January 2018 Vicar's Bit

Newness of life in 2018 Vicar’s bit: Revd John Longuet-Higgins


Christmas brings in the theme of newness of life with the birth of our Saviour, God “born again” as one of us. Newness of life is God’s good news to one of us on Easter Day as well. So, the saying of “Happy New Year” has a deep resonance for people of faith. Where are signs of new life in our Benefice?


Revd Steve Newnes and Anna Venables. Steve’s surname is a give-away. He will be with us on placement in January, part of his training as an assistant curate at Brockworth. Steve comes with lots of experience in chaplaincy. I’m holding an “open house” on Thursday 4th of January 10.30am at the Rectory. Do come along to meet Steve. Anna Venables has been a Reader at Tewkesbury Abbey. As we currently have no Readers its with great delight Anna joins our ministerial team at the start of February. Anna in the meanwhile is dropping in on services so you might well have met her. She also comes with extensive administrative gifts, for she has been the Tewkesbury Deanery secretary and their Mother’s Union rep.


Revd Jayne Webb no longer now feels “new” to Hartpury Methodists. Anglicans and Methodists (and anyone else) are warmly invited to our first joint Benefice “Quiet Day” at Rudford Church & School Rooms Thursday 25th January from 10am to 3pm (including a simple lunch). If you want to come along, please let your churchwarden/leader know. We shall be coming with as few cars as we can, parking is sparse. And then on Sunday 29th January at 3pm we are holding our first “Churches Together” service at Hartpury Church. This is so we can join in the international “Week of Prayer for Christian Unity”.


On Monday 22nd January 7pm at Hartpury Old Chapel we are holding a “Dementia awareness” evening. This is led by Revd Nina Summerfield. We all can be more informed about this challenge. Please do join the Benefice Council (who have invited Nina) and the Local Ministry Team. There is no booking needed.


Lastly our delight in newness of life is celebrated by Bryony and James Biddlecombe whose second son Oscar (brother to Toby) is baptised at Corse Church 12 noon on Sunday 14th January.


Happy New Year.

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