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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.

Read more: Pastoral Letter September 2014

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.

Read more: Pastoral Letter July 2014

Pastoral Letter June 2014

Ministers Letter – June 2014

Dear Friends

A year ago I was coming to the end of my final term at theological college and writing an article for your magazine looking forward to joining you in Bromsgrove as I prepared to be ordained deacon. Now, as I write, it is not to strangers. Instead I write to people I know, amongst whom I have worked and worshipped for almost a year. We have shared our first Christmas and first Easter together.

Read more: Pastoral Letter June 2014

Pastoral Letter May 2014

 

Dear Friends,

In 2011 the Worcester Diocese launched ‘Kingdom People’, an initiative to help churches in living out the Gospel in practical, meaningful ways - making an impact on the worldaround them.

As explained on the Worcester Diocesan website, ‘The Church is not an end in itself. It is God’s gift to the world whose purpose is to be an effective sign of God’s Kingdom.

Read more: Pastoral Letter May 2014

Pastoral Letter March 2014

Dear Friends

I am writing this letter the week after I attended the service in Sanders Park to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. Although you will be reading this in March, I believe that it is still relevant – because while it is important to have special times set aside, remembrance is something that should be a continuous process in our busy lives. We look to the past sometimes with nostalgia and sometimes with regret; at times with deep shame, as was the case on Holocaust Memorial Day as we kept silence for the many millions who were persecuted and murdered because they were different. This included not just Jews but many other groups despised by the Nazis, and despised by others since in consequent genocides.

Read more: Pastoral Letter March 2014