Confessions of a Clergy Mummy: not forgetting to remember

We all know that Remembrance Sunday falls within the month of November. Everywhere you look people are sporting poppies: celebrities wearing sparkly ones on Strictly, newsreaders’ poppies are more sedate, members of the Royal British Legion traditional, primary schoolchildren funky on
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Confessions of a Clergy Mummy: Halloween horrors

Halloween is not something that Christians celebrate. Halloween after all is a festival of the dark and encourages children to dabble with the occult. It is also fun and involves lots of sweets. Telling my children that we ‘just don’t do that’, or ‘we are children of God’s light, not
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Confessions of a Clergy Mummy: not another harvest festival!

Before we even started the new school year my brain was re-engaging with the tune for the Paintbox Song, in which broad beans can be found sleeping in their blankety beds. For most families Harvest Festival consists of scrabbling to find a tin or packet from the foodbank list (ensurin
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Confessions of a Clergy Mummy: busman’s holiday

So this is my summer holiday confession: I don’t go to church when I am on holiday. I have tried, but it’s hard to feel you belong when you are just visiting. Sometimes we have found ourselves ignored, and other times we have been wonderfully welcomed, but as soon as I am asked what I
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Confessions of a Clergy Mummy: growing up

There has been a lot of growing up going on in the vicarage lately. This time last year we were parents of two primary school children. Now we have suddenly become the parents of a young woman. Everything changes between July and September, children move on from one class to another,
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Confessions of a Clergy Mummy: surviving the wedding season with a family in tow!

This month my husband and I have celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary. It seems a lifetime since we first met, and actually it’s two – our beautiful daughters! We were one of the first of our combined set of friends to get married, and we knew pretty much nothing about weddings, no
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Clergy Mummy: more to Easter than chocolate

Saturday was glorious! The first day of the Easter holidays and the sun was shining.  The PTA had planned an “Easter Afternoon” (read egg hunt with refreshments and bouncy castle). Oh and a Bake Off. As you can imagine there were lots of beautiful, yummy, chocolatey creati
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Confessions of a Clergy Mummy

Two things I had no intention of becoming: a vicar, and a mother! Having grown up in the Church, I knew much more about the reality of vicarage life than any romanticised version. As for children, I have never really gone gooey over babies who poo, cry, and keep you awake at nightR
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