Yesterday the City Mayor and the Director of Public Health wrote to all Religion & Belief Communities asking them to voluntarily stay closed for 'the next few weeks' as Leicester still has the 2nd highest infection rate in the country and in spite of huge efforts numbers do not seem to go down sufficiently. The … Continue reading Request for prolonged Closure of Places of Worship
Last week I wrote about the big picture, how St Andrew's has developed and changed over 160 years and how with changing needs and tastes of the population the church got adapted, both very successfully and sometimes less so. I did say that I would like to open a wider conversation about how we can … Continue reading Living Angels and Stars of the Day
Over the past week I have been looking through files and pictures, talked to people about their memories and hugely benefitted from the research Elizabeth and Paul have been doing. I have been fascinated by how much the central parts of St Andrew's have changed over the past 160 years. Sometimes the changes were driven … Continue reading The Beauty of Holiness – Part 3
Thanks for Fr Owen from St James, Sussex Gardens. https://www.facebook.com/624103164285528/videos/789160778362408
This is not Part 3 of 'The Beauty of Holiness' but an interim report as so much is happening at the moment - which may surprise you, as the church unfortunately still has to remain closed. Small changes add up to big differences and as quite a few people got in touch expressing that they … Continue reading Small things are adding up!
It is deeply frustrating that the church needs to remain closed for public worship at the moment and that it is not possible to mark the journey of Lent together. There is a huge selection of online and print resources available for all sorts of tastes and interests, and as an example for several I … Continue reading Lent is here
The South Transept – the Lady Chapel St Andrew's has changed considerably over the past 160 years and all old buildings suffer from contradictory temptations of their users: to throw things out which are special because fashion changes, and to fill spaces with not very desirable items (well, clutter). I keep discovering interesting things (and … Continue reading The Beauty of Holiness – Part 2
Something I am very keen on is the missional quality of Beauty. Beauty is attractive and speaks of God, as God is beautiful. St Andrew's is a wonderful building with many beautiful things, which need looking after in order to speak loudly about God. Even if a sense of beauty is highly individual and a … Continue reading The Beauty of Holiness – Part 1
Over the last few weeks lots of things happened around St Andrew's Church - one advantage of the closure of the church and the lockdown we are all under is that there is time and space to care for our building and make it even more welcoming, helpful to worship and awe-inspiring. You may have … Continue reading We love the place, O God…
Whenever I hear simplistic answers where God is in this pandemic I get annoyed. But it is a different question how I can relate to God during this time and how I can be attentive to finding him in the small things - as most of us do not experience many big and exciting things … Continue reading Finding God in the midst of the pandemic?