Sabbatical Plans

Fri, 12/04/2019 - 12:30 -- James Oakley

From the middle of May, I'm taking sabbatical for 3 months. This is something that the Church of England encourages all its ordained ministers to do, somewhere between every 7 and 10 years. It's an opportunity to recharge, to refresh, to wind down, to have new ideas, to study, to rekindle the love for the Lord that so easily fades with the pressures of ministry day-in day-out.

I have a number of things planned.

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Personal Church History

Mon, 25/02/2019 - 10:30 -- James Oakley

It is a great privilege indeed to belong to a Christian church, and so to the Christian church.

This last weekend, I reached the milestone of 10 years serving the churches here in Kemsing and Woodlands, also a great privilege.

That gives me cause to look back on the many churches I have belonged to over the years. Each made its mark in different ways, and the person I am today is undoubtedly shaped by the time spent in those churches.

St Andrew's Turi 1945 Part 4: A Bishop's Sermon

Thu, 15/02/2018 - 12:35 -- James Oakley
St Andrew's School, Turi

On Sunday February 29th, 1948, the Right Reverend the Lord Bishop of Mombasa, preached a sermon in the school chapel of St Andrew's School, Turi, Kenya. According to Wikipedia, the Bishop of Mombasa at the time was the Rt Revd Reginald Percy Crabbe. It does not look like it was the best sermon ever preached, but as a piece of the school's history it is certainly interesting. He made a number of really very good points, that are as relevant today as they were then.

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St Andrew's Turi 1945 Part 1: The Fire

Mon, 15/01/2018 - 10:30 -- James Oakley
Logo of St Andrew's School, Turi

From 1984 to 1988 I was fortunate to attend St Andrew's School, Turi, in the highlands of Kenya. The school had a pleasant climate. At an altitude of c. 8,000 ft, it was often still very warm, but the cooler nights meant that the school had what we used to call "real grass". Contrast much of the lower lying parts of Kenya, where the grass is brown in the dry season and so always has a wiry texture. The school aimed for an admission that was a third African, a third European and a third Asian, making for a thoroughly cosmopolitan education.

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On the move

Sun, 02/11/2008 - 14:55 -- James Oakley

Now everything is formally announced, I can post this on here.

We're delighted to announce that, subject to the usual Diocesan procedures, we will be moving to the village of Kemsing in Kent sometime next year. I'll be taking up the post of Priest in Charge of two churches: St Mary's Kemsing and St Mary's Woodlands in the Diocese of Rochester.

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