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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.

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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.

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Pastoral Letter February 2014

Dear Friends,

As I write this letter it’s the very beginning of a new year and I’m wondering what it will have in store, for me personally and for our church and community and for our world. And I’m reminded that in so many ways we are authors of our own destinies. Everything we do has consequences.Some of the things we are benefitting from now or suffering from now will be the consequences of things we did years ago. But it can take time for us to see the consequences of what we do and say, so it’s easy to forget that what we do now, determines what the future will bring.

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Pastoral Letter December 2013

Dear friends,

Perhaps it’s a sign that I’m getting older but Christmases seem to come round faster every year! And I know I’ll do the same things in much the same way, carol services and nativities, turkey and mince pies, cards and presents, Christmas trees and Christmas lights... and the traditions are good because they root us in our history and in our faith and families.

Read more: Pastoral Letter December 2013