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Pastoral Letter August 2013

Dear Friends,

I can spend a long time browsing through the selections of birthday cards available in our shops looking for a suitable one for a particular friend or family member. They can be very entertaining! I remember one I’ve seen recently with a picture of a little dog looking up hopefully in anticipation no doubt of a treat, with a caption that read “Blessed are those who expect nothing, for they shall not be disappointed.” I think this was supposed to warn the recipient that they wouldn’t be getting a present as well as a card!

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Pastoral Letter June 2013

Dear Friends,

When I think back to earlier life and what June meant to me I think of long, hot, sunny days, exams, Wimbledon and strawberries. Nowadays there are no more exams for me thankfully; Wimbledon continues but the weather is unpredictable - perhaps it always was. Traditionally, part of the strawberry's appeal was that its short, six-week season, from early June until mid-August, coincides with the brief, long-awaited British summer. These days, however, the British strawberry season extends from mid-April until mid-December, thanks to the increased use of plastic polytunnels to create optimum growing conditions for many more weeks, and strawberries are imported from abroad all through the year.

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Pastoral Letter May 2013

Dear Friends,

At the beginning of December last year the Bromsgrove parishes of St John’s with St Andrews, All Saints, St Godwalds and Christ Church with St Luke’s became a single Parish and with Dodford as a separate Parish in the Benefice, all churches are part of the Bromsgrove Team.

Working as a team has many advantages. On a team there’s access to a wider variety of skills, qualities, attributes and expertise and people can focus on what they do best. On a team people bounce ideas off each other and can often turn a good insight or idea into a great project. People can work on different elements of a project which achieves the desired result more effectively. A team can offer support and encouragement that helps individual members through the good times and the difficult times and the shared responsibility can encourage risk taking. Together Everyone Achieves More. And good team working is as important in families and communities as in places of work and in church.

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Pastoral Letter April 2013

Dear Friends,

‘Death is nothing at all’. These are the opening words of a poem written in the early 20th century by Henry Scott Holland a canon of St Paul’s Cathedral. It’s a poem that is sometimes requested for funeral services. However I know from my own experience of bereavement and from being alongside those who face death and those whose loved ones have died, that this statement is simply not true. Death is always significant and it challenges us to face things we would rather avoid. To be fair to Scott Holland, this was just one perspective on death that he offered, and his poem has been taken out of its context, but it’s interesting that it has become so popular today as a comfort to those who have been bereaved.

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Pastoral Letter March 2013

Dear Friends,

I’m writing having just watched the film of Les Miserables, a story inspired by the struggle for freedom from oppression in 19th century France; a story inspired by the Christian faith in the transforming power of unconditional love. Very near the beginning of the story the embittered ex convict Valjean is given shelter by the Bishop of Digne and the starving man given food – the first act of kindness, generosity and hope that is to change Valjean and set him on an extraordinary journey of love and courage.

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