Archives April 2016

Online Baptism Application Form (with configuration) in WordPress

Keeping my finger on the pulse of the nation, one thing I have noticed recently is the number of people who no longer own a printer… after all, why would you need to print anything out? Like a baptism application form, for example… What is the point of having the forms online if people can’t then send them to you?

The advantages of an electronic version are legion: no misreading of badly written forms, the ability to print them off and/or save them as pdfs so you have a record that can’t be lost, a copy in the mail archive (in Gmail, I never delete messages, except spam and adverts) and an easy solution for people to complete in their own homes.

So, the solution is an online form in itself… 2016-04-28 08-44-04

As our website is (like so many others) in WordPress, I have sought out a free, flexible plugin which does what I need. I am using Contact Form 7 which I found to be a doddle to configure.

Below are the two key scripts you need, one for the form itself and the other for the email you get sent:


<p>Your Name*<br />
 [text* your-name </p>
<p>Your Email*<br />
 [email* your-email </p>
<p>Church*<br />
[checkbox* church exclusive "S. Mary the Virgin, Bickleigh" "S. Edward, Shaugh Prior" "S. Anne, Glenholt" "S. Cecilia, Woolwell"</p>
<p>Preferred Date of Baptism*<br />
 [date* date-baptism</p>
<p>Preferred Time of Baptism* (select from the following)<br />
[select* time-baptism include_blank "In the main service at Mass" "2pm" "4pm" "Other (enter in comments below)"</p>
<p>Child's Date of Birth*<br />
 [date* child-dob</p>
<p>Child's Full Name*<br />
[text* child-christian-name placeholder "christian" [text* child-surname placeholder "surname"</p>
<p>Father's Name*<br />
[text* father-christian-name placeholder "christian" [text* father-surname placeholder "surname"</p>
<p>has Dad been<br />
[checkbox dad-baptised-confirmed "Baptised?" "Confirmed?"</p>
<p>Father's Occupation*<br />
[text* father-occupation</p>
<p>Mother's Name*<br />
[text* mother-christian-name placeholder "christian" [text* mother-surname placeholder "surname"</p>
<p>has Mum been<br />
[checkbox mum-baptised-confirmed "Baptised?" "Confirmed?"</p>
<p>Mother's Occupation*<br />
[text* mother-occupation</p>
<p>Your address*<br />
[textarea* address</p>
<p>Phone number*<br />
[tel* phone</p>
<p>Godparent 1<br />
[text Godparent-1</p>
<p>has Godparent 1 been<br />
[checkbox godparent1-baptised-confirmed "Baptised?" "Confirmed?"</p>
<p>Godparent 2<br />
[text Godparent-2</p>
<p>has Godparent 2 been<br />
[checkbox godparent2-baptised-confirmed "Baptised?" "Confirmed?"</p>
<p>Godparent 3<br />
[text Godparent-3</p>
<p>has Godparent 3 been<br />
[checkbox godparent3-baptised-confirmed "Baptised?" "Confirmed?"</p>
<p>Godparent 4<br />
[text Godparent-4</p>
<p>has Godparent 4 been<br />
[checkbox godparent4-baptised-confirmed "Baptised?" "Confirmed?"</p>
<p>Comment / Notes<br />
[textarea comment

<p>[recaptcha id:verify</p>

<p>[submit "Submit Baptism Form"</p>
The mail template:

From: [your-name <[your-email>
Subject: Roborough Team Ministry Baptism Application Form

Baptism Details:
Church: [church
Date: [date-baptism
Time: [time-baptism

Child Name: [child-christian-name [child-surname 
Child DOB: [child-dob

Father: [father-christian-name [father-surname
Occupation: [father-occupation

Mother: [mother-christian-name [mother-surname
Occupation: [mother-occupation

Contact Details: [address
Phone: [phone
eMail: [your-email

Godparent 1: [Godparent-1 [godparent1-baptised-confirmed
Godparent 1: [Godparent-2 [godparent2-baptised-confirmed
Godparent 1: [Godparent-3 [godparent3-baptised-confirmed
Godparent 1: [Godparent-4 [godparent4-baptised-confirmed

Additional Comments:


This e-mail was sent from a contact form on Roborough Team Ministry (


The email comes through like this: 2016-04-28 09-05-58

Obviously, you need to configure it for your own needs, but the design and layout is quite self-explanatory. Have fun!

Now to think about Marriage forms…


RichCopy: for when Robocopy just won’t hack it for big files over the network…

If, like me, you need to copy large amounts of data across a network (usually in my case video files), then usually you will find that Ctrl-C, Ctrl-V just can’t hack it: I frequently get network errors, slowdowns and it can be a struggle.

