Calling all Hooky Christians!

It is an interesting static that out of the 2,500 or so folk living in Hook Norton, only around 2% regularly worshipped in the two Christian churches in the village; St Peter's church and the Baptist church, pre-Covid-19 lockdown! According to the 2011 census, 60% of the population identified as Christian, and yet less than 6% regularly attended church at least once a week, if you believe Wikipedia. So using that statistic, I have been wondering, where do the other 4% of Hooky Christians [Read more...]

The need!

This whole thing started when I first took up my ministry at Hook Norton Baptist Church. When I came to the church to preach, years before I was called as pastor, my first impression of the church was very positive; the welcome, the fellowship, their authenticity and their love for God. My impression of the chapel was less positive! The chapel was built in the late 1700s as a simple "meeting room" with an open space on the ground floor and a gallery at the west end of the chapel. It would [Read more...]

Black Lives Matter

I was disgusted and angry over the death of George Floyd in Minnesota on 25th May 2020. He was killed at the knee of a police office using unreasonable force to detain George, and despite George crying out "I can't breathe!" the officer continued to kneel on him for over eight minutes. Another two officers were restraining George with yet another preventing the crowd from intervening. I can understand the anger of the crowd seeing police officers using unreasonable force to restrain a [Read more...]