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Priestly Brook articles
Priestly’s guide to officiating at a funeral

No 1 – Keep all phones on silent A young priest was, at short notice, called to a crematorium to conduct a funeral service. The crematorium was many miles away and since he had no sat-nav built into his car, he used his I-phone instead, listening to the audio directions as he drove. The priest […]

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Feefo award Hammond & Harper with Gold Trusted Merchant status

Hammond & Harper of London achieved Gold Trusted Merchant status after providing our customers with superb clerical wear and an excellent customer service in 2014. This award was presented to the business by Feefo, the independent feedback company, who collected hundreds of genuine customer reviews throughout 2014. Feefo confirmed that 98% of H&H customers left […]

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Church growth – to grow or not to grow

  Chocolate Biscuits Years ago, each village in our area had its own co-operative society, and each family had a unique membership number. The society used to pay a dividend in cash to the members twice a year, and in the summer, this dividend was often used by parents to buy their children new clothes […]

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Preparing for Christmas

Preperation is key Have your preparations started for Christmas? Are all of your Advent and Christmas services in the bag? As a minister, I always found that good preparation was key for me, just as it was for my parishioners. One June a few years ago I visited an elderly widow in my parish and […]

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The making of a man

Careers advice In the summer of 1959 careers advice consisted of a two minute meeting in our teacher’s broom cupboard sized office. The conversation lacked enthusiasm on either part but we pushed on regardless. “Have you got a job?” asked the teacher. “No,” came my reply. “Well are you looking for work?” he barked. “Yes,” […]

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Taking a pew – a guide to retirement

Pros and cons In his book, Rules for Reverends, Jeremy Fletcher suggests that before retiring, priests should consider their future by looking carefully at retired clergy around them. “Find a happy one, and ask them how they did it. Start planning the same, for you could be retired a long time!” Those retirees I met […]