Donkey antics

My wife apparently overheard a couple of our donkeys today after they’d finished mowing the grass: Puck: ‘I thought you said you’d rung the doorbell.’ Othello: ‘I did but you know what they’re like, they always take forever to answer!’ #newrevs #thoughtsfromswallowbarn

First Baptism

Such a privilege to do my first baptism this morning πŸ’œAnother amazing milestone on my faith journey. Evening prayer at my favourite spot on Old Sawood Lane to round off the day. #eveningprayer #newrevs #baptism #thoughtsfromswallowbarn

Top of the world

Amazing views from the top of the tower at St Michael’s in Haworth today! The view is towards Cross Roads, at the other end of the benefice. Helped to wind the clock too! #newrev #haworth #thoughtsfromswallowbarn

Evening prayer

That this evening may be holy, good and peaceful, let us pray with one heart and mind. #silentwalking #eveningprayer #newrev #thoughtsfromswallowbarn

Day 7 (already!)

Lovely welcome bring and share lunch today and great to get into my parish office too. Some comfy chairs required but the basics in place. Wonderful to have a base! #newrev #ordainedlife #thoughtsfromswallowbarn

Day 5

My first rest day in new Deacon mode. A rest from work but worn out after two long walks in the beautiful South Pennine countryside. I did put lots of suncream on for the second walk but still burnt – hope the aftersun works over night! #newrev #ordainedlife #thoughtsfromswallowbarn

Day 2

How about this for a vestry window?! Blessed to attend my first praise and worship service at St Gabriel’s in Stanbury tonight, one of the three churches in my two parishes. First Initial Ministerial Education session in Leeds this morning. #newrev #thoughtsfromswallowbarn


So proud of my 3 girls! Couldn’t have got this far on the journey without you. Getting used to being Reverend Anthony! πŸ˜ŽπŸ™πŸ’œ#newrevs #smclife #thoughtsfromswallowbarn


Overwhelmed by the kindness, love, care and generosity I have received in the last 24 hours. Thank you everyone. Such an amazing privilege. #newrevs #smclife #thoughtsfromswallowbarn