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Rector’s Letter October 2015

Posted by on Sep 30, 2015 in Articles, Thoughts | 0 comments

Dear friends Such is the speed of events that by the time you read this, no doubt the situation will have moved on considerably, but as I write this Europe is in the throes of its biggest refugee crisis since World War II as tens of thousands of people are on the move from a heady cocktail of war, extremism, oppression and poverty; and as our Bishop, Nick Baines has said, our government is right in seeking to respond to the crisis with both head and heart – the head because a fair, just and compassionate long-term solution has to be found; the heart because many of these refugees have...

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Clergy Letter April 15

Posted by on Apr 12, 2015 in Thoughts | 0 comments

Dear all Easter is fast approaching and for me this is the most significant part of the church’s year. This is because without Jesus’ death for our sins on the cross and his victory over death on that glorious Easter morning, there is no Christian faith and the church is pointless – as St Paul says in 1 Cor 15:17 &19, ‘If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins… 19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.’ But because Christ has indeed been raised, the sting of death has been drawn, it has been...

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Rector’s Letter March 2015

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in Articles, Thoughts | 0 comments

Dear friends I often find that one of the biggest challenges for a church is to make sure it communicates well with its members so that as many folk as possible know what is happening and can feel a part of things; and this challenge becomes greater still when there is more than one congregation, as is the case with us here in Bilton. Therefore it seems a good idea to put pen to paper, or perhaps more accurately fingers to keyboard, to inform/remind you of a number of important matters. However before I go any further I want to say thank you to everybody for the warm and ongoing welcome...

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Clergy Letter Feb 15

Posted by on Jan 26, 2015 in Thoughts | 0 comments

Dear all As I sit down to write this article the Vicarage is full to bursting with our daughter Emma’s friends, up for the weekend to celebrate her 21st Birthday. And of course we have been looking back over the years and calling to mind all our favourite memories of her – at least partly to embarrass her in front of her friends! But our overwhelming feeling this weekend is gratitude for the gradual transformation from tiny baby to confident, mature and beautiful adult with so much still to give to the world. But what if somehow through her own choice she hadn’t changed or matured...

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Clergy Letter – January 15

Posted by on Dec 29, 2014 in Thoughts | 0 comments

New Year….New You? “You are what you eat” Dear Friends, As I write this it is early December. By the time you read this it will be early January. I’m trying to picture how much I may have eaten in those few weeks….I shudder! Following the excesses of Christmas ( “excess” being a challenging word when we consider the need of so many!) the New Year is often a time for many to consider their lifestyle. It is by far the most popular time for people to join a gym! If we want to be physically healthy, we need to have a balanced diet. In this day and age, we are reasonably well educated about what...

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Letter from Simon

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Articles, Thoughts | 0 comments

Dear all Thank you so much for the really warm welcome Fiona and I have received as we have moved into the Vicarage. We are very much enjoying living in Harrogate and our two dogs, Tally (female Cocker Spaniel) and Skipper (male Labrador) just love the wonderful walks around here. As I write it’s only three days until I officially become your new rector. It’s been a bit of a long wait given that I was interviewed on 19th June, so I am very much looking forward to starting ministry amongst you and in particular getting to know you better as we begin our ‘partnership in the gospel.’ There is a...

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