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As we enter Advent, the season when we consider the 4 ‘Last Things’ and ponder thatwhichisultimate,wehavesome 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...
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...
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.
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.
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...
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St. Mary's Donations
We have all had a very tough year. St. Mary's is no exception.
We rely on donations in order to keep our church open. This year, our finances have again been severely affected.
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Bruton Telephone Buddies
St. Mary's has organised a group of volunteers called the Telephone Buddies. If you are unable to get out and do not have anyone looking after you, or if you are lonely or feeling isolated and would like someone to ring you up for a chat; if you are worried and don't know where to turn for help then please phone 01749 321742 and leave a message on the answer phone. One of our volunteers will pick up your message and endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.