A Prayer Request – For Dales Faith and Faith in the Dales

I have been praying for the people of this area for over 20 years now. I am always reassured, however, that God desires to bless his people far more than we can ever imagine. Please would you pray with me, for the people who live in and around the Dales. That God would bless, heal, restore and build up the people of this area. And that we might be known as people who bring God’s blessing and light to the communities in which we live.

A Prayer For You: Overwhelmed

The truth is that everyone has felt overwhelmed at some time. We have limited resources, more skills and capacities in some areas, and fewer in others. Life is complex, as are people and the many situations we face. But there is one who knows this better, who has been there himself and yet understands how every creature that has ever lived was formed, and will be there with us if we ask him to be. So if this is you, and if it is now, and if you’d like to, shall we pray together?

Hoping for Better Days?

The year has changed but the demands and routines we left in 2022 will still be with us… Some of us will have paused at the change of the year and resolved to redirect our energies or review our habits… But the change from December to January did not bring peace to the people of Ukraine nor did it did not resolve the crisis in our NHS… Can we really hope for better days? Read on…

“You Came!”

The unexpected knock, the sudden uncertainty, the surprised smiles, the rush of relief mixed with excitement. “You came!”

When you had given up thinking that they would come and were settled into the ache of the hope you could not let go of, that perhaps they might. When you had put the thing you had left by the door to give to them, back into the drawer with a mental note that you knew where it was, if that day ever came. When, in busy times you did not give the thought time to surface, but it did every time you paused, or looked out. That’s when it came…

A Prayer For You: Who Are Grieving

Death, bereavement, loss – whatever the word we use to describe it, it hurts. For you it may be something recent, raw, a present reality that overwhelms the everyday. Or maybe your loss was some time ago and you have had to live on without them, meeting moments you should have met together, being places where they should have been, and you grieve both the one you have lost and the future you should have had together. 

Something is Dying… Something is Not Yet Born

As the son of a preacher my childhood Sundays were spent driving around the North Yorkshire Dales to cold chapels and warm kitchens. The smell of the hymnbooks, the wheezing of the harmonium, the sight of the tables spread with food, and the gentle earnestness and generous hospitality of the dales folk are still etched in my mind.  Today most of the chapels are closed. Only last week, I helped to move furniture from one that held its last service just a month ago. This caring Christian presence at the heart of every community is disappearing fast.