28 June 2010
Vicar Adam Smallbone and his solicitor wife Alex have been at his new urban parish of St. Saviours for a month but the congregation is tiny and,when part of a church window is broken, Adam learns that the insurance will not cover it and he must raise funds himself. Suddenly the church is full of families,anxious to give donations and presents,if the vicar will have a say in admitting their children to the local church school,highly-rated by OFSTED.These include the local M.P. Patrick Yam. The headmistress Ellie will play along but this means delaying the wedding of a very nice couple in order to accommodate her sister's rushed marriage. Finally Adam decides. He will not be bribed and things must stay as they are but,thanks to devoted but dozy parishioner Colin,he finds out how the window was broken.
5 July 2010
The archdeacon visits the church on a Sunday when there are only five people present. Adam prays for a miracle,which seems to come in the form of Darren, a charismatic evangelist who brings his three figure congregation from St. James,which is being renovated - along with white sofas, fruit smoothies and a rapper. Darren goes down a storm and contributes ten grand to St. Saviors' funds but Adam believes he is just a showman and refuses to let him preach again in his church. Colin inadvertently saves the day by getting over-excited about one of Darren's lady helpers.
12 July 2010
Thieves steal the lead from the church roof so,to raise cash,Adam allows a Muslim children's group to use the hall.He is impressed by their piety compared to the rude kids he goes to address at the church primary school and this inspires him to oppose a strip club being opened opposite the church. He visits an existing club to know his enemy but,after the inevitable embarrassment,learns the new club will not be opening after all. Colin is almost arrested whilst trying to stop the real lead thieves and makes his escape in a burkah.
19 July 2010
Adam is envious when a vicar he once knew,Roland Wise,becomes a mainstay on radio's 'Thought For the Day' and a frequent contributor to the press. So,to raise his own profile,he secures an interview on television but nerves cause him to say,"We're all gay in the church," which is not well-received. He asks Roland for help but is amazed when his colleague admits to why he has become a media darling and finds that Roland is just as insecure as himself.
26 July 2010
Feeling shunned in the pub,Adam is pleased to meet Leon,who wants to get married to Debs in his church. They become drinking buddies and go jogging together. Adam invites Leon and Debs to dinner and discovers that,fifteen years earlier,as students,Leon and Alex had sex on a bus. Adam is concerned that Leon is still flirting with Alex and wonders whether to conduct the ceremony but Debs calls it off when she finds out that Leon is trying to get back with an unimpressed Alex - who only has eyes for her husband.
2 August 2010
Following a poor review of his last sermon on Godslot.com,Adam considers packing it in and stays at home watching TV whilst a bogus vicar roams the city,obtaining freebies and harassing the Bishop of London. After making a fool of himself at a vicars and tarts party organized by Ellie,he gets drunk and is almost arrested - but discovers redemption and the identity of the impostor.
10 November 2011
Having had his peace on retreat shattered by brash fellow cleric Roland Wise,Adam's plans to take local schoolchildren to the seaside for the day fail to meet with the expected enthusiasm and Alex is annoyed as she sees herself as a work widow. However when Adam accidentally trips up a mugger who has stolen Adoyah's bag he is feted in the press as the Kung Fu Vicar and nominated for television's Pride of Britain Awards. Everybody wants a piece of him though a visit from the bishop persuades him to confess and swap a glamorous night out for a day at the seaside.
17 November 2011
Talented new curate Abi Johnston arrives at St. Saviour's. Already a published author she is a brilliant organizer and charismatic preacher,who even persuades Colin to get baptized. Everybody loves her,including Alex - and Adam is seething with envy as he feels threatened by her presence. Drowning his sorrows with Colin he discovers that his drink has been spiked with an Ecstasy tablet,leading to a bizarre display at a childrens' service. The 'problem' is finally removed when Abi is fast-tracked to become a canon at St. Paul's cathedral though Colin still gets his baptism - from Adam.
24 November 2011
Adam and Alex host his five-year-old god-daughter Enid whilst her parents attend a wedding. She is precocious and rude but at least she scares off a beggar. Adam and curate Nigel are called upon to scare off a laughing ghost in an old folks' home. Adam is sceptical despite being told that a dentist died of an overdose of laughing gas in the room in question though it could just as well be a fruity old chap pursuing Joan,the room's occupant. Adam gets his biggest scare when Enid goes missing whilst in Joan's care when her father comes to collect her but his prayers for her miraculous recovery are fortunately answered.
1 December 2011
The church school has never failed its inspection before but with atheist ex-footballer Matthew Feld teaching the kids to question things and going down a storm Adam is worried. To make matters worse Matthew plays for the Catholics' team in the inter-faith schools five a side,annihilating St. Saviours. However a bizarre divine intervention sees Adam right,providing him with an inspirational anecdote for the inspection.
