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Kathryn joins me in wishing every reader a Happy New Year. Let’s hope and pray it is a big improvement on the year we say goodbye to! One of the things that occurred to me as we welcomed in the New Year was that in saying goodbye to 2020 we had completed one-fifth of the 21st Century. I don’t know why that sprang into my mind, but it did, and with it the realisation that time seems to be flying…

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    “But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel”     Our mail came late today and it contained a letter from the hotel Kathryn and I stayed at in January this year. We spent three weeks on Cyprus at a lovely hotel where the staff, environment & food were excellent. We decided we would…

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One consequence of the lockdown has been a desire by many people to decorate their homes for Christmas even earlier than usual: completely understandable. Some have gone to extraordinary lengths to mount displays on their houses, in the gardens, on trees, and just about anywhere they are able. It’s a visible example of the consequence of all that has been happening this year and of the impact it is having on families and communities that they want to make the…

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Sometime last week someone placed a printed notice on a tree a few yards down from our drive on The Old Walk. It was a notification from the council that the tree was to be removed. I realised then the tree in question was dead. Walking around the area I found more trees with the notice on them; some were dead and some diseased. They, the trees, have now been removed. In Genesis we read: “And out of the ground…

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I was told about an initiative by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to call the Church of England to make November a month of prayer for our nation. I think it is a great idea and would encourage everyone, C of E or not, to take up the call. I’ve listed the sequence of daily prayer they give below, but, if you want more information it is available on the Church of England website. The suggestion is we pray…

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Inspiration comes from the strangest of places: such as a rotary washing line in torrential rain. Our rotary dryer is outside my office window. I mentioned previously that after installing it I realised it leaned slightly to one side and with time and wet towels the lean has become greater. One morning, a few days ago the sky was a dark mottled grey (no silver lining) and it rained heavily. All-day! I was reflecting on something as I looked out…

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Next week we will celebrate harvest and support two charities as we do so. We will be taking donations for the Methodist charity ‘All we can’ and food donations for the local foodbank. More information about both is on our website and in our newsletter. Various charities have reported their income has declined during lockdown so it is especially important to do what we can and be as generous as we can be at this time. Listening to the news…

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Several people have asked me recently if I think the increasing restrictions on movement may result in us not being able to meet in church again. No one can say at this time what the future holds. At present, the restrictions aren’t preventing us meeting in church and it has been good to meet people personally; even with social distancing. Zoom has its uses but they are limited. It is a strange anomaly but during lockdown when we have been…

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It’s hard to describe the pleasure of being in the church building and sharing with others in worshipping the Living God again as we did last Sunday. It was not as it had been on March 15th when we last had a service in the church, but it was a move in the right direction. In the last few months, I have read several articles complaining about churches being closed. But, I’m not sure I have ever felt the church…

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Well, since my last contribution to the newsletter Kathryn and I have had two weeks’ holiday visiting family and friends in the north. On one very hot day (35℃) we watched the evening news to see images of torrential rain in the South East. The most special time was being with our new grandchild being able to hold and cuddle him. Wonderful! As we approach the Autumn it is clear that many people are uneasy about what may happen regarding…

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On my morning walk I pushed open a gate leading into a wheat field and saw standing in the field a fox. It didn’t run off and being familiar with that particular gate and its loud squeal as it closed I held it open. For some minutes I watched the fox as it sniffed and moved around the field until some sense of my presence caused it to look at me and it ran, and was gone from me. I…

From our Minister’s Wife

The minister’s letter is a little different this week as it is from the minister’s wife. It may be a little shorter than usual. It seems that every time John and I visit somewhere new to go walking we end up getting lost or finding ourselves wading through thick mud. It takes me back to our first appointment in Yorkshire. We decided to take our youth fellowship for an evening walk in a country park. We didn’t realise they locked…
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