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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


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Mrs Vivien Moffitt 01568-797379
Mr Tom James-Moore 01568-797330


In the aftermath of the flooding of the Church, services will be held in the School until further notice.

The Vicar's Monthly Message

24/11/2019

Dear Friends

As the shortest day fast approaches, it is unsurprising that minds have turned to light over the centuries at this time of the year. Putting the clocks back at the end of October only puts off the inevitable temporarily. In the Christian tradition, this time of year begins with Advent, the preparation for the coming of Jesus – the light of the world – at Christmas. Sunday by Sunday a new candle is lit in the advent wreath until the Christmas candle in the centre is lit at Christmas Eve. A moment to greet the Christ child. Epiphany follows Christmas when the stories of Jesus being recognised as the light of the world are remembered; from the three Kings, Jesus’ baptism, culminating, at the season’s end, with the aged Simeon at Candlemas as the days begin to lengthen once again.

Thinking of Jesus Christ as light is not simply a seasonal thing. He is with us in the darkness of illness, fear or grief, bringing healing and comfort and illuminating the way forward. In the psalms the word of the Lord is described as a “a lantern to our feet” – not enabling us to see our journey from beginning to end, but helping us to see enough to take the next few steps. This Christmas, when the world can seem dark and confused at times, the greatest gift we can receive is the light of the Christ child in our lives. With our church currently out of action, remembering this light in the gloom is yet more valuable thing.

Details of our Advent, Christmas and Epiphany services are available on this Website; we do hope to be back in church for our midnight mass service on Christmas Eve and our service on Christmas Day, but at time of writing we are still awaiting a formal survey. Please do keep an eye out for notices, on the NextDoor app, on this Website or on https://www.achurchnearyou.com/ for more details. However, wherever we are it would be wonderful to see you over the festive season to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

With every blessing

Paul

 

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