Tim Buckley

Priest in Charge Loves church pioneering, family, guitars, Macs, jeeps and Jesus, not necessarily in that order...

As the clocks go back…

With the clocks having gone back at the end of October, darkness falls so much earlier now. Those long summer days, when it was still light at 10pm, seem very distant and even with lasting mild weather, there’s an increasing chill in the air as win


The highest selling book of all time…

Each year in the month of October, on the last Sunday of the Trinity season before we start counting down to Advent, churches the length and breadth of the country celebrate the Bible on what has become traditionally known as, ‘Bible Sunday’ R


The body of Christ in action

By the time you are reading this edition of our monthly parish news, I should be winging my way back from Sri Lanka with my family after spending 2 weeks visiting our new Parish mission partners, Jeremie, Isabel, their daughter Kristen, their church


Love conquers fear

As many of you know, last month saw me step into the role of chaplain to Bath’s new Mayor, Ian Gilchrist, for the next year. The civic service which took place in the Abbey, marked the swearing in of the 790th Mayor and followed a civic procession,


What are your priorities?

Recently a few of us from St Matt’s attended a fabulous leadership conference in London and were privileged to stay in a small town-house in Kensington. I always forget how relentlessly busy and vibrant London is, but what most immediately struck m


St Matt’s Regeneration Project

St Matthew’s is one of two churches that make up Widcombe Benefice, along with the Parish Church of St Thomas a Becket. It is the largest church space in Bath save for Bath Abbey – seating some 500 in the main sanctuary with space to seat


Worship is the voice of hope

As April turns to May, plans for our wonderful new Wyvern Cantata 226 replacement organ at St Thomas à Becket move a step closer. Much of the money has already been raised (although any donations to help conclude our fundraising will be greatly appr


Confidence is a strange thing…

Muhammad Ali famously once said, “I don’t think it’s bragging to say I’m something special.” Of course to be fair, history somewhat proved him right. But what about other sports stars who seem to go from the heights of glory to the depths o


Ashes and stardust

I grew up attending non-conformist churches that didn’t engage much with the Christian calendar and thus remained largely unaware of seasons such as Advent, Epiphany and Lent. This has meant that the last few years have been a wonderful learning ex