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A Year of Uncertainty
Starting with our move to South Kensington and ending with Sue's Dad being diagnosed with cancer, 2007 has been a year full of uncertainty...

We've enjoyed exploring our new neighbourhood, with Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park just a 10 minute walk one way, the Thames and Battersea Park a 20 minute walk the other way.

Albert Bridge
The Albert Bridge - our nearest bridge over the Thames, seen here from Battersea Park.

We've rediscovered our bikes for cycling around the parks and along the river. But sadly, we have no garden of our own; South Kensington may be more salubrious than Yiewsley, but we’d both gladly trade the location for our own garden.

Education & Training
In March Sue was licensed as the Kensington Area's Director of Deanery Licensed Ministers. Since then there has been significant restructuring of theological education in the Diocese. During the the year, NTMTC (North Thames Ministerial Training Course) joined with St Paul's Theological Centre to form a new institution, St Mellitus College. Sue expects to work more closely with them but precise details remain unclear.

In September the first three DLM students began their training for ordination with STETS (Southern Theological Education Training Scheme). Sue thoroughly enjoys working with them all.

Studies and Swimming
The first Summer School of Sue's DMin at Durham was busy but inspiring. It's now a case of keep on working for the next four years! She spent the rest of the summer editing and producing teaching materials on the Old Testament for both STETS and NTMTC. She also had a week of swimming lessons which has improved her front and back crawl no end and made swimming so much easier!

Preaching and Presiding
As the year progressed Sue began to get invitations to preach and occasionally preside at churches around the Kensington Area. If you're curious, you can find some of her sermons online at Discovering the variety of parishes during the year has been fascinating, although we miss belonging to a church family and Sue misses planning and leading liturgy through the year.

A busy year for Phil: a presentation entitled ‘The Internet Revolution’ at CBC, the Christian Booksellers Convention; joining the committee of the Booksellers Association's Christian Booksellers Group; more articles for Christian Marketplace magazine as well as endless book reviews; and a bumper month at the LST Bookshop at the start of the new academic year in October.

20 Years!
At the end of October we celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary with a trip to Kew Gardens to see the Henry Moore statues. With most of Sue's responsibilities occurring during the daytime, this year we've been able to spend more time together, especially in the evenings and at weekends.

Late July saw us exploring the Aylesbury Arm of the Grand Union for the first time... found a very pleasant pub at the end for a Sunday roast! Then in September Phil took Almost into dry dock, timed just right to emerge with a sleek and shiny black hull on his birthday.

November Nightmare
We thought Sue's Dad had had a funny reaction to his flu jab when he spent most of the time asleep. But then he had trouble speaking so we presumed a minor stroke. The NHS hurried into action and diagnosed cancer in his brain and lungs. The prognosis is poor so we've been spending as much time in Cheltenham as we can during November & December. As we write (early December) he faces a week of radiotherapy. Employers, colleagues and friends have all been very understanding and supportive. Please pray for the whole family...

Peace to you

As always, this comes with our love, best wishes for Christmas
and our prayers for peace in the year ahead,
Phil & Sue

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