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St Michaels and All Angels Church, Bodenham The Chancel, St Michaels and All Angels Church, Bodenham


Welcome Pilgrim to St Michaels and All Angels Church, Bodenham

The Lytch Gate, St Michaels and All Angels Church, Bodenham
Welcome to St Michael and All Angels' Church, Bodenham

Rector: Revd Paul Roberts 01568-797863 / rector@maundchurches.org.uk


Churchwardens:

Sue Hack 01568-797129
Margaret Minchin 01568-797848

For latest details of services please see: https://www.achurchnearyou.com/church/10424/



The Vicar's Monthly Message

23/04/2021

Dear Friends,

Dominican monk and great thinker, Meister Eckhart once wrote “Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.” I don’t know about you, but sometimes it feels to me as if, whether I am willing or not, however hard I try at things, I still only possess the skills of a beginner. Be it chess, simple car mechanics or instantly recalling people’s names, practice does not seem to make perfect!

Of course, what this 13th Century philosopher and theologian was actually trying to encourage in his readers was a willingness to learn, a yearning to be endlessly fascinated and to a desire to persevere in all we do. He was also warning us about the pitfalls of complacency and cynicism that can hamper our progress in a chosen field or, frankly, in life in general.

To be a beginner every single morning is also to have a fresh start each morning too. In Eastertide we live in the season of fresh starts; a season where, with Jesus’ resurrection, darkness and decay are transformed into new life and new hope through God’s healing love. Such new starts can be infectious, and I know from speaking to people that this long year of restrictions and anxiety has given new opportunities to explore meaning in life and to take tentative steps on the path of faith.

Here in this benefice, we have a number of “new starts” in the offing. In July we will welcome a new curate, Natalie Jennings, who will be learning how to be a vicar with us; Christine Cattanach will be joining us during this month in Sutton St Nicholas as an Intergenerational Missioner as part of a project with the parishes of Withington and Lugwardine. We will be beginning a series of consultations as to the way forward for St Michael’s Church here in Bodenham and we will also be introducing a series of new healing services in the benefice, particularly associated around the St Ethelbert link we have in Sutton and Marden. (First service at Marden on 20th May at 6.30pm). Finally, we are hoping to offer confirmation classes – junior and adult – for those who wish to explore their faith towards confirmation. At this stage we are awaiting guidance as to when confirmation services can be held, but if you are interested on your own behalf, or have a child aged 10 or above who would be interested, please do register you interest with me (rector@maundchurches.org.uk or 01568-797863).

John Keble was another great thinker. He meditated on fresh starts and on God’s grace in his hymn, New every morning is the love. In this hymn’s second verse he wrote:

New mercies, each returning day,
hover around us while we pray;
new perils past, new sins forgiven,
new thoughts of God, new hopes of heaven.

I pray that you may be blessed with new thoughts and new hopes this month,

Paul

 

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