For sometime I have used the command line command ROBOCOPY (see HERE and HERE) in a series of batchfiles run on timers to make hourly backups of my dropbox, storing the latest versions on a NAS (Network Attached Storage) Server, and them all being backed up by CrashPlan. This is fine for scheduled work like these, but for the copying of given directories, it’s tedious as I have to make a new batchfile, edit it and run it in a cmd prompt. The robocopy spell currently is use is:

robocopy <source> <destination> /R:0 /E /W:5 /FFT /COPY:DT /XO /XD $RECYCLE.BIN "#RECYCLE BIN" .dropbox.cache

where if I am copying a whole directory, I omit the trailing slash on either source or destination and enclose the path in quotes if there is a space in the path ie “C:\Users\Simon\My Documents\backup folder”

A Microsoft Tech has written a graphical utility which has the power of ROBOCOPY in window, and it is called RichCopy. It’s free and it works


As you can see, it has lots of options to mimic my complex ROBOCOPY spell and works really well. A good tool to have on the desktop. You can save spells you use frequently,  but I haven’t found an easy way to run it automatically from a batch file so some ROBOCOPYing will still need to be done on the network.

More information on RichCopy can be found here on TechNet

Clergy Expenses Excel Template – Free for you to use and adapt

I have completed my expenses for this year, and so I make available for your use and adaptation my Excel Spreadsheet (Office 2016 Version, not tested on others).

I use it to collate my monthly and annual expenses claims and tax returns and over the years that I have developed it, it  has become quite useful to me, so I now make it available to you.



All I ask is for your prayers for myself and our ministry here at the Roborough Team Ministry: Call it Prayerware if you like.

Download Fr. Simons Generic Expenses Sheet

Crowdsourced Liturgy for Pentecost

I need your voice:

For the Pentecost worship as a part of the Archbishop’s Call for Prayer, we at Holy Ground at Exeter Cathedral are creating something different, unique and special and we’d like your voice to be a part of it.

I need this recorded: (instructions are below)

Give us a zeal to work for your Kingdom on earth, protecting creation, striving for peace
Lord have mercy
Lord have mercy

Breathe on us Lord, expel our sinfulness, stir us up to stand for justice
Christ have mercy
Christ have mercy

Set us on fire with a Passion burning in our hearts for the Lord, to reach out to the marginalised
Lord have mercy
Lord have mercy


  1. If you have a phone like an iPhone or an Android, there is usually an app to record your voice – often called “Voice Memo” or some thing similar. I use a free Android App called ASR which can be installed for free from  If you have better recording equipment, then even better, but I have found that most smartphones are good enough nowadays. You can configure it to record at quite a good quality: I would suggest 192k in MP3 or MP4 format if that means anything to you. If not, just record it as it comes and I will do spooky mysterious things with it with electronics.
  2. iPhones will record in the very nice .M4a format. This is fine, but please try and set it to the highest quality you can.
  3. Read (nicely and in the highest possible quality)  the above text. Click here to see the optimum settings in ASR…
  4. After recording select “Share” (or similar) and email it to me at
  5. It would be really helpful if you named the file with your name. This will help me collate them.
  6. I will cut it up with all the others and make these into a cool video using the multiplicity of voices, accents, genders etc.
  7. Can you tell others and ask them to do it for me please so I get lots and lots of voices.
  8. This is an offshoot of a bigger project: a desire to record in this way all 150 Psalms please visit to add your voice by recording any of the outstanding Psalms.

Thank you.

Holy Ground Liturgy April 2016

(Videos will be added shortly and will be available for download)


As people arrive they will be met by Hoodies who will have collection bags and offer them money… hand in take a coin Point – to surprise people – that’s not what I expected – church takes money doesn’t give it away  !

6.50pm – Video: Beatitudes Homeless

[vimeo 162354755

Ends with “God is here. Make yourself at home


God is here. Make yourselves at home.

My dear friends, Welcome to Holy Ground, a safe, sacred space where all are valued, all are loved, all are respected.

Tonight we consider the upside down nature of the Kingdom of God: where the rich are poor, and he poor are rich, and where we discover that it is more blessed to give than receive.

As you came into this sacred space tonight, you were invited to take a coin – unusual, I know, don’t we usually do it the other way round and ask you for money in Church? How did it feel? Especially now that I tell you that it’s yours, a gift freely given, to do with as you wish, to do with as God calls you.

Tonight we think of prosperity and poverty, of security and homelessness, of the values of the Kingdom and the awkward questions that that poses to society.

To help us tonight, we are pleased to welcome David Rhodes, a former journalist and parish priest. His extensive work among homeless people resulted in a series of ground breaking books on spirituality and social justice and his innovative Retreats on the Streets. David’s contact with marginalised people led to the discovery that the Gospel is not only good news for the poor but may also be good news from among those we call the poor.
So, tonight in this holy place, as we prepare to enter into the holy mysteries of God and share his life-giving sacraments, we come to Him, the way, the truth and the life…

Jesus says, ‘I am the Way for you’
And so we come to follow Christ

Jesus says, ‘I am the Truth for you’
And so we come to dwell in the Light.

Jesus says ‘I am the Life for you’
And so we come
Leaving behind all else to which we cling.

