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lessons as a roving yorkshire vicar

My lessons as a roving Yorkshire vicar – Matt Woodcock

A FEW years ago, on the cusp of training to become a Church of England minister, I attended a Sunday morning service in a lovely part of Yorkshire.

It was a glorious morning and I looked forward to giving thanks to God for the gift of being alive.

About an hour later, I walked out of that gloomy church feeling like my good mood had been sucked out of me by one of those happiness-devouring Dementor characters from the Harry Potter books.


It was grim.

Read the full Article on The Yorkshire Post

Male Fertility by Matt Woodcock

Matt on

fertility struggles

Why I prayed for my testicles

When vicar Matt Woodcock was told that his sperm count was too low, he felt that part of his masculinity had been stolen

Matt Woodcock … ‘I still wince at the memory of the sperm donation room.’

Asking a roomful of people to pray for my testicles was a turning point in our journey towards having children. In the dark days of our childlessness and IVF treatment, my wife, Anna, and I began to seek every intercession we could lay our hands on. Then there were the prayers who actually did lay on hands. Although thankfully not directly on the affected area.

Read the full Article on The Guardian

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