It’s not quite Easter but fitting that the bluebells are blooming. What a week! My last Holy Week before ordination. That would be an impossible thought to bear if Jesus hadn’t made that sacrifice over 2000 years ago, the sacrifice of dying for us to set us free, allowing us to bloom and declare ‘in God we trust!’ May all my fellow final-year ordinands find the space to bloom as we look towards the end of our courses and await to join the deaconate. #smclife #thoughtsfromswallowbarn via Instagram

My Ember Card

As ordination and admission to Holy Orders approaches at Petertide it’s traditional to send Ember Cards, asking people to pray for the candidate, their family, the priest they will be working and training with in their new churches, and the people of those churches.

I’m mainly sending my Ember Card virtually via this blog in a small attempt to reduce the pressure on the environment. Here it is:

Please pray for all to be admitted
to Holy Orders this Petertide,
among them

Anthony Richard Bennett

to be made Deacon by

The Rt Revd Nick Baines,
Bishop of Leeds

in Wakefield Cathedral
at 3:00 pm
on Saturday 29th June 2019

Please also pray for Anthonyโ€™s family,
for the Revd Peter Mullins,
and the people of the benefice of
Haworth and Cross Roads-cum-Lees,
where Anthony is to serve
as Assistant Curate.

The trees

Wonderful to get out for a stroll this afternoon and visit the trees on Old Sawood Lane. They don’t seem to have changed for the last 20 years ๐Ÿ™‚
#thoughtsfromswallowbarn #silentwalking via Instagram

Silent walking

Wonderful to join the parish Holy Week meditative silent walk this morning to Kildwick Cross. #silentwalking #thoughtsfromswallowbarn via Instagram

Sounds good

A new record for 5K sounds good but running along the flat by the canal is probably cheating! #silentrunning #thoughtsfromswallowbarn via Instagram

Holy Land reflections

Keighley Shared Church, Wednesday 17th April 7.45-9 15pm, including Compline (Night Prayer).

No need to book, just come along to hear my reflections on my recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land, meditate on scripture as we approach Easter, and pray together as we celebrate the beautiful liturgy of Compline (Night Prayer). For further info please email:

CAP Keighley Life Skills course

Our next Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Life Skills Course starts at midday on Thursday 9th May, at the Keith Thompson Centre (KTC) in Braithwaite, Keighley.

On the course, we learn how to stay healthy and make our money go further. The eight-week course is designed to give you confidence and decision-making skills to live well on a budget. We start with lunch every Thursday, and some weeks we have social events too. Email me: or phone/text 07484365310 to book a place on the course.

If you are interested in helping to run the course you could join our team of befrienders. We have some training coming up at midday on Thursday 2nd May. You would be most welcome to come along and find out more.

Further info on the course can be found at:

With blessings, Anthony.

Keighley CAP Life Skills Manager.
Ordinand in the Parish of Keighley.
Phone/text 07484 365310

Animal duty

Me and my very cute mate Puck. On animal duty today with the girls being away ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ’œ #ThoughtsFromSwallowBarn #bransbyhorses #donkeysinthebible via Instagram

Keeping up the pace

Nice run out from Halifax Swimming Pool while small daughter’s doing her synchro. Exactly the same average pace as my last 10k so definitely scope for improvement! #silentrunning #ThoughtsFromSwallowBarn via Instagram

Light breaks forth

Blessed are you, God of compassion and mercy, to you be praise and glory for ever.
In the darkness of our sin, your light breaks forth like the dawn and your healing springs up for deliverance. As we rejoice in the gift of your saving help, sustain us with your bountiful Spirit and open our lips to sing your praise. Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen
#SilentWalking #MorningPrayer #ThoughtsFromSwallowBarn via Instagram