Revd Steve Cooper
As Team Rector I have overall responsibility for the Fellside Team and work with Garry, Susan and Delphine to support the work of our parishes. Day to day I have responsibility for St Lawrence, Barton; St Eadmer, Bleasdale and St Mary, Goosnargh.
I'm also Ex-Officio Foundation Governor at Goosnargh Oliverson's School.
Once a member of the boat crew, these days I remain Chaplain of Fleetwood Lifeboat.
Baker, sailor, no candle-stick maker
copper, scientist, care-worker who's
been a priest, teacher, chaplain, now Rector
husband, dad, lifeboatman too!
What that makes me, I know not, do you?
Favourite Thoughts ....
God is more interested in where we are going than where we've been.
'Metanoia' - I may foul up, but with God's help I can change!
Chocolate is God's sign he/she wants us to be happy.
‘Lift is created by the onward rush of life over the curved wing of soul’, Robert Macfarlane.
'These are my principles, if you don't like them I have others', Groucho Marx.
'An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind', Gandhi.
'Mercy and truth are met together, righteousness and peace have kissed', Psalm 85
‘Only this is required of you: to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God', Micah 6.8
'Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength, and your neighbours as yourself,'
Jesus (Mark 12.30)
‘I give you a new commandment: love one another as I have loved you’, Jesus (John 13.34)
‘Pray for those who need to forget the God they do not believe in, that they might meet God who believes in them’, Iona
"Light up the Fire ...."
When I was a child we had a bonfire place in the garden, in part to deal with the garden waste, but also because on a Saturday we’d quite often have tea around the bonfire .....
"Vision and Money"
Vision and money often go together – to do new things often costs money, though not always. It’s easy to be so caught up in the bottom line that we forget to look to see what the money we commit achieves – and sometimes things we commit ourselves to don’t cost as much as we think .....
"New Year's Resolution? ...."
While I was writing Christmas cards I had to deal with some questions about Regular Weekly Attendees – the count that we do in October on which Parish Share is based. If you didn’t get a card, my apologies and a belated Happy Christmas!
"Sustaining, Inspiring, Thriving ...."
While preparing our young people for Confirmation, we’ve been talking about what enables us to thrive and grow as people, people made in the image of God ...
"Seeing round corners ....."
It’s often said that it is just as well that we can’t see around the corner about what is coming down the road towards us ...