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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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Pastoral Letter February 2013

Dear friends,

I’ve just finished the jigsaw puzzle I started at Christmas. Very late one night I had about a dozen pieces of tree that all looked the same. By trial and error I put the pieces into place. It was impossible to see whether they matched, apart from whether they fitted into the pieces around them. They all seemed to fit neatly until it came to putting in the last piece, and that didn’t. It was obvious now that I’d put some of the other pieces in the wrong places and there was no solution but to take all the surrounding tree pieces out and try again. But I was determined to get the puzzle finished before I went to bed!

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Pastoral Letter May 2012

Dear friends,

It's that time of year when the growth of everything in the garden, fields and woodlands is rapidly flourishing – if we've had enough rain! What, I wonder, does a garden mean to you? Perhaps it's the hard work of keeping the grass cut, the hedges trimmed and the weeds under control. Or perhaps it's the enjoyment of the flowers or birdsong, or freshly picked fruit and vegetables... perhaps a combination of all these and more.

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Pastoral Letter Lent 2012

As you read this we may be nearing the end of Lent and preparing at Church to observe ‘Palm Sunday’ and ‘Holy Week’ the last week of Jesus’ life. It’s a week full of drama as Jesus comes violently and unjustly to the end of his earthly life and breaks heaven open for us so that we might share with him, new life in God’s love.

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Peace and Goodwill to All

Dear friends,

As we approach the season of ‘peace and goodwill to all’, I’m conscious that this time of year can be the very opposite. The truth is that Christmas can be and very often is a stressful time for many people. There are all the materialistic pressures, especially for families with children, and the stress of preparations - decorating, presents to buy, cards to write, food to buy and prepare and guests to entertain. Family relationships become strained under the weight of expectations and Christmas is notorious for family rows. Christmas time can bring an experience of increased loneliness and isolation for many people especially those missing a loved one or struggling to come to terms with a broken relationship.  Ironically whilst we are all wishing each other a peaceful time what many experience is the opposite. Often the glitter and tinsel and excesses of food and drink mask much hidden pain.

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