Today is advent sunday and we lit the first candle on the advent wreath today...and the new Church of England advent website - why are we waiting - has put up it's first posting. We open the chocolate advent calendar tomorrow.
Having been down to Bristol for my Trinity College graduation ceremony yesterday I am feeling a bit tired today (it was great to see everyone again) so must get back to afternoon tea and a sit down before the evening service.
I know I said I wasn't going to b able to blog for a while but I think it may well be that I will be able to post but it will be a little more infrequent than 'usual'. I can't resist the pull of the interweb!
Anyway, I thought I would break my silence with details of this campaign by Barnardo's. It is called Children in trouble.
The Campaign (in Barnardo's words) is as follows:
"There are people who might say that some children are difficult to believe in – those who are troublesome or engage in anti-social behaviour.
At Barnardo’s, we argue that it is these children who especially need our help and support.
Evidence shows that most children in trouble are trapped in a cycle of disadvantage:
* they come from the poorest families and communities * they have the poorest educational experiences * they are more likely to suffer ill health and substance abuse.
Most children are not troublesome. They attend school, take part in activities and many volunteer in their communities.
Despite this, society has the perception that children are responsible for a significant amount of antisocial behaviour and crime and are becoming increasingly intolerant.
Society is demonising its young people."
Please watch the following video - will children who are under 13 years of age please seek parental consent before watching this video.
Thanks to everyone who has sent messages and has been praying for the parishes and for the family and friends of Joseph Lappin. Your love and support has been much appreciated.
Unfortunately, due to unforeseen (and totally unrelated) circumstances, I have to continue with my blog break for a few more months. I hope to be back by the early new year. Meanwhile, please do tune in to the new re:jesus blog where I shall be adding the occasional post. In the meantime if you need to get in touch you can either post a comment here and I will get back to you, or you can email me.
I have lived in Liverpool since I was 18years old. I came here to study drama, pop music and be an actor. I spent a couple of years in a theatre company in Leeds during the mid 1990's returning to start an academic career at Edge Hill University in 1998. In 2001 I started to explore the possibility of full time ministry in the church of England. After a long period of discernment I started at Trinity College, Bristol in 2006 and trained be a vicar.
I was ordained as a Deacon in Liverpool Anglican Cathedral in June 2008 and ordained priest in June 2009. I am serving as the assistant curate at St John Chrysostom and St Peter's churches, Everton.