Posts by Simon Large

Posts by Simon Large

The Beacons in Winter

James Bessant Davies’ drone photography has made it onto the front page of the BBC News website. Stunning views over the snow-clad hills with not a soul in sight.

The Climb – St Ed’s Youth 2020

A team of 4 of us (Izzy, Molly, Youbab and Suzanne) have accepted the challenge of “The Climb” for Tearfund. We will each be climbing Mount Snowdon (3650′) virtually – 475 flights of stairs. We hope to “meet” on the summit on Saturday November 14th (the Night of the Tearfund Big Quiz!). There will be more information on the Telusk programme. Please do sponsor us to help meet the urgent needs of those in poverty, made worse at the moment, struggling to… [Continue Reading]

Reflections on Morning Prayer – Week 19

How can we consider the contents of the whole of the Old Testament within a short reflection? There’s clearly no space for a book-by-book commentary, but here are some headings relating to the themes contained in it, which prepare the way for God’s full revelation of his plan of redemptive love through Jesus Christ, as recorded in the New Testament. The account in the first chapter of Genesis of God’s perfect creation God saw all that he had made, and… [Continue Reading]
Canterbury Cathedral, the miraculous draft of fishes

Pushing the Boundaries

This morning’s Gospel reading is Luke 5.1-11, the story of the miraculous catch and the calling of the first disciples. John’s Gospel doesn’t have this story but there is a remarkable parallel right at the end. After the resurrection, after they’ve met with Jesus several times, Peter decides to go and fish. Afterwards Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee. It happened this way: Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee,… [Continue Reading]

Daily Hope

This is a new free service from the Church of England, providing spiritual nourishment for those who don’t have easy access to the internet. Please pass this number on to anyone you feel may benefit from it. 0800 804 8044 You can also download the poster and print a copy for friends.
A bluetooth beacon

Church History Online

As part of the extensive programme of renovations we have installed a ‘beacon’ system in the church, giving our visitors a flavour of the history of St Edmund’s on their smartphone, if they choose to install the LiveBeacons app. These small beacons are placed near points of interest in the church, and as you move around and get within range of a beacon, the app pops up a web page giving you all the information about that item. Having an… [Continue Reading]
West door from outside

New West Door

St Edmund’s has a new west door, the main entrance to the church. Apart from being a lot more draught-proof, these door let visitors see into our warm and welcoming church, without standing in trepidation, wondering what lies behind the forbidding, dark, solid wood doors we used to have. We are very grateful to the Friends of St Edmund’s for the generous donation that made this possible.

Grave of great innovator restored

The Friends of St Edmund’s Church have restored the grave of a former rector, the Rev Boscawen Somerset who did much to shape both the church and the facilities in the town. The rector served the parish from 1874 until his death in 1893 and inspired the parishioners to give generously towards some important projects that continue to influence life in Crickhowell today. The Friends of St Edmund’s were led to the idea of restoring the Rev Boscawen’s grave by… [Continue Reading]

Pray for Beach Missions

Beach missions are taking place all over the UK and in fact all over the world. Please pray for their work as they take this opportunity to reach out to people on holiday. Here are some prayer points to focus on: Freedom and wisdom. Pray that authorities will resist calls to silence the church outside places of worship, and pray for wisdom for those speaking at missions that they will be sensitive and that they will be given the right… [Continue Reading]