Learning in LENT

LENT is a great time to take a pause and think about matters of faith and belief, whether you are an established Christian, new to the faith, or just wanting to ’take a peek’ at who Jesus is, and what faith in Him is all about.    So this year we’re running a series of Lent courses and events right across the Benefice.   You’re welcome to come to any event, in your village or elsewhere—you can just turn up.   And each event will be self-contained so you don’t have to commit to the whole series.   We hope to see you soon!

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Blue Monday

February 2019

 

Dear Friends,

After the euphoria of Christmas comes the inevitable dysphoria of January. Apparently the utter nadir is Blue Monday which is the third Monday of January, when the combination of Christmas debt, broken New Year resolutions, low motivation and the cold weather coincide to make for the perfect mood buster.

I certainly felt the same as I stepped off the aeroplane to a cloudy and cold Heathrow Terminal 2 after having spent nearly three weeks in sunny Zambia. We had a good holiday. We had such hot weather that three of our sons got sunburnt to varying degrees. We ate fresh fish from Lake Kariba. We met my sisters whom I hadn't seen for some time. We saw wildlife that is unique to Zambia. So, as we landed, all these experiences suddenly seemed like they had happened a lifetime ago. It was an unpleasant jolt to my system to go from Lusaka to Heathrow in a matter of hours. And it wasn't even Blue Monday yet.

To my chastisement, I remembered how last winter, I had encouraged parishioners at Silver Service to be thankful even for British weather and not be quick to complain. As hard as it is to believe, the weather that we get is a gift from God. For all things comes from him. As bad as the weather is, Heathrow certainly wasn't submerged under the Indonesian tsunami. But more than the gifts of this world, Jesus Christ, the gift of Christmas is not just for Christmas. He was given as a gift to the world at Christmas but to be enjoyed all year round. So, may you (and I) find the true joy of Christmas that is not just for Christmas. The joy that comes from receiving the eternal salvation of God by faith in Christ.

May you have God's joy on Blue Monday and every other Monday.

Kind regards,

Helkias Mapimhidze

Fundraising for St Leonard's Church roof in Bledington

We would be most grateful, as you do your Christmas shopping that you go through this portal http://bit.ly/2Bu3JQn. You will be able to shop from many online shops but by doing it through this gateway, it enables us to receive a donation at no extra cost to you, which will be useful for the restoration of the roof of our church in Bledington. Every penny counts, so we appreciate whatever donations we get from purchases made this way.

Many thanks.

Bledington PCC