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.|
Yesterday we felt we wanted a change of scenery, “Let’s go for a walk around Tarn Hows”. Before we got to the motorway, the Sat Nav informed us there was a hold up between junctions 33 and 34 on the M6. So we decided to use the A6, no deadline to keep, better scenery and a better chance of getting a space in the car park.
We got there, there was a space in the car park and it was not too busy around the tarn with benches free to sit and enjoy the view and an ice cream before returning home! Not quite a perfect day though, the narrow lanes! Very narrow lanes, ten minutes before we could get passed one van! Linda unable to look as we squeezed our way along a further two miles of twist and turns - a nightmare!
The journey of life is not straight forward. Without a clear destination how do we know where we are going? Obstacles on the way require us to trust our judgement, draw on experience as we make decisions and so often it involves others, for the journey of life is not lived in isolation but in community.
None of us are sure of the future, the return to school and work are this week’s milestones on our journey out of the nightmare that is Covid. When Jesus said I am the way, the truth and the life He offered a destination and tour guide, for He travels with us.
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