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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 (designate):

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

30/08/2020

Dear Friends

It has been a joy to be able to re-open St Michaelís Church at the end of August. It was great to see some of you there at our first service in ten months! September will herald even more services and we hope to have a harvest festival service in early October (keep an eye on our noticeboard and website (www.maundchurches.org.uk). However, there is no escaping from the fact that the re-opening of parts of our national life has been difficult and has felt strange. We all long for a time when we can return to normal - not least those of who like singing hymns and carols!

At St Michaelís there are some changes in personnel afoot. Tom James-Moore and Vivien Moffitt are retiring as our churchwardens. On behalf of the whole congregation I would like to thank them for their tireless efforts in the smooth running of the church over so many years. At our Annual Meeting at 7pm on 9th of September in the church, Sue Hack and Margaret Minchin will stand for election as new churchwardens. Any person living in the parish is eligible to vote in this election, and I do invite you to come and support Sue and Margaret and hear more of our work.

We are in a critical phase of the life of St Michaelís - the recent floods mean that we are embarking on the major task of flood resilience and repairs to the building in order to secure it for this and future generations. Details will follow in further magazines, but if you feel you could help in any way or would like to find out more, please do contact me or our churchwardens.

Life does seem to be full of challenges at the moment. We donít know how long we will have to wait until a vaccine marks the beginning of a return to more normal conditions, but this period has shown how important the local individuals, organisations and businesses are. During lockdown, Sharon in the Garage, Roland at the Post Office and our pubs did excellent work in keeping us fed and the Bodenham Watch team did so much for those unable to leave their homes.

In the 1960s, a Japanese theologian, Kosuke Koyama, wrote a book, Three Mile an Hour God. He noticed that the average speed that human beings walk at is three miles per hour. This is the speed that Jesus walked, when he lived among us... walking and talking from place to place; building relationships with those around him. Love has a speed, Koyama says, and that speed is slow. And I would add that this love is also local.

My prayer is that when we do return to whatever normal will be, we will have learned to value, support and invest in our localities - be that relationships, business, agriculture... the list goes on!

In the meantime, I hope to see you when Iím next walking out and about in the village

With every blessing

Paul

 

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