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JANUARY LETTER FROM THE RECTOR
AND NEW BEGINNINGS
Christmas the Christian world celebrates the birth of the child
Jesus, through whom, in due course, many new possibilities come to
birth. A new Vision of God; a new way of living together; a new
understanding of the dignity of human beings, made in the image God.
If Christmas celebrates the birth of new possibilities, the New Year
traditionally gives us an opportunity to follow up on some of those
possibilities, in the making of New Year's Resolutions. And this
year one of those resolutions might be to explore how the seeds sown
at Christmas might come to fruition in our own lives; what they
might come to mean for us, and for the world in which we live.
Frith, the Bishop of Hereford, has offered to come and hold a
Confirmation Service here on the morning of Sunday, 4 March. In
Church of England terms, that's an invitation to anyone who's
interested to come and explore what Christ and the Christian faith
might have to offer us and the world around us. A brother and sister
from Mathon and a couple preparing to be married at Cradley have
already begun to explore these things. If you'd like to do the same,
with no necessary commitment to follow through as far as the public
commitment of Confirmation, do please get in touch with me. The
invitation is to all from secondary school age upwards. Whether
you're twelve or ninety-two, it makes no difference. And if you've
been through this before, but would like to take a 'refresher':
that's perfectly possible too.
statistics for the Diocese of Hereford show how the year 2015 - 2016
saw an increase in the number of people attending our churches,
beginning to reverse an earlier trend. If we're not seeing the same
thing in our own parishes, could that be because we've offered too
few invitations to people to come and find out more?
a story about an elderly lady who left her local church, and when
the Vicar asked her why, she said: 'Because nobody there does
anything about animal welfare.' The Vicar replied, 'Not now you've
left, they don't!' In other words... if you have concerns and
enthusiasms, if you can see glaring gaps in the things we in the
local churches take seriously, or do anything about: come and bring
your concerns and your enthusiasms inside. Come and be part of the
change you'd like to see, in the Church and in the world. Maybe your
presence is just what's missing!.