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Yesterday, the announcement was made to my three congregations which was a moving time of mixed emotions. Newburn Parish is a special place for me and the family, and when we move on in October it will be sad to leave them behind. It is made a little easier when I reflect on how much I feel, this new job is the one for me, even though it's all a bit scary, moving into the unknown. I am excited about the future and meeting new people at The Cathedral, where I will spend some of my time, new challenges and experiences are things I thrive on.
The above photo is not the interviewing panel, it is the judges from Newburn's Got Talent. There is so much to think about, as we plan the move to Jesmond, where we will live, so many goodbye's and loose ends to tie up. The main question is however, Can I still call the blog, the vicar's blog, when I am not a vicar?
Jul 6, 2011
One of our talented church members knitted a delightful set of characters from The Royal wedding. I particularly liked the Archbishop of Canterbury. I think she has the likeness off to a tee.The second is some of the people at our latest tea time church. If only all services could spill out into the sunshine with a picnic tea.
Jun 6, 2011
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Jan 10, 2011
None of this stonework is visible now. I know you are wondering if there is any end to my talent list. In between weddings and church services I am available for house renovations and general plastering work!!
Dec 10, 2010
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Nov 25, 2010
I was impressed with what the Queen said in Church House, especially when she told us that "what matters is holding firmly to the need to communicate the gospel with joy and conviction in our society". The Queen went on to say, "For at the heart of our faith stand not a preoccupation with our own welfare and comfort but the concepts of service and of sacrifice as shown in the life and teachings of the one who made himself nothing, taking the very form of a servant".
I liked that a lot. I liked the was she quoted from Ephesians and wished God's blessing upon us.
The bit in the Abbey that made the hairs on the back of my head stand up was singing God save the Queen while looking at her. All in all it has been a great experience. The next royal excitement is the wedding. Can't wait.
I stayed in a hotel right next to the eye - which was very handy. I didn't have time or really in inclination to go on it.
A report to the last Synod concluded with St Paul’s encouragement to the Ephesian church to "lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."
Archbishops and members of the Synod, the five years ahead will not always be straightforward. But I am confident that with the encouragement of these words of St. Paul and the certainty of the love of God, you will find the strength and the vision to work together to succeed. May the Lord’s blessing be on you as you embark on your important deliberations.
Nov 1, 2010
Another Sinclair in the world. Born this morning to Eldest Son John and his wife leanne. Lily weighed in at 8lb. Leanne recovering after a complicated labour and eventual cesarian section. Leanne is still in the delivery suite and not able to have visitors properly until tomorrow we hope. It really is great to be a granddad again
Oct 26, 2010
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Aug 9, 2010
This is the congregation. 8 people and Alison the designated deacon at the back.
The congregation were really lovely and gave me tea and jaffacakes after the service. They were all happy to be have their photo on the internet. It was made all the more surreal as I had listened to me and Gill (Wife) being interviewed on local radio as I drove to Christ Church, about the TV sitcom Rev. Throughout the service I was expecting the archdeacon to come in through the doors at the end of the nave and complain about my radio broadcast.