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About Stephen

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Stephen and his wife Linda live in Kirkham and for 13 years Stephen managed the Face To Face Homelessness Charity merging it into Fylde Coast YMCA some ten years ago.  As Housing Director at the YMCA, Stephen was responsible for developing various community projects including The Credit Union and Fylde Counselling Service. 
Reflecting on his former appointments in East London and Newcastle-on-Tyne of working as Methodist Minister, Hospital Chaplain and part time tutor with the Urban Theology Unit in Sheffield, Stephen is clearly committed to encouraging individuals and communities to be honest about their hopes and needs and finding how faith in God can help them be met in Body, Mind and Spirit.

Stephen is our Minister but is already known to us and well known on the Fylde Coast having lived and worked in Fylde for 18 years and prior to that he was a Minister in Blackpool.

Stephen's Message

What time is it? During the last 100 days we have measured time differently. Those significant points in each day when the alarm goes off, children to school, leave for work, meetings, lunch appointments, fitness class …… disappeared for many people. There was work - from home, schooling at home, seeing the family and friends at home on Zoom. Many of us have struggled to know what day of the week it is because we are lost without the fixed points in life.

Lockdown has changed and is changing more than our diaries. People have lost their identity as work roles have been suspended, changed or lost. We know we are so much more than a uniform, job title or qualification, for work gives us so much more than money, important as it is.

As people return to work, leave the security of their homes, as restrictions are eased it is time to remember what and who is important, to continue to balance work, personal and me time. To keep safe in body, mind and spirit. So what time is it, time to pray!

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever. Amen.

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