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April Pastoral Letter

Dear Friends,

The Easter story, is a story of  life, death and new life. Huge subjects to contemplate, yet impossible to avoid, because this is our experience of being. It is a story that is there to help us to re-member –as in, to put ourselves back together again, when life has fragmented us. It reminds us of the deep intuition that is often obscured by the frantic lives we live that is only awakened in us in those awful moments of loss.  It is a story that holds the secret at the depths of our being, that tells our souls that ‘being’ is a continuum, an unfolding evolution of ‘self’ into an even larger awareness of Self. It re-minds us that the humus of suffering can fertilise the seeds of new life and that nothing is wasted. Every time something in us appears to die, it makes way for a larger experience of Being if we will trust it.

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Pastoral Letter March 2015

Dear Friends,

As you read this we are well into the season of the church’s year called ‘Lent’.

The word Lent comes from the Middle English word for “spring” and Lent comprises the 40 days before Easter, not counting the Sundays. In the early church it was a time when new converts to the Christian faith would be instructed and prepared for baptism at Easter.

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Pastoral Letter November 2014

Dear Friends,

Sunday 12th October saw the beginning of a new chapter in the story of Bromsgrove Team Parish as I was licensed and installed as Team Rector by Bishop Graham and Archdeacon Nikki of Dudley and the Team was re commissioned.  A huge ‘Thank You’ to all those from all our churches who helped to organise and support this service and who provided and shared in the wonderful refreshments afterwards.

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Pastoral Letter September 2014

Dear Friends,

This summer the bramble bushes have been laden with fruit – lots of large, sweet berries.  I guess this is the result of all the rain we had earlier in the year and the many days of glorious sunshine in the summer. At this time of year I really enjoy ‘blackberrying’ and because the fruit has come so early this year, I was doing this during my holiday.

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Pastoral Letter July 2014

Dear Friends,

What do you think of when you think of hospitality? A cup of tea with a neighbour, dinner parties, barbecues in the garden? Do you think of something planned with invitations or something spontaneous? Just for family and friends? The idea of hospitality has fallen on hard times. Busy lives, families with both parents working, communities where neighbours don’t know each other well enough to drop in for a cup of coffee.

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