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Chaplaincy at Canterbury Christ Church

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. (Galatians 4:4-5)

If God exists, and I write as one who believes God does, then God must be utterly different from us. Yes, I know that according to the Book of Genesis in the Bible we humans are ‘made in the image and likeness of God’, yet if God is the source of all things then God…
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“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us) – Matthew 1:23

As we’re drawing closer to Christmas, it’s beginning to look more and more like this year, yet again, won’t be the ‘normal’ Christmas we were hoping for. The majority of us will have started working from home again this week following new government guidance and wondering just where we’re heading with this new variant. It…
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Advent 1.

This week’s verse comes from the Prophet Isaiah, from those great verses that foreshadow the coming of Christ ‘In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord,    make straight in the desert a highway for our God……’ Strangely this is one of my favourite verses in the Bible. It is a verse that is always…
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The Importance of Remembrance.

Dr Martin Watts. School of Humanities and Educational Studies. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th Month in 1918, the guns fell silent as an Armistice was declared that ended the immediate sacrifice and slaughter of the First World War. This was also known as the Great War, up to then…
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Vocations mean more than jobs!

Sunday the 3rd May 2020 was vocations Sunday. The point in the church’s year where we all stop to think about our vocations in the light of our Christian beliefs. For our Roman Catholic brothers and sisters’ vocations Sunday is a more significant event. Minsters and monasteries traditionally open their doors to the faithful that…
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Thoughts from the Isolation Sofa V

The sermons of Hope…. For approximately the last three years, my academic work has evolved around examining sermons from the 18th and 19th century. These sermons provide a unique insight into the time they were written. From the series of Lenten sermons given in Lombard Street by the Christian Socialists in the 19th century, to…
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Thoughts from the isolation sofa IV

The Church has left the building, but God has not left the Church. I will confess that this week has been particularly difficult. It has brought the ravages of Covid-19 in its complete unadulterated nastiness too close to my desk for me to feel comfortable or untouched.  Although we are all healthy, sadly that cannot…
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Thoughts from the isolation sofa III

I don’t want to forget.………. How are you this week? I hope that you have all taken time to get use to the ‘new normal’. We are aware as a Chaplaincy team that new normal has meant increased workload; financial pressures; worries over food and heightened concerns for family and friends for many people. Please…
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Student Vlog


Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity (Ps 133) One of the pleasures of being involved in HE chaplaincy is the joy, during term time at least, of living in community with one another. A way of being that has been at the heart of Christianity since…
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