Author Archives: Kevin Watson

Some Mothers Do Have ‘Em

With new legislation in May this year, we are having to look again at what data we are storing and how we use it! I have noticed that when we are happy for information to be kept about us, we find it hard to understand why someone else is unwilling, indeed we may even think them strange. Let us be a little more understanding and tolerant, as folk may have many reasons for privacy, or simply they do not want their information used – and that is their right.

A few years ago, a book was written on the history of moderators – I was included, without any recognised academic or professional qualifications to my name. I guess that’s because the author checked the yearbook, where none are listed. But that doesn’t necessarily mean I haven’t any, just that I chose not to have them recorded. You may think that is odd. Here is some of my reasoning. When I was told that my qualifications, or lack them would inform any pastorate of my academic calibre, my response was a loud rejection, as I passionately believe, that beyond basic competency of skills, a minister should be judged on their relationship with God, and with other sisters and brothers – relational, rather than academic. In my more strident evangelical days, I thought it ever so clever to say that the only B.A. I need is Born Again! I did think that was very clever! Continue reading

Angels from the realms of glory

Like one of those picture puzzles for children – Can you spot the real angel in the photos?

First Sunday in Advent and I was leading worship at Upton-by-Chester United Reformed Church. I entered the building to be overwhelmed by a mighty host of heavenly beings – angels from the realms of glory! It was explained that there had been a “Festival of Angels” with church folk, church organisations and people in the community all contributing displays of angels. There were angels constructed of many materials, even copper piping, made by a local plumber! Although what I saw was impressive, I understand that some of the displays had already been taken away. It was as though I was at an Angel Convention!

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The Heart at the Edge and the Edge at the Heart

Freshwater Bay

Bromsgrove

 

 

 

 

 

Two photographs – one is of the south coast of England, at Freshwater Bay, the Isle of Wight, the other is about as far from the sea as you can get, near Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. The Isle of Wight may be at the country’s edge, yet in our churches there, we discovered a real heart for the Gospel and care for others. West Midlands may be at the heart of the country, but we discovered a minister and a faith community seeking peace and reconciliation at the edges of society, alongside its neighbouring Community for Reconciliation at the Barnes Close Centre.

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