On the eve of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral

I am writing this blog on the eve of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.  The service, the number of guests and other aspects of the occasion will be scaled down as a result of the current Covid  pandemic but paradoxically this is how Prince Philip would have wanted his funeral to be,  a minimum of fuss and low key.   I am sure that we all would wish to give thanks for his long service to the country and support for the Queen over the astonishing period of 70 years of marriage! … More On the eve of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral

Wellington Blog by the Rev Dr Norman Shanks

I can’t help thinking about the familiar passage from Ecclesiastes with all the current interest so many of us have in dates – with the return of children to school this week and next (a relief from home-schooling for some, anxiety about the increased potential for virus-transmission among others); speculation and hopes about when shops, the hospitality industry, and of course hairdressers will be open again; when we’ll be able to gather again with families and friends, worship and meet together again face to face, arrange holidays or know if existing bookings will materialise; and so on. … More Wellington Blog by the Rev Dr Norman Shanks

I give up giving up!

I’ve had a enough of giving up this year! I won’t detail a bit of it, because I know you have, too! It’s Lent and maybe you’re expecting me to ask you to pick something you’ll really miss and give it up, but I’m not going to give up a single thing and I’m not going to tell you that you should give up anything, either. I’ve had enough of it! … More I give up giving up!

Wellington Blog by the Rev Dr Roger Sturrock

The Mars rover is called “Perseverance” and it reflects the years of planning and preparation that went into its launch and successful landing. During the Covid pandemic, a smaller team of scientists was based at NASA headquarters but many other members of the scientific team worked from home despite all the difficulties entailed by working in isolation! A truly remarkable achievement!! … More Wellington Blog by the Rev Dr Roger Sturrock

Wellington Blog by the Rev Dr Norman Shanks

According to an ancient Greek myth, Pandora’s box contained all the evils of the world, and once these were released only hope remained. As the lockdown restrictions continue and we contemplate all that is going on in the wider world, hope is something we all need to hold on to; and it is very noticeable, if hardly surprising, how often hope is spoken of in media interviews, newspaper columns, and people’s conversations day by day. … More Wellington Blog by the Rev Dr Norman Shanks

Wellington Blog by the Rev Dr Norman Shanks

In this third week of Advent now, we are well into the ‘countdown’ towards Christmas and, with the lockdown restrictions still in place – even if relaxed a little to the benefit of non-essential shops, the hospitality industry and shoppers who have been unable or chosen not to buy online – what a different feel there is about things this year! … More Wellington Blog by the Rev Dr Norman Shanks