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

The Vicar's Monthly Message


Dear Friends,

I wonder who was the last person who encouraged you? As time goes by, I find I value those encouragers among us more and more. If, like me, you suffer from finding that things get on top of you from time to time, words of encouragement from friends or family can make a huge difference.

Encouragers existed throughout history. The 11th June marks St Barnabas’ Day. Barnabas (“son of encouragement” in Hebrew) was not named among the twelve apostles, but he emerged in the Acts of the Apostles as one of the most significant of their number. He sold his estate and gave the proceeds to the Church and clearly became a leader. He was described as a Levite from Cyprus so, like his friend St Paul, was from the Greek world rather than Palestine. He introduced Paul to the leaders of the Church in Jerusalem and was sent to Antioch to encourage good relations between Christians and non-Jewish converts. According to tradition he was martyred in Cyprus in 61 AD.

In England, St Barnabas was long associated with hay making. His feast day fell on the longest day of the year, before the change to the Gregorian calendar: “Barnaby bright, Barnaby bright, the longest day and the shortest night” as the saying went. In medieval times therefore this saint received prayers to protect hay and grain crops against hail. Barnabas was therefore often depicted with a hay rake.

However, I still prefer to think of him as the patron saint of encouragers. This world is in grave need of more encouragers and wherever people meet together there is the opportunity for us to support and encourage one another. So if you see me around, do feel free to give me a word or two of encouragement, and I will do likewise! One opportunity will be at the Bodenham Church fete on 15th June at 2pm – it would be lovely to see you there.

The fete will also be an opportunity to find out more about new ways of supporting Bodenham Church and indeed about our Weathervane Appeal (see separate notice under ‘Local News’).

In the meantime, may God bless you and your haymaking this month,


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