Deanery Synods a chance to ask written questions to all the candidates.  The responses from the candidates for the Houses of Laity and House of Clergy, […]

I’m standing for General Synod

I am standing for the Church of England General Synod, as a member of the laity, in the Diocese of Winchester.  You can find out information about the other Laity and Clergy candidates in the Diocese of Winchester here.  Find out more about the General Synod here. Here’s my election address:   The Diocese of […]

Creative Father’s Day cards

I’m always so amazed by how creative Hannah is able to be with our two young boys as they make Father’s Day cards.  Here’s the one they made me this year: Josh even become a tie designer for Grandad and Gramp!

Questions about Daddy 2015

Hannah, my wife, did her annual questions about daddy with our two boys.  There’s some entertaining answers! 1. What makes Daddy happy? D – Giving him food. J – Building something. 2. How does Daddy make you laugh? D – Tickling me. J – Tickles me. 3. What was Daddy like as a child? D – […]

Life with a toddler

I love this! Can any other parents relate? Someone once told me it’s a good thing toddlers are so cute and sweet and loving because that’s what keeps you from killing them. Grant Snider of Incidental Comics has an 18-month-old daughter and is well aware of the extremities of that difficult, dangerous, but oh-so-memorable age. He created this […]

Dibden Minis, Kids & Youth – 2013 in summary

The children’s and youth ministry I help to lead has had a fantastic 2013, check out these facts to give you a flavour for what’s been happening: 197 children attended our Monsters Stink holiday club – the biggest summer holiday activity for children in Hampshire 78 assemblies, 29 RE lessons, 104 lunch club sessions and 8 pupils mentored […]

Cookie Christmas Tree

Last week, Hannah blogged about the cookie Christmas tree she made for the family using a set of cookie cutters from Lakeland. It looks amazing and tastes brilliant – we’ve certainly enjoyed eating it bit by bit this week and the cutters seem to have been lent to half the church since who want to have a […]

Books I have read: A Life Too Short

Even though I’d count myself as a knowledgable football fan I wasn’t too aware of who Robert Enke was until he sadly took his own life on the 10th November 2009 by stepping in front of a passing train.  Enke was a German goalkeeper who played for Barcelona, Benefica, and a number of other top […]