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. For instructions on how to subscribe, please scroll down to the bottom of this page.

: Issue 32 - May 2024

Apple Blossom May 2024

As many people will know, as a Deanery we have been working for some time on a plan to re-organise the grouping of the parishes in our Deanery into a smaller number of benefices, in order to be able to reduce the number of stipendiary incumbents (from 8.5 to 7). This need to reduce the number of stipendiary clergy exists because the level of giving through Parish Share has dropped, such that we are no longer able to afford all those posts.

: Issue 31 – April '24

April Blossom

At the time of writing, I am very much hoping that Spring will soon arrive and we will enjoy some warm  sunshine after all the recent rain and cold. On one of the rare sunny days in March, in a fit of misguided  optimism, we sowed some vegetable seeds. Ever since, I have felt slightly guilty, thinking of them shivering in the still, cold soil as the sleet lashes down above them. I hope they survive and eventually germinate and grow.

: Issue 31 – April '24

April Blossom

At the time of writing, I am very much hoping that Spring will soon arrive and we will enjoy some warm  sunshine after all the recent rain and cold. On one of the rare sunny days in March, in a fit of misguided  optimism, we sowed some vegetable seeds. Ever since, I have felt slightly guilty, thinking of them shivering in the still, cold soil as the sleet lashes down above them. I hope they survive and eventually germinate and grow.

: Issue 30 - March 2024

Newsletter March 2024

Is there anyone who does not love the arrival of Spring? While some people struggle with some of the other seasons for one reason or another, I’ve yet to meet anyone who does not love the arrival of Spring, with warmer, longer days and the emergence of blossom and shoots and buds.

: 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

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