I'm writing this on holiday at Amble in Northumberland on the north east coast. Amble call itself 'the friendliest port' and people do their best to live up to the title. A few days ago we were in Alnwick (there's a new railway there!) David Scott (once vicar of St James) once told me that he was born in  Alnwick but when he was a boy his parents 'moved south to Gateshead' It was hard for a Coventry kid like me to imagine.

Soon our Parish Pilgrims will be her in the real North remembering St. Aiden and St. Cuthbert and walking to Lindisfarne. There is something wonderfully genuine about the saints of the North. Omn July 25th we remebered St James, an ambitious and noisy fisherman. He tells us that faith needs to be witnessed to by genuine good works.

Soon we will begin a new era of faith and good works - and genuine friendliness - as we grow together  'under new management'

Ken Sleeman

I first wrote a similar article to this for the Coventry Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers’ quarterly magazine, and then realized how pertinent it was to our Church.

 ‘Le Golfe de Morbihan’ in Brittany has a micro-climate, as well as a mind of its own, so weather-wise it can range from very hot to stormy all in a day. As a consequence we never visit our little house there without taking a jig-saw puzzle – just in case!

I seem to worry absolutely everything these days; but given my experience in schools I could never have imagined becoming so stressed about doing an assembly in an infant school. When the head asked me to do something about Trinity Sunday I blithely said ‘yes’. It was only later when I realised that Trinity Sunday is the only Christian celebration not based on an event that I started worrying about having to explain the purely doctrinal concept of the Holy Trinity to five-year olds.

Pondering on what to write for this week’s Pew News, I remembered a reflection I wrote of a particularly busy coffee morning a couple of years ago.

Reflection of a Coffee Morning .… St James

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby who took part in the Coventry Diocese centenary celebrations at the beginning of this month, asked us to join in with a global wave of prayer called 'Thy Kingdom Come'. This eleven days of prayer from the day after Ascention Day (11th May) ending at Pentecost (20th May) asked us to pray for five of our family and friends who we feel would benefit from following Jesus more closely.