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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

The Vicar's Monthly Message

02/07/2018

Dear everyone,

Itís wonderful to be able to introduce myself as your new Vicar. As I write this letter, we are
surrounded by boxes in the vicarage, but by the time you come to read this I shall have been inducted as Rector of the Maund Group of Churches, and hopefully will have made some good headway on unpacking!

As you have probably heard, Rosie and I have two young boys Ė Jack and Ben who have recently turned 4 and 1 respectively. Jack is very excited about starting at St Michaelís School in September. Rosie and I share a background in music. Before ordination I was a planning officer and church organist at Holy Trinity, Bosbury. Rosie and I met in Dublin when she was singing at Christchurch Cathedral there. We were married at Bosbury in 2011 and lived in Malvern Wells. However Jack was born while we were living at Ripon Theological College, Cuddesdon; Ben while I was serving my curacy at the Bartestree Cross Group of Churches and we were living at Withington. So there has been quite some journeying in
our background!

Christian discipleship is often described as a journey Ė walking with Jesus and learning from
him. Indeed one of the most moving stories I find is of Jesus appearing to some of his disciples after the Resurrection on the Emmaus Road. The disciples talked and talked with this stranger before it was revealed to them in the breaking of the bread that it was their Lord, teacher and friend Jesus. We can learn much from spending time with people on the journey. Iím rather keen on walking, so while we are looking forward to settling down as a family with you, please donít be afraid to strike up a conversation while I am out and about!

Iím very much looking forward to getting to know the parish and find out what exciting things God is doing day-by-day in the community here. At the time of writing, it is too early to say exactly what church services I will be taking where on which Sunday. But I will certainly be leading the Group Church Service at St Maryís Church, Marden on 29th July at 10am. It would be lovely to see you there as we gather from all seven churches to worship together.

I am hugely grateful to all who have worked so hard to support the work and life of St Michaelís Church over the past year. When a parish is waiting for a new vicar, many of vicarís responsibilities land in the laps of the churchwardens, and so I should express my particular thanks to Vivien Moffitt and Tom James-Moore for all they have done since Revd Heather Short retired. And I look forward to the next stage of our journey together.

With every blessing,
Paul

 

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