Grains of Sand

Father David Beresford has been the interim rector at St. Martha’s since 2020. He was previously Interim Rector at St. Barnabas and before that, he was Rector of the Church of the Redeemer, Springfield, Pa.

Father David lives in Wilmington with his wife Ruth, who is also a priest. He has two grown children, Thomas and Julian, who live in England and two stepchildren, Matt and Sarah. For relaxation he enjoys music, reading, walking, golf, conversation, and friendship.

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The Benedictine monk Augustine Hooey was a teacher, confessor and spiritual director in the Church of England. He led retreats and taught in schools and churches, working well into his nineties (he died in 2017, a few months short of his 102nd birthd...

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“Catch a falling star an’ put it in your pocket,  Never let it fade away!” Perry Como’s song hit the airwaves in 1957, and this week I found myself singing a variation of it as I walked along the leaf strewn paths of Brandywine Creek...

Many of us have spent the best part of our lives going to church, but what is “church” exactly, and why do we go? There are many ways of describing ‘church”, but in my understanding, church is a place where the community of faith gather......