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.|
I prefer the quizzes on TV where they give you three possible answers and you have to choose which one of the three is correct. I am surprised how many times I get it right not because I know the answer, but because I read the question which contains a clue that links to the answer.
On other occasions I think I haven’t got a clue but when I read the options, I find the answer because I know which two are wrong. Knowing what is wrong, shows me what is right. It is easy to say I don’t know when in fact we do. I’m sure we all know much more than we think we know.
When asked where I was educated, I answer the” University of Life.” I identify with Kipling when he wrote: I keep six honest serving men, they taught me all I knew, their names are What and Why and When and How and Where and Who.
I first came across them reading a book about the New Testament in the Bible. I think it was the same book that went on to point out that many of those books were written as answers to problems the early church experienced so the challenge when studying is What’s the question?
You could say life is like socks. We have questions and answers matching them up is the hard thing., but then as Jesus said, Seek and you will find! Learning from other’s mistakes is wisdom!
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