I received the book Footprints by Margaret Fishback Powers, for my birthday four years ago. Coincidentally it was also written the year I was born, in 1964!

The book is a collection of scripture reading and reflections all based on her poem, (which was written for her husband), and is a treasure trove which I can dip in and out of most days. I also take it with me when I go on our caravan holidays!

I suppose like most people, I have experienced times of anxiety, sadness and worry as well as many happy times. The words of this poem and, indeed the whole book has helped me through all these times.
The poem is rather long but the last part is here for you...

“…But I’m aware that during the most troublesome times of my life there is only one set of footprints. I just don’t understand why, when I needed You most, You leave me.”
He whispered, “My precious child. I love you and will never leave you, never, ever, during your trials and testings. When you saw only one set of footprints it was then that I carried you.”

What more can be said…
Rachel Cooper

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

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.

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

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!


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