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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 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.

: Issue 18 - February 2023


Bishop Michael (who, you may remember, worked as an epidemiologist before becoming a bishop) has recently reviewed the risk  of COVID transmission associated with sharing the common cup during Holy Communion. Based on recent scientific  studies, his conclusion is that the risk of COVID being transmitted through sharing the common cup is minimal.

: Issue 17 - January 2023

St Mary's Star

Our Christian faith is something that informs and underpins the whole of our lives, not just certain times in the day or week or year. When we think about what ‘church’ is and what ‘church’ is for, we naturally tend to think of Sunday services, festivals and  baptisms, weddings and funerals.

: Issue 16

Gate Lantern at St. Mary's

As we enter Advent, the season when we consider the 4 ‘Last Things’ and ponder that which is ultimate, we have some serious thinking and serious praying to do about the future of the Church in this place. As noted further below in the report about the recent meeting of Diocesan Synod...

: Issue 15

Post-service Chocolate Cake

The Bishop of Oxford, Rt Rev’d Steven Croft, has become the first Diocesan Bishop of the Church of England to call openly for reform of the Church’s law and practice regarding gay marriage. More bishops have now joined his call for change, to enable gay couples both to marry in church and to have their civil partnerships or marriages blessed in church. If this change were made, it is likely that solemnising or blessing a same-sex marriage would be a matter of discretion for individual clergy...

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