• July News From The Clergy

    July News From The Clergy

    24 Jun 2022 • From the Clergy

    As we move into the summer, many of you will be going on journeys of one sort or another.
    There will be holidays taken in various parts of this country and further afield; visits to family members and friends, and trips out to places of natural beauty or historical interest. Most of these journeys will have a fixed destination and a set time to spend there before returning to your starting point.

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  • June News From the Clergy

    June News From the Clergy

    18 May 2022 • From the Clergy

    The Christian calendar of saints comes with a definite hierarchy.
    At the top is Mary, the mother of Jesus, who receives three separate days celebrating plus her own Sunday of Advent, as well as numerous churches dedicated to her across the world.

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  • May News From The Clergy

    May News From The Clergy

    27 Apr 2022 • From the Clergy

    Growing up, as I did, in the semi-rural parish of Claines, Rogation Sunday was one on which we concentrated on agriculture, asking God’s blessing on the land as we “beat the bounds.” Most years this beating of the bounds only involved a small number of parishioners but one year an adventurous curate took it to a new level, using various forms of transport for different parts of the journey. A motorbike, tractor and even a canoe were pressed into service. This gave the parishioners some fun and remained a talking point for several years (as you can see by the fact that I still remember and want to write about it!).

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  • April News from the Clergy

    April News from the Clergy

    25 Mar 2022 • From the Clergy

    Shortly before 10pm on Shrove Tuesday 1945, the air raid sirens sounded in Dresden. They had done so more than a hundred times previously during the war without any serious damage being inflicted, the Saxon capital being one of the few intact German cities remaining. Despite the increasing concentration of armaments and other war industries, the anti-aircraft defences had been moved elsewhere, leaving the city extremely vulnerable.

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  • March News From The Clergy

    March News From The Clergy

    25 Feb 2022 • From the Clergy

    David, Chad, Adrian, Non, Duthac, Kessog, Patrick and Cuthbert. What do all these have in common?
    You may be able to come up with several answers, but the two I’m looking for are that they all have their feast days in March and they all have a Celtic connection.
    For a short time, when I was living in Claines, we had a vicar who was married to a lovely Irish lady and during March she led us in a Celtic Service – a beautiful evening, made perfect by her serving home-made shortbread afterwards! Even without the shortbread, the evening made an impact on us as our attention was focused on those Celtic saints of whom, generally speaking, we know very little.

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  • February News From the Clergy

    February News From the Clergy

    21 Jan 2022 • From the Clergy

    As I write this, I am in my second day of isolation after a positive Covid test. It is a frustrating experience, given that I am not ill and staying still does not agree with me. One can only clean the oven so many times.

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  • January News From Bishop Martin

    20 Dec 2021 • From the Clergy

    And God held in his hand
    A small globe. Look, he said.
    The son looked. Far off,
    As through water, he saw
    A scorched land of fierce
    Colour. The light burned
    There; crusted buildings
    Cast their shadows; a bright
    Serpent, a river
    Uncoiled itself, radiant
    With slime.
    On a bare
    Hill a bare tree saddened
    The sky. Many people
    Held out their thin arms
    To it, as though waiting
    For a vanished April
    To return to its crossed
    Boughs. The son watched
    Them. Let me go there, he said.
    The Coming by RS Thomas 1913-2000

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  • December News From the Clergy

    December News From the Clergy

    24 Nov 2021 • From the Clergy

    To ask “What is at the heart of Christmas?” may seem a very obvious question – but is it really? Answer honestly; if Christmas was cancelled – and I mean really cancelled, not just scaled down like last year – what would you miss the most? Would it be the family gatherings? The excessive quantities of food and drink consumed?

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  • November News From The Clergy

    November News From The Clergy

    20 Oct 2021 • From the Clergy

    November is traditionally a time for remembering: All Saints and All Souls, along with Remembrance Sunday, are key parts of the opening half of the month in the church calendar. The last of these in particular is one which has a resonance for many people who still have memories of the Second World War or more recent conflicts, or who have themselves been in the forces.

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  • October News From the Clergy

    October News From the Clergy

    22 Sep 2021 • From the Clergy

    Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
    Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;

    Conspiring with him how to load and bless

    With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;

    To bend with apples the moss'd cottage-trees,

    And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;

    To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells

    With a sweet kernel; ….

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