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The eleventh hour

Just over six years ago, I was praying in a garden in Italy one morning and the phrase, ‘it’s the eleventh hour’, came quite suddenly to me. It is not often that I get a strong impression that the Lord is saying something, but this was one of them. My

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Little Gidding Church

Little Gidding (2)

In my post earlier today, I described how Little Gidding, the home of the Ferrar family in the 17C, remains a powerful symbol and inspiration to those of us seeking to live a life of prayer, community and service in our own time. However, although scholars of English church history

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Little Gidding (1)

Today, the Church of England commemorates the life of Nicholas Ferrar (1592-1637) as a ‘minor festival’. Nicholas Ferrar was a scholar and businessman, briefly an MP, and a deacon in the Church of England. He was a close friend of the poet and hymn writer, George Herbert. In 1626, having

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Seeds of Prayer – November & December 2020

Hope for the Countryside’s ‘Seeds of Prayer’ for November 2020 and December 2020 are available here and here. November’s Seeds was delayed until after our two online prayer gatherings at the beginning of the month, so it could reflect some of the content of those meetings. December’s Seeds focuses especially on

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Covid-19. A door of hope?

The article below was first published April 2020 in the Spring 2020 issue of Village Link, in the early days of  the Covid pandemic; its summarises many of the themes I have explored in greater depth in other articles. With the ‘second-wave’ of the pandemic well underway and as England

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