Newsletters

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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.

To view our Newsletters:

You can view (or download and print) the current and past issues of our newsletters by clicking on the links below:

: 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...

: Issue 14

St.mary's in Autumn

: Issue 13

Dry Dovecote

The potential for fuel bills to increase very dramatically this Winter is alarming. It remains to be seen what the Government’s response to this situation will be. Given the already stretched state of the public finances, it seems probable that any help that is provided from central funds will not fully meet the increased costs.

: Issue 12

Newsletter July 2022

Readers of this Newsletter probably do not need to be told that all our parishes struggle to raise sufficient funds to meet their costs. The major elements of our parish expenditure are a contribution towards the paid ministry we receive (i.e. the Rector), a contribution to the cost of central Diocesan support services, the maintenance of our church buildings and our insurance and utility bills.

 

: Newsletter 11

picture of HM the Queen

'Shared Local Ministry' is the term being used by the Diocese to describe a model of ministry which, it is hoped, will enable us to continue our witness and service in these parishes.

: Issue 10

Tree of Life

Alleluia, Christ is risen!

: Issue 9

the watch

There is much for us to reflect on as we enter
Lent...

: Issue 8

snowdrops

A number of people have identified the desirability of developing a social space where we can both gather informally as members of the church to get to know one another better and enjoy one another’s company, and can also meet with people from the wider community for the same purposes...

: Issue 7

St Mary's tower with Advent light

As we turn over a new page on our calendars and contemplate what 2022 might look like, the reality is that, to some extent at least, this is up to us.

: Issue 6

Bruton Benefice Newsletter Issue 6

Advent is a time of waiting, but do we know what it is that we are waiting for? The temptation is to reach for the easy answer and say that we are waiting for Christmas. But there is more to it than this. In Advent, we are encouraged, not least by the daily lectionary readings, to focus on what are sometimes called ‘ the four last things ’ : Death , Judgment, Heaven and Hell. Advent invites us to step back from the mundane, the daily routine and to consider the big and ultimate things in life.

: Issue 5

Bruton Benefice Newsletter Issue 5

Bishop Trevor Willmott led a very joyful Benefice service at St Mary’s on 3 October as Jonathan was formally made Rector of the Benefice. The choir sang, the bells rang, the organ played and the gathered congregation sang heartily. We enjoyed a very good reception afterwards at At the Chapel where conversation and food and drink were plentiful and good.

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