Category Archives: Ministry Team Blog

1642: King or Parliament – it was one or the other then, let’s not make it binary now by Revd. Alex Pease

This article first appeared in Itchen Valley News October 2019 October 2019.  When you read this, we are either staring in the face of leaving the European Union at Halloween or something has intervened to extend the deadline or even … Continue reading

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Unbelievable?

As many of you know, Lucy and I have just returned from a holiday in the United States and we have had a wonderful time.  But one the things which struck me about the US (and this will not come … Continue reading

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Dying Well by Revd Alex Pease

This article first appeared in the March 2019 edition of Itchen Valley News “You are the best granny a girl could want.  I love you so much”.  These were the last words that my mother in law, Cherry Slater, read … Continue reading

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Letter from the Rectory December 2018 by Revd Alex Pease

Letter from the Rectory December 2018 This letter first appeared in the December edition of Itchen Valley News As I write this letter, I am still rather reeling from the emotional overload of Remembrance Sunday this year.  The film They … Continue reading

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God Pod – enjoy theology with a cup of coffee in the garden

I thought that you might enjoy this.  The God Pod is a series of podcasts (normally just audio but this one is video as well) in which Graham Tomlin, Mike Lloyd and  Jane Williams talk on theological subjects sent in … Continue reading

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What a busy week…..

My goodness what a busy week!  Sunday early morning BCP followed by Valley Worship and football, Monday Little Rainbows, Midday Prayers, Monday Group and extensive post holiday meetings with Beccy, then train to London to see Steve Brine speaking in … Continue reading

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National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast 2018

This morning I attended the annual National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast at Westminster Hall (part of the Houses of Parliament) organised and hosted by Christians in Parliament All Party Parliamentary Group at the kind invitation of Steve Brine, our MP and … Continue reading

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Letter to our Itchen Valley Neighbours by Revd Alex Pease

Dear Neighbours, Then there was one!  From one full time Rector, two curates and two licensed lay ministers to just one part time Rector and one licensed lay minister in the space of a couple of years; there have been … Continue reading

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HTB Focus 2017 talks now available

If you were interested in my post about HTB Focus HTB Focus Post and want to see the talks they are here. Unfortunately you now have to pay a small amount for each one.  I can however really recommend Graham Tomlin, … Continue reading

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HTB Focus, Stewards’ Trust Houseparties and a taste of Heaven

Of course, it used to be sunny and warm in July and August and I guess that’s why we British are stuck in a cultural warp of organising all our outside events during these months.  And I did feel for … Continue reading

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West Wing dramas and transforming the world

This article appeared first in the March edition of Itchen Valley News In the final weeks of the US Presidential Campaign in 2016 Lucy and I were watching the final series in the US TV drama West Wing.  It was … Continue reading

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Itchen Valley News December 2016

Letter from the Rectory by Revd. Alex Pease This letter first appeared in the December 2016 edition of Itchen Valley News During the month of December we enter the period of the church year called Advent.  It is a period … Continue reading

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A pilgrimage to the Christian garbage dump of Cairo by Sarah Shirley

CAVE CHURCHES OF MOKATTAM, CAIRO by Sarah Shirley On a recent visit to Egypt with my brother to visit my daughter, we had the opportunity to see the cave churches of Mokattam on the outskirts of Cairo Below the Mokattam … Continue reading

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The Brexit Phoney War – an opportunity to bury the hatchet by Revd Alex Pease

September 1939 to May 1940 was a strange period in our history, when war had been declared by Britain against Germany, but no substantial military action had begun on the Western Front.  The decision had been taken, we were at … Continue reading

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A week of worship in the Cotswolds

Lucy, and our daughter Marina and I have just come back from a week’s retreat in the Costwolds. For the last 14 years we have been attending a week long family house party on the site of a school near … Continue reading

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