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The Assistant Curate writes......

The Assistant Curate writes ........

 It has been said that most people fear public speaking more than death. On this logic, if you were therefore to shoot Chris or myself before we got up to preach you would be doing us a favour. As you can see, this argument does not necessarily work. But it is certainly the case that most people fear something. Whatever we may personally fear- dogs, spiders, David Dickinson; the great fear that I find most people confront in their lives it the fear of death. More specifically, people fear their own deaths. One of the most difficult and unsettling things people find about funerals is that it is frequently causes those who attend to uncomfortably reflect on their own mortality. In the last eighty years or so, the progress of modern medicine has meant that people have not had to encounter death with the frequency of previous generations. Death is now an interruption to the pattern of life rather than a defining feature of it. And in some ways this has made encountering death unknown or a rarity for many people through much of their adult lives. When death is encountered, people are thus quite unprepared for the feelings and thoughts it creates about their own finitude and their own, inevitable, end.

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From the Rectory

cwEaster: no reproach………….just peace.

 Easter is certainly coming early this year. It seemed that we had only just started the new year before lent was upon us, our churches were bereft of flowers, and the long six week wait had begun until 31st March when Easter Day is celebrated. And celebrate we shall, with a service in each of our Team churches that Sunday! 

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The Assistant Curate writes ........

tomatfieldWhen asked who he thought was the best Christian ever, Rowan Williams was expected to offer the name of a famous saint or holy person. Instead, he said he thought it was an old lady who lived down his road as a child. His answer might surprise us because we live in a world which judges the merit of an endeavour by the measurable results it produces. In some areas, this gets rather bizarre. My experience of being a teacher was that it mattered more to my school that I could produce exam results than whether my pupils actually learned anything. Anyone who has worked for a public service or in a large company could probably share similar stories.

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From The Rectory

Happy Christmas – from "The God of Surprises"

Now then, when you are asked,” What do you want for Christmas?" - do you reply,

 “I know just what I want ... !"

or

 “Go on….Surprise me!" Read more: From The Rectory

A New Year’s Ramble with God

First of all may I wish you all a very happy New Year. I know that for some of you, 2010 was overshadowed by personal tragedy, and I am sure you are glad that it is over. For you, I hope that 2011 will bring in some way, a form of peace and reconciliation. And for those of you who sailed through on a wave of euphoria, I hope that your state of well-being continues for a long time to come. Whilst for those of us for whom last year was the usual bag of mixed blessings, I hope that next year's mixture is rich in content, yet balanced in distribution!

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