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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

21/02/2021

Dear Friends

There are “tide” marks to be found in at least two of our benefice churches, a clear reminder of the level the river Lugg reached inside these ancient churches. I wonder what things will remind of this time of pandemic and lockdown? Freed from many evening meetings, I’ve spent more time picture framing and model railway building. As a result there is hardly any space in the downstairs toilet at the Vicarage left for pictures, and I have had the satisfaction of undertaking major civil engineering projects from the warmth and comfort of home, albeit 76 times smaller than they would be in real life. I suspect that when I gaze on the fruits of my efforts in years to come, I will be reminded of this strange, difficult and unexpected time.

While these months have provided the chance to spend time in hobbies for some, they have been unrelentingly hard for others. I would like to thank all those in our communities who have worked so hard for us over these months, particularly the staff at our primary school who have been managing teaching in school and online at the same time, and hard-pressed parents home-schooling. The efforts of our surgeries and NHS to roll out the vaccine has also been astounding. I suspect for many, the sight of Zoom or schoolbooks strewn across kitchen tables will forever be a reminder of this time.

We are in the church season of Lent at the moment. A time traditionally associated with self-examination, prayer and self-denial. A time when Christians walk try to walk with Jesus in the wilderness and prepare to remember his passion, death and resurrection at Easter. I’ve reflected over these past weeks that for some, lockdown has provided nothing but an opportunity for self-reflection and for others barely a chance to draw breath. Over these remaining weeks of Lent actively seeking out ways of encountering God in books, art or courses may suit some… trying to make a little space for God may be all that others can manage. However, in both instances, I believe that Jesus has the power to renew and restore us if we ask him. One of my favourite (and frequently drawn on) passages in the Bible comes from the Gospel of Matthew:

“‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’” (Matthew 11.28-30)

As a church community we pray regularly (on Zoom) for all those who live, work and learn in our village. I pray that however you have spent these lockdowns, you may find rest for your soul as we approach Easter together.

With every blessing

Paul

 

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