Archbishop Jonathan Blake

The Most Reverend Jonathan Blake, Presiding Archbishop of the Open Episcopal Church B.A. (Hons), Dip. Pastoral Studies. Bishop's Haven, 105 Danson Crescent Welling DA16 2AS U.K. Mobile: 07767 687711 www.bishopjonathanblake.com bishopjonathanblake@ntlworld.com www.openepiscopalchurch.org www.twitter.com/bishopjonathan The Church is a member of The International Council of Community churches and the World Council of Churches. Married and a proud Dad.

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Gassed in Tehran, seized in Kabul, helped Mother Teresa, almost murdered, raised £300,000, ordained 1981, street sleeper, pilgrim to Auschwitz, Kenya + Pakistan 4 peace, began 1st inter-faith NHS chapel, wrote text on Parliament, arrested, relinquished his 12 year Anglican post 2 be independent, baptised 1000's in homes, on Mt Snowdon + in circus ring, did wedding underwater, wrote ‘For God’s Sake Don’t Go To Church’, nailed 95 Theses to Canterbury cathedral, arrested, co-founded the Society for Independent Ministry, was consecrated a bishop, co-founded the Open Episcopal Church, did 1st gay wedding on prime time TV, sued Associated Newspapers 4 defamation, co-consecrated 1st women bishops 4 England. Wales + Scotland, accommodated the homeless, took Mass 2 sex workers + posted it, elected Archbishop, arrested 4 taking kids on roof, not charged, founded ‘When No One’s Watching', became an ICV, did Jade Goody's wedding , invited 2 Downing St, wrote 'That Old Devil Called God Again', arrested 4 times campaigning against child abuse, had harassment conviction quashed on appeal, appealing a conviction for breaches of restraining order 2 stop a paedophile

Monday, February 24, 2014

THE JOY OF BEING AN OLDER PARENT

I have a daughter and a son from my first marriage.

I was divorced for 6 years and never imagined I would have any further children. However I remarried, aged 44 to a woman aged 41 who had never been married or given birth.

We now have three children together, conceived naturally, aged 7,12 and 13. My wife was considered 'geriatric' for all three and we encountered a considerable amount of prejudice both from within the family and the health service to her being an older mother.

Dire warnings were issued about abnormality from all sides and a radiographer almost took a macabre delight in saying that one of the children would almost certainly be odd and we should consider termination. Further tests contradicted her pessimism and thankfully all three children are a picture of health.

My wife blossomed throughout her pregnancies and there is not a day that passes when I am not eternally grateful for the miracle of my five amazing children. 

Further, being an older and more mature parent has been an entirely different experience and I believe has brought many additional benefits to the children. So, don't let others dissuade you, as an older person, to have a child.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/health/article4012757.ece

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