I hope you are having an enjoyable and rewarding celebration of Christmas and the New Year.
The Newsletter discussions continue about whether it will be possible to re-launch Across Exmoor, or something similar, at some point. The earliest realistic date for this would be an April 2018 edition. Until then at least, and perhaps from now on, I will publish a Benefice Newsletter. Items for the newsletter, to be included where space allows, should be emailed to the address below*, or posted to the Rectory, or phoned in to me. Details wanted are date, venue, time, event name and descriptive word (whist-drive, craft club, coffee morning, etc) and if you would like, your name and contact telephone number. Space is limited to the back page but I will do my best to include all local events of interest.
A thought for January: One of the aims of the church is to offer space – for reflection, a pause for thought, a chance to dream. At the Grenfell Tower service in St Paul’s Cathedral the Archbishop of Canterbury spoke about the infinite value of each person.
A society in which each person is afforded infinite value may seem like a dream. One reflection on the Grenfell Tower disaster was that the residents of that tower, along with other marginal members of society were undervalued. The response to the disaster shows that when the results of ideology, politics, economics become embodied in individual stories, individual faces, then ideas, policies, strategies can appear in a different light. The key message and experience of Christmas is ideas of God, holiness, value embodied in a human being, a vulnerable baby, whose birth sheds light on the meaning of life for shepherds and kings, for the marginal and the privileged, for all of us. The churches offer us this opportunity to reflect, pause for thought and dream in this light, the light of Jesus Christ as we enter 2018 and the possibilities and opportunities this new year may bring.
On 28th January the Benefice Communion for the feast of Candlemas will offer the opportunity to reflect again on this theme of the light of Christ. Candles are blessed at this service to take home as a reminder of this light throughout the year.
Please bring a candle to be blessed or make one from the kits provided during the service.
Rector of Exmoor Rev. David Weir 01643 831330
Benefice Reader Mrs Mary LeCoyte 01643 851399
Benefice Curate Rev. Nicola Butt 01643 841713
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