8 December 2011
DEspite Adam putting his stipend in the collection box church funds are a hundred and forty seven pounds out ands Archdeacon Robert is not happy. Adam,however,is more concerned with getting homeless beggar Mick into a hostel though it means hosting him until a vacancy occurs. Sadly the hostel closes and Alex demands Mick's eviction. Financial salvation however looms,thanks to Marcus,a wealthy member of Colin's AA group,even if it involves Adam's stealing from his wallet.
15 December 2011
Alex is away on a walking holiday with friends and Adam is not cheered by Colin's assertion that she has dumped him. Archdeacon Robert requests Adam's silence after being seen with his boyfriend buying a bed as his being gay may hinder his chance to become the Bishop of Stevenage. However Adam ends up consoling him after he lost the bishopric by outing himself,as well as comforting a suicidal Nigel,upset at being turned down for the priesthood, and Colin,who has lost his job. All in all Adam counts his blessings when a relaxed Alex returns to him.
20 December 2011
After playing a reluctant Santa to Ellie's greedy,cynical pupils Adam returns home to find that Martin,his overly critical,selfish father-in-law has arrived for Christmas. With Nigel protesting about the commercialisation of the festival whilst Robert wants him to make money for the church from it and the check-out girl at the mini-market rationing the number of mince pies he can have Adam can do without a spat with Colin and the drunks who invade his Midnight Mass. Fortunately a little snow can work wonders and on Christmas Day Adam finds himself having a thoroughly enjoyable and far from lonely first Noel in his parish with Alex's announcement adding a Yuletide bonus.
24 March 2014
Whilst Adam is conducting Ellie's wedding service Archdeacon Robert is delivering Alex's baby daughter in the back of a taxi. Ten months later Adam meets Yusef, the Muslim imam, in a dilapidated children's playground where he has taken baby Katie and they decide to join forces to raise money for its renovation. Yusef does very well, collecting most of the money - despite being electrocuted by the church's faulty wiring system. This is as well as most of Adam's funds come from Colin selling crack cocaine. Both Christians and Muslims, however, put the Smallbones under pressure to have Katie baptized.
31 March 2014
Archdeacon Robert confronts Adam over his church's lack of funds, sending in celebrity vicar Roland Wise to give financial advice though Adam is not receptive. Then Jez and Rob, a gay couple, ask Adam to marry them and, against Nigel's advice, he conducts the ceremony in the guise of a routine Eucharist. Alex gets drunk at the reception and tells Robert what has happened, although, after initial disapproval, he shows himself to be an ally after all.
7 April 2014
At a charity lunch Adam meets award winning sculptor Mike Tobin who is keen create a new work and exhibit it in the church, as well as making a generous donation. Soon afterwards Adam enlists the help of newly-divorced Ellie and her school class in his anti-litter campaign, which leads to the couple sharing a passionate kiss. Given Mike's iconoclastic reputation Nigel and Robert are wary about his offering but it turns out to be a statue of a couple kissing. However Adam wrongly believes that it depicts himself and Ellie and almost causes a disaster.
14 April 2014
Alex finds out that Adam kissed Ellie and throws him out. After crashing at Nigel's he ends up in the hostel with Colin but is thrown out of there as well for being unregistered. Fortunately Alex agrees to a reconciliation and takes him back. He also meets George, a qualified accountant who agrees to doing the church audits for free. George admits that he served a prison sentence for downloading child-porn but Adam agrees to give him a chance and to employ him. Sadly the other parish council members are less forgiving and George moves away.
21 April 2014
News of Adam's kissing Ellie has reached the bishop, who tells Adam that he will be suspended, pending an investigation. To make things worse the church is in danger of closing due to poor attendances whilst, thanks to Nigel, the kiss has made it to the local paper's front page headline. Having carried a wooden cross through London foe another vicar's passion play Adam meets a mysterious stranger, who gives him hope - and next day he learns that he has been wholly exonerated. However circumstances have led to his decision to resign from the clergy.
28 April 2014
Adam and Alex are rather enjoying his unemployment and then, as a stop-gap, he gets taken on at the local mini-mart where he faces the wrath of disgruntled parishioners. He intends to become a management consultant and, despite Archdeacon Robert's attempts to dissuade him, he goes for an interview though he deliberately sabotages it, realising it is not for him. As the church closes he becomes despairing and withdrawn, taking to his bed. However Alex gathers his flock to prove that they believe in him, as he delivers an Easter sermon which he now hopes will not be his last.
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