Community Meals at 8SC

Greetings! As I write, ‘A’, one of our two residents, is kindly cooking Sunday lunch for the community and two guests – chicken and chorizo paella followed by gluten-free red velvet cake, with our gluten-free guest in mind. He was proudly sending us photo updates of the cake-making in progress yesterday! Monthly Sunday lunch has…

Making Home in Shropshire

Greetings from lovely Shrewsbury! For those who haven’t heard from us since my last blog post prayer request, I am very pleased to let you know that we found a lovely, cosy, 2-bedroom terraced house to rent which is walking/cycling distance both from the town centre and 8 Stretton Close (8SC), the house we have…

Prayer Please

Dear all, Just a quick prayer request if you have a moment… As mentioned in my recent post, Alex and I are looking for a place to rent for ourselves to live in that is accessible to the 5-bed house we are buying, in which to support ex-offenders. It is proving really tricky and disheartening!…

Next Steps

We are on the move! I will rewind a little… since before Alex and I got married last summer, we have been talking and dreaming about starting a missional community house for ex-offenders, pulling together our combined interests and experiences. Conversations about this accelerated in early June, when we met with a contact of Alex’s,…

Ups and Downs

Dear friends and Easter Greetings, I hope you are managing to enjoy some of the sunshine and easing of lockdown restrictions – meeting in groups of 6 outside is feeling like a lot of freedom! Quite a lot has happened since I last wrote. Most notably, Alex was in hospital for a month from mid-February…

Stars of Hope

Christmas greetings to you all! Firstly, as we near the end of 2020, I would like to thank you for your support this year – in prayer, encouragement and financially. Alex and I both feel hugely blessed by our combined supporters, enabling us to focus our efforts on local mission, continued learning (I’ve had a…

Making Home in Northolt

Greetings friends, I’m writing from Alex and my new home on the Racecourse Estate in Northolt, where we are enjoying married life! We are renting a 2-bedroom flat with a garden (in which we got married in July) which is pat of a church building. Apart from the daily blue lights and sirens on the…

Lockdown Blessings

Dear friends, I was refreshing my memory of what I wrote in my blog post two months ago, and was struck by my prayer request at the end, where I wrote: “Alex and I have a lot of change and uncertainty on the horizon, which is both exciting as well as a little anxiety-inducing! We’d…

Engaged and on a Mission

Greetings friends, I expect you have already heard my biggest piece of news since I last wrote – Alex and I got engaged! I’d love to fill you in on some of our journey, and we invite you to join and support us, particularly in our exploration of mission and where we sense God is…

‘Is’ or ‘are’?

Greetings friends, I appreciate having some time on this wet and windy evening to sit down and reflect on the last few months, and get something down in the form of a blog post. It dawned on me the other day how easy it is for me take your support for granted, especially now that…

The Time is Now

Greetings! I began writing some notes about what to include in my next blog post, such as what I’ve been doing on my course and what’s going on at Yeldall Manor. But before I update you on those things, I’ve decided to designate a post to some thoughts and feelings about our climate crisis, having…

My Unfolding Story

Greetings friends, I’ve been procrastinating writing a blog post since settling back in England, fearing I didn’t have many ‘concrete’ things on which to update you. But after a catch up with my course tutor yesterday, I realise I have rather a lot upon which to reflect over the last few months! Of particular note…