Join me in praying through advent

advent_spaces.jpgHot on the heels of the last 24-7 Prayer ‘Spaces’ season that saw us reach number 1 in the iTunes Religion and Spirituality chart, we’re running a series of advent devotional podcasts over the coming weeks.  Rather than try to describe the idea myself, it’s over to 24-7’s Scot Bower:

“Advent is a special time in the church calendar, it’s a time to prepare for the party but also a season to reflect on the coming of Christ. Four weeks where you can ask yourself some pretty big questions. To help us ask those questions 24-7 Prayer will be releasing short devotional videos every day in the run up to Christmas… “

If you’d like to join me in these amazing devotionals, just head on over to www.24-7prayer.com/spaces.

Have a blessed advent!

Praying for peace on the streets of the UK

PFL_thumb.jpgWho knows precisely what’s underlying the rioting going on across the UK at the moment…  What I do know is that we need God’s peace to break out, as people’s lives and livelihoods are being wrecked through mindless violence.

We’ve just put up an article on the 24-7 Prayer UK website if you’d like to join me in praying.  

Crikey!

One of the many fun parts of moving into the vicarage in Bexley, has been setting myself up with an office/study. Part of this has been realisng a long term dream – painting a mural of Bridget Riley’s work ‘Late Morning’.

As you can see I have a bright wall facing me now whilst I work!

Riley Late Morning web.jpg  Riley Late Morning Side web.jpg

Wedding Photos

panda.jpgOK, here’s the first batch for all those who’ve been asking.

In around a months time I’ll post all of my and Andrea’s favorites on a website somewhere (there were plenty of photographers there on the day), but for now, enjoy the top skills of Robert Hooper, our professional photographer…

        www.roberthooper.co.uk/proofs

        The password to enter the personal gallery is: 0111 Ward

We hope you enjoy them, we’re certainly pleased with the results!

[The picture you see here was taken by the wonderful Gemma Horsell – more from her in a month’s time…]

New Supporter Newsletter

24-7 Prayer continues to be a major part of my life, and God certainly doesn’t seem finshed with this amazing movement of prayer yet!  As you can see in the latest edition of my supporters newsletter,God is at work in many peoples lives, even in the midst of all the bad news we keep seeing on our television screens.  There is hope!

If you’d like to read a little of what I get up to, be encouraged by
what God is doing, and perhaps even join me in praying for my work with
24-7, please do download the pdf via the link.

If you’d like to
go onto my list of supporters to make sure you get these hot off the
press in future, please just send me a message by filling in the form here.

Brighton Rock

andrea_and_pier_blog.jpgOK, so its been a long blogging break for me, but I couldn’t remain away from the bloggosphere after the weekend Andrea and I have just had.

On Friday we went rock shopping!  We’ve been engaged about a month, but we only managed to get enough time together to get the ring this week.  Having been recommended that we look in Brighton, we trekked down on a lovely warm day to the south coast.

The experience couldn’t have been better.  We headed straight for Exclusive Jewellery, owned and run by Sam New, brother of Charlotte, who until recently was working for me.  Sam took us through all the things we could have wished to know about, right from all the different metal options for the mount, to stone settings, and all of the factors going into the grading of diamonds.  I’ll never look at a diamond again in the same light!

After a couple of hours (literally!) we stumbled upon a ring that looked really good on Andrea’s finger, and were excited about the ‘peach’ of a diamond as Sam called it that he’d just brought up from the shop store; a very bright white 50 point 1/2 carat round diamond.

engagement_ring_blog.jpgUsually time would have been required for a deliberation on whether or not this was the right purchase, but we were both so happy with the experience and the look of the diamond ring now sparling on Andrea’s finger that we made the decision there and then.  15 minutes later the ring had been resized and the diamond set, and we were cracking a bottle of bubbly in celebration with Sam.  We left the shop with big grins on our faces, very happy with the new sparkler on Andrea’s hand.