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S T O R I E S : hope and transformation
During Covid lockdown there have appeared on our service web-pages several stories each month read by Paul Heppleston.
This page collects them all together in one place, under various headings. They are all audio files,
to be listened to, not written text. The sources and timings are given together with a one-sentence description of each. Others will be added from time to time.
Some have appeared as read-only files on the Reflections page of this website.
For each one there is a rough time-duration and a one-sentence description of the theme of the story.
They are grouped in themes as far as possible and all are written by PH except where noted.
Current Themes are :
The natural world
Tales of the unexpected
New stories for Autumn/Winter21 / 22 (marked NEW or with date added) can be found in the 'Others' section below...
New stories added 04/01/2022
My fair isle
The old man
The well - 1.5 mins
Life after delivery - 4 mins
January and the future 4.5 mins
Jesse, the bomb and the organist - in Tales of the unexpected
26/11/21 (All in COP section)
Walking to COP
Walking from COP
Walking for COP
Capel Soar y Mynydd
Always leave the light on (4 mins)
A story of homecoming (from Rob Parsons)
David and the desert Fathers (13 mins)
One vocation to the hermit life
God comes close... (2 mins)
...in new ways and at unexpected times
Making the kiss work (3 mins)
A story of twisted love (from Rob Parsons)
Covid reflections (3.5 mins)
Wisdom on ‘waiting’ from an Orcadian minister.
One man's search for God
Living with fear (4.5 mins)
Remembering my need for trustfulness on the Greenland icecap.
Pattings (1.5 mins)
How modern devices take us home. But what is ‘home’?
Penalty area communion (3.5 mins)
The wonder of communion in a novel setting.
Three short poems (2 mins)
Finding God in unexpected places.
Eddie Askew (3 mins)
The good things he created came out of struggle. Be prepared to fail.
Mark and the dance (3.5 mins)
How a disabled man was encouraged to blossom, rather than being ignored.
Jaime’s story (5 mins)
The ups and downs of a Bolivian urchin who was accepted by a church pastor.
Mixtures (3.5 mins)
We’re made of a myriad of bits. Including what’s important - and what’s not.
Identity (3 mins)
What (and who) makes us who we are.
Belonging (3 mins)
Exploring the idea of ‘home’.
Origins (4.5 mins)
"Where d'you come from?"
Conflict (3.5 mins)
Ideas on how to cope....in many circumstances.
Care (3.5 mins) Coping with not feeling loved.
Arnold (4.5 mins)
The story of an iconic New Zealand character who proclaimed the gospel just by being himself.
The answer (2.5 mins)
A story including some of John Bell’s words on ‘priorities’.
In Absentia (4 mins)
A sense of ‘place...’
3rd November 2020 (2 mins)
A short reflection on the USA election
The Rowan tree (5 mins)
Are mistakes possible?
Big Bang No. 2 (2 mins)
The release of heavenly power
Where are our deepest desires (5 mins)
They're in a secret place and you know it....
T A L E S O F T H E
U N E X P E C T E D
Kintsukuroi (3.5 mins)
A Japanese story of 'beauty from broken-ness'.
The Bank Manager in white (6 mins)
Singing? Not quite what you'd expect at all....
On Lambeth Bridge 2019 (6 mins)
Challenged by God - and the Police
Belton (8 mins)
A story spanning 33 years with an unexpected ending
Jesse, the bomb and the organist
(11 mins) NEW 1/12/20
70 years a-wandering and wondering
C H R I S T M A S
This section starts with four Christmas stories from Orkney.
Christmas Card Star (14 mins)
A story by Harry Berry from Hoy about a Christmas stranger
[Three by George Mackay Brown (GMB)]
Miss Tait... (5 mins) GMB
The power of Christmas transformation in Rousay
The box of fish (6 mins) GMB
Orkney December priorities for four old men and a boy...
The Christmas Horse (9 mins) GMB
One peedie boy's Christmas - long ago.
The Fourth Wise Man (3 mins)
An imaginary reminiscence from a Welsh writer
Christmas Children (2 mins)
Christmas priorities of Children and adults - a true story from near Glasgow.
T H E N A T U R A L W O R L D
The ice flower (2.5 mins)
The beauty of flowering in the most challenging circumstances.
O.O.O. (6 mins)
How a bird taught me about how God knows me intimately.
The Oystercatcher & the wind (5 mins)
How the presence of an Oystercatcher told me about the Holy Spirit
Grass Moths (4.5 mins)
The significance of the apparently insignificant.
Heaven – maybe (7.5 mins)
Inspiration from stars on a dark winter night in the wildness of western Scotland
Walking to COP (15 mins) added 22/11
Peace and challenge in Glasgow Nov. 2021
Walking from COP (8 mins) added 22/11
Unexpected journeying and arriving
Walking for COP (9 mins) added 22/11
Joining a global movement 'on the march'.
Capel Soar y Mynydd (10 mins) added 27/10
A timeless look at an iconic and very remote chapel in the wilds of mid-Wales
Greenland God (9 mins) added 27/10
Discovering God in a wilderness area of West Greenland
Celtic Origins (6 mins) added 27/10
Exploring the origins of Celtic Spirituality
Trusting (1 min) added 9/11/21
How a 2-year-old teaches us about the Kingdom.
Social distancing (3 mins) added 9/11/21
Social and Spiritual Distancing – their relevance today.
Refugees (3 mins) added 9/11/21
A powerful poem of two attitudes...
Ubuntu (3 mins.) added 1/12/21
Children - our teachers...
The World-wide-web (3 mins.) added 1/12/21
WWW - More than you think
My fair isle (7 mins) NEW 04/01/22
Watching heaven from the sea
The old man (2 mins) NEW 04/01/22
Seeing Jesus in an unexpected place (again).
The well (1.5 mins) NEW 04/01/22
A well shows us how to touch eternity
Life after delivery (4 mins) NEW 04/01/22
A tale of the unexpected (or maybe not...)
January and the future (4.5 mins)
A starting point for new life