Song : The Love of Christ

The love of God comes close
Where stands an open door
To let the stranger in,
To mingle rich and poor:
The love of God is here to stay
Embracing those who walk his way.

The peace of God comes close
To those caught in the storm,
Forgoing lives of ease
To ease the lives forlorn:
The peace of God is here to stay
Embracing those who walk his way.

The joy of God comes close
Where faith encounters fears,
Where heights and depths of life
Are found through smiles and tears:
The joy of God is here to stay
Embracing those who walk his way.

Reading: Luke 21:1 – 4 The Widows Mite

Hear the Holy Gospel according to Luke
Glory to you, O Lord

Video: Widow’s Mite

[vimeo 162355144

Live reading:

At the Synagogue, Jesus looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasury; 2he also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. 3He said, ‘Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; 4for all of them have contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.’

This is the Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you, O Christ

Video: Better to Give

[vimeo 162355361

Stillness/ silence. Video: Rotating Coin Loop (on loop)

Penitential Rite:
Three images on screen. Live voices.

I am a widow, a refugee, longing to return home and raise my orphaned children in peace. Who will give me a voice today?
I am that person, Lord have mercy

I am an old person, struggling to live on my pension, lonely and fearful of what tomorrow will bring. Who will give me a voice today?
I am that person, Christ have mercy

I am a child growing up believing that because I have less, I am worth less. Who will give me a voice today?
I am that person, Lord have mercy


The Lord Jesus who hears the cries of the least,
the lonely and the lost +Grant you his pardon and peace
And set you free to serve your neighbour
Through the power of his Spirit at work within you.

Offertory – ‘Thou who was rich beyond all splendour’.

Thou who wast rich beyond all splendour,
All for love’s sake becamest poor;
Thrones for a manger didst surrender,
Sapphire-paved courts for stable floor.
Thou who wast rich beyond all splendour,
All for love’s sake becomes poor.

Thou who art God beyond all praising,
All for love’s sake becamest man;
Stooping so low, but sinners raising
Heavenwards by thine eternal plan.
Thou who art God beyond all praising,
All for love’s sake becamest man.

Thou who art love beyond all telling,
Saviour and King, we worship thee.
Emmanuel, within us dwelling,
Make us what thou wouldst have us be.
Thou who art love beyond all telling,
Saviour and King, we worship thee.

Eucharistic Prayer

Video: HG Preface

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The Lord is here
God’s Spirit is with us.

Lift up your hearts
We lift them to the Lord

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God
It is right to give God thanks and praise.

It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks, Father of mercies and faithful God.

For you have given us Jesus Christ, your Son, as our Lord and Redeemer.

He always showed compassion for children and for the poor, for the sick and for sinners, and he became a neighbour to the oppressed and the afflicted.

By word and deed he announced to the world that you are our Father and that you care for all your sons and daughters.

And so, with all the Angels and Saints, we exalt and bless your name and sing the hymn of your glory, as without end we acclaim:

Video: HG Sanctus

[vimeo 162356341

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord
God of Power and God might
Heaven and Earth are full of your glory
Hosanna in the Highest

Blessed is he who comes
who comes in the name of the Lord
Hosanna in the highest!

Video: HG Institution

[vimeo 162356367

We praise and bless you, loving Father,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord;
and as we obey his command,
+send your Holy Spirit,
that broken bread and wine outpoured
may be for us the body and blood of your dear Son.

On the night before he died he had supper with his friends
and, taking bread, he praised you.
He broke the bread, gave it to them and said:

Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;
do this in remembrance of me.

When supper was ended he took the cup of wine.
Again he praised you, gave it to them and said:

Drink this, all of you;
this is my blood of the new covenant,
which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.

So, Father, we remember all that Jesus did,
in him we plead with confidence his sacrifice
made once for all upon the cross.
Bringing before you the bread of life and cup of salvation,
we proclaim his death and resurrection
until he comes in glory.

Lord of all life,
help us to work together for that day
when your kingdom comes, the chains that bind us will be broken
and justice and mercy will be seen in all the earth.

Look with favour on your people,
gather us in your loving arms
and bring us with all who have worked for justice
to feast at your table in heaven.

Through Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all honour and glory are yours, O loving Father,
for ever and ever.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.


We break this bread to share in the body of Christ
Though we are many, we are one body we all share in one bread


Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world
Lord I am not worthy to receive you but only say the word and I shall be healed.


Screen: Come followed by HG Distribution Loop (on loop)

Blessing & Peace.

May God bless you
With enough foolishness
To believe that you can
Make a difference in the world,
So that you can do
What others claim cannot be done.
And the blessing of God Almighty,
The + Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be with you always.

May the God of grace who raises up the lowly, casts down the mighty from their thrones bring you all the peace promised to all generations…

The Peace of the Lord be always with you – Allelulia!  Allelulia!
And also with you- Alleluia! Alleluia!

We share the peace as we go to coffee