St Mary's Church, Marston Magna

Newsletter from the Vicar

The Rectory

January 2018

 

It is very strange writing 2018 for the first time. First of all, thank you for all the lovely Christmas cards. I love enjoying them hung from a ribbon with tiny gold and silver pegs. I feel quite sad when the decorations come down on Twelfth Night. I then get out the hyacinth bulbs which have been under the stairs and am reminded of the coming of Spring and longer days. This leads us to Easter and the celebration of more hope as we remember the Resurrection of Jesus.

 

The New Year brings in the last of the Twelve Days of Christmas, the First Sunday of Christmas and then four Sundays of Epiphany. At the Feast of Epiphany, 6th January, we remember the Magi or Wise Men coming to greet the Christ child. I have had lots of cards this year depicting the Wise Men. This will be celebrated with an Epiphany Carol Service with the Benefice Choir, to be held in Mudford at 4pm on Sunday 7th January.

 

The next important date in January is Sunday 21st when the Benefice Project for 2017 is officially ended. Mike and Kersten Wakely from Starfish Asia will be coming to tell us how the money has been used. Starfish Asia is a registered charity which seeks to bring Education and Hope to the poorest children in Pakistan. Lots of fund raising activities have been going on across the Benefice and our target of £1500 has more then been doubled. I think the fact that we have been kept informed of how exactly the money is used makes a big difference and when you know money is not going into administration. A little money spent in Pakistan goes a long way. A Big Thank You to all who have made the Benefice Project of 2017 such a success.

 

I wish you all a very Happy and Peaceful New Year of 2018

 

Revd Barbara Stanton

 

If you need to contact us, please visit one of our websites:

http://www.mudfordchurch.org.uk/ http://www.marstonmagnachurch.org

or ring or email Revd Barbara on 01935 850745 barbaracosham15@gmail.com

 

The Home Study Group will meet on Wednesdays, 10th & 24th January and 7th February, at 7.30pm at Bill & Helen’s house, 1 Forge Cottages. We will be studying ‘Wind of the Spirit – Aspects of Celtic Christianity’. For more information, please ring Bill on 850859 or Jo on 427049, who will also be happy to help with arranging lifts to the meetings.

 

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