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Ministry Team Letter

The Bishop’s Roadshow

Michael Hinman, Reader, reports on the recent roadshow Bishop Donald Allister has led four roadshows across the diocese this year and the local one was held at Greetham Valley Golf Club on April 29th, attended by a fair number of Rutland and district clergy, lay ministers, churchwardens and others. Along with two members of the…

So Much More To Come

Gail Rudge, Licensed Evangelist writes: Dear Friends Isn’t spring the most amazing time? Maybe because Easter was nearly as late as it could be, the season has seemed to just last and last. Beginning almost imperceptibly, we’ve enjoyed waves of different flowers, such a display of beauty bringing hope and newness of life after the cold…

Faith in Action

From David Dyer, Editor of Good News Magazine As I write we are approaching the most momentous and loving act which is the foundation and heart of our faith-the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross and his glorious resurrection. James reminds us: “You see, a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone ….. as the body without…

Dance to God’s tomorrow music today

From Jenni Duffy, Licensed Evangelist On Sunday 29 January we celebrated Candlemas during our team service, and we were pleased to welcome Revd Miles Baker, the Peterborough Diocesan Director of Mission, as our preacher. Some years ago, I was in a teaching session led by Miles where he gave us the following quote: “Mission is…

Resolutions and Challenges

By Robin Robson, Reader I am writing this in mid Advent but when you read it, it will be the New Year. We will have greeted 2017 with joy and slight apprehension. The world has changed over the past 12 months, we have voted to leave the European Union, and that must happen as it…

All Is Safely Gathered In

by Michael Hinman, Reader Apart from the maize and sugar beet, this year’s harvest ought by now to be “safely gathered in,” and congregations have sung “Come ye thankful people, come”. Round here, the rape seed and winter-sown grains were harvested by late August, and of course the hay was mown well before then. The…

Rio 2016

by Revd Janet Tebby, Team Vicar I love the font they designed for the Rio Olympic Games. So graceful and free-flowing. I discovered that every letter has its own symbolism, representing something of the Rio world. You won’t be surprised to learn that the T represents the statue of Christ the Redeemer which overlooks Rio. The views with that…

Come to me and I will give you rest

by Alan Rudge, Reader As I write this it is raining and dull and hardly the weather to think about holidays, sunshine and rest. July and August are the time most of us get away for a break of some kind, although many of us who are retired have more choice! An opportunity to rest,…

Silence is Golden

by Revd Owen Williams, Curate According to The Tremeloes in 1967, “Silence is Golden”. The origin of this phrase has much earlier roots, of course, but its sentiment stretches back for all eternity. There is something wonderful about silence. And yet it seems in our modem existence that silence is more and more difficult to…

Permanent Lent

by David Pattinson, Reader Well Lent is over, and even Easter is Ascending! But, I was recently talking to a wise Christian advisor, who commented that the Christian Life could be described as ‘Permanent Lent’. I am not sure that sounded particularly attractive – all that fasting; never to have chocolate again! My quizzical look must have been obvious, because there followed…

Spread the Good News

by Phillip Hutchinson, Reader The Anglican Communion has ‘The Five Marks of Mission’ – they are an important statement on mission which expresses the Anglican Communion’s common commitment to, and understanding of, God’s mission for all people. The first of the 5 marks of Mission is “To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom”. Good News comes in all sorts of guises,…

Time to move on

by Revd Hildred Crowther, Assistant Priest I wrote my first letter for Good News in September 2008 shortly after I had been ordained Deacon. As we have such a large band of willing contributors, my turn comes up probably less than once a year, so it’s likely that this will be my last letter to…

Love one another as I have loved you

by Alan Rudge, Reader I recently came across a copy of The Economist Magazine which some of you may have also seen. The front cover was very striking. There was a picture of people walking along a barren stretch of countryside and on top was the caption, ‘The Exodus’. I was reminded of the Israelites…

The Worldwide Family of Faith

by Robin Robson, Reader We have just returned from a holiday in Sicily. We flew into Palermo by the kind offices of the no frills Irish Airline. It was dark. Our transport collected us and we set off westwards. Our villa (sounds so grand) was in the hills near Castellammare del Golfo. The drive up…

The Voices that will not be Drowned

by Revd Lee Francis-Dehqani, Team Rector I have just returned from a half-term break with my family near Aldeburgh, my first trip to this most English of places, synonymous with the life and work of Benjamin Britten. I was particularly interested to see the striking sculpture on the beach The Scallop, dedicated to Britten and…

Go Global without the Internet!

by Vyv Wainwright, Reader Just recently at a dinner party I had a combination of Tiramisu, a fine cheese board and a glass of port and then discovered the consequences of such a combination. As soon as I went to sleep I had a weird dream of the world floating in space but the planet…

Right to Vote

by David Pattinson, Reader “I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.” Charles de Gaulle, French President By the time you read this article, you may be just about to vote, or maybe already have voted. You may possibly be “fed up to the back teeth” with all the politicians, programmes,…