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15th January 2015


In a moment of stillness, maybe having done yesterday’s thought again, know that God is near. The light of the world, the eternal God from beyond our knowing is here with us.

The wise-ones gave a gift of gold to the light of the world. As they give it, they acknowledged that they were in the presence of one who was above and beyond all worldly concepts of kingship. They gave gold representing that we need to give to God what has generously been given to us.

What is most precious to you?

Simon Crook – Assistant Curate, Huddersfield Parish Church.

“What a Wonderful life.”

Wednesday 24th December 2014

Christmas-Eve last year I spent the morning at Elland Ritz cinema watching “What a Wonderful life.” It was not the first time I had seen the film but it was the first time viewing it on a big screen. For a small picture house it was full, not a spare seat. What a fantastic story which ends with a Christmas scene.

A man who sacrifices so much during his life and when bad time come along, he wishes he wasn’t even born. The result so many other lives are changed, ruin beyond his understanding. His guardian angel gets his wing by helping him recognise the influence on the lives of other people.

What influence are you on others? In a season of good will what is your gift to those you love?

Rev’d Canon Simon Moor, Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church

Real Gift.

Tuesday 23rd December 2014

What is your favourite Christmas carol? What do you find yourself humming to yourself? Which ‘musac’ turns your smile into a frown as you hear it for the umpteenth time around town?

A close friend of mine who died recently always wanted to sing ‘Christian Awake, salute the happy morn’, at Midnight Mass. I would tell him, I preferred to sing it when folk were actually out of bed and it was morning. It traditionally sung by the Huddersfield Choral Society before their seasonable rendition of ‘Handel’s Messiah’. The hymn book version though has six long verses to tackle. My friend had to make do with three verses!

My favourite words though are from the carol ‘In the Bleak Mid-Winter’.

“What can I give Him poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb.
If I were a wise man I would do my part.
But what can I give him – Give my heart!”

Amongst the last minute madness, just ask what is life about, what would God want of you? Giving something of real substance to another. You always know when you have tasted the real gift for someone.

Rev’d Canon Simon Moor, Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church

A Change is as Good as a Rest.

Thursday 11th December 2014

Christmas afternoon my family and I often go out for a walk, to clear the cob-webs off, to walk a little of the turkey dinner off and to see how many Christmas bicycle and/or jumpers we can see.

Doing something different can be quite refreshing and stimulating. It is said, “A change is as good as a rest.”

Do something different this season. Visit someone, smile more often, be more generous with your time. Anyone of these could make someone’s Christmas, on the day or the weeks leading up to the big day.

“Give and you will receive,” is a saying only really understood by those who give regularly and often.

Oh what a virus to catch this winter.

Rev’d Canon Simon Moor, Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church


Saturday 6th December 2014

The simplest of presents cost little!

I had the privilege of visiting a certain very well-to-do and quite independent lady who always gave off a sense of lonely isolation.

The week before Christmas, for a number of years I would bake mince pies for the coming season and take her a plate withe half a dozen of these pastries to her house. She confided in me that this gift meant so much to her, hand made, they had take time to make and were personal.

Giving is about cost, but not necessarily about money. The cost of caring is beyond the money we spend and personal effort, putting yourself out is worth more than and expensive gift.

Why not be inspired to visit someone over Christmas. Just call in on a neighbour or telephone someone you know to be alone.

The present is in your presence!

Rev’d Canon Simon Moor, Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church

Go Away?

Wednesday 3rd December 2014

BOGOFF – in my day was a not so polite way of asking someone to go away. Nowadays it means ‘Buy One Get One Free’.

Here is a simple Christmas challenge. When you are somewhere that is a BOGOFF offer and you take two for the price of one. Take a small detour and visit the welcome centre on Lord Street. Let them use the ‘freebie’ in there work. An odd bottle of shampoo or tin of beans may not be a huge offering, but it is significant.

Mother Theresa said, “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop”.

Your gift is part of the ocean of need this Christmas.

Rev’d Canon Simon Moor, Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church


As ever, we were giving away free gifts at the Great Yorkshire Show this year. We fish for people’s interest by giving them something physical. We are able to start conversations and to guide people to look at the display within Church on Show Pavilion. To rest a while, to look a little and maybe to be challenged.

Every church would be for if we gave £20 notes away each Sunday. People would probably clammer to get into church before a service started. My dad used to talk about people knowing the price of everything and the value of nothing.

Each and every week we try to talk about the free gift that is the grace of God. We are reminded of all that is given through Christ, reminded of the peace available to us and we are reminded of the value that God puts in us.

Value that Mr. Negus!