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The benefice newsletter is intended to be a means of sharing information about events and news of particular interest and relevance to members of our churches across the benefice. We are blessed by having excellent parish magazines already, which publish articles of more general interest - we are not trying to cover the same ground as these magazines.

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: Issue 28 January 2024

Issue 28 Jan 24

‘Choose Life’
At the end of his life, Moses gathered the people of Israel together and addressed them (Deuteronomy Ch. 30). He urged the people to remain faithful to the covenant God had made with them, and promised them that they would flourish as a people if they did so. Moses offered them a choice: obedience or disobedience; prosperity or adversity: ‘I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and holding fast to him’ (Deut. 30: 19-20).


: Issue 29 February 2024

February Newsletter 2024

Some sage words from Jean Pierre
de Caussade:

To avoid the anxieties which may be caused by either regret for the past or fear of the future, here in a few words is the rule to follow: the past must be left to God’s measureless mercy, the future to his loving providence; and the present must be given wholly to his love through fidelity to his grace.

(from Abandonment to Divine Providence)

: Issue 27 December 2023

St Mary's Gate Lantern

‘Must we? Should we? Can we? Shall we?’

At a meeting of Diocesan Synod on 25 November, the Diocesan Board of Finance announced proposals to reform the way in which mission in our Diocese is funded. This may sound dull and technical, but please do read on: this is important stuff and raises some huge questions for us.

: Issue 26 November 2023

S Mills Photo Fungi

Whether it is ‘Dry January’, ‘Veganuary’, ‘No Mow May’, ‘Movember’ or some other programme, we often come under pressure during a particular month or season to change our behaviour in some way for the better. Diets, de-tox, ‘wellness’, fitness: the list goes on.

: Issue 25 October 2023

Autumn Tree

If ever you have found yourself wondering what life is all about, here is a short but profound thought from Caryll Houselander: ‘Sometimes it may seem to us that there is no purpose in our lives; that going day after day for years to this office or that school or factory is nothing else but waste and wariness. But it may be that God has sent
us there because but for us Christ would not be there. If our being there means that Christ is there, that alone makes it worthwhile’

: Issue 24

Pear Tree

‘Things will soon pick up’; ‘Why don’t people come to church anymore?’; ‘it never used to be like this’; ‘Where are all the children?’; ‘What is going to happen to us?’; ‘Who will take over when we are gone?’

Deanery reorganisation...

: July Diary Dates

July 2023

July Diary Dates

: Issue 22 - June 2023

Gloria's Gate

In our current series of Benefice discussion groups we are looking together at some of the parables that Jesus told.The parables are one of the ways in which Jesus made the Kingdom of God relevant to the daily lives of those who came to listen to him speak.

: May 2023

May Newsletter 2023

May 2023

: Issue 20 - April 2023

Polished Chalice

The Rector recently attended a meeting of Diocesan clergy at which there was an opportunity to comment or ask questions about the recent decisions of General Synod in relation to marriage and relationships. You may be aware that General Synod recently considered proposals from the House of Bishops regarding the possible future issuing of approved prayers of blessing for couples in same-sex relationships, the decision not to permit the celebration of same-sex marriages in church and the proposed revision of the current guidance...

: Issue 19 - March 2023

Blue Skies

So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
(Isaiah 41:10, NIV)

The Church of England has produced some
Lent resources called ‘Dust and Glory’. (You
can get these for free from the CofE website).
The resources are based on Emma Ineson’s book ‘Failure’ mentioned below.

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