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    Rural Dean's Letter - February 2017
    'Come and See.' Such a simple phrase, and yet one of the most profound in all of scripture. This is God - the creator, the one in whom we all live move and have our being, extending to us a great and gracious invitation. Come and see...


    Rural Dean's Letter - December 2016
    You are by now some distance into your Interregnum. I trust you are finding the journey, if a little complex, not too demanding. I use the word journey because this is what you are on. You are the church...

    Rev'd John Benson's Eulogy
    On October 2nd our Rector John Benson led his last services in the Benefice before retiring to Herefordshire the next day. At his valedictory lunch in Halstead Village Hall on that last Sunday a number of tributes and presentations were made to John and Pat, amongst them this speech of thanks and commendation...

    Rector's Letter - October 2016
    They say that life comes in two parts. The first is when we are all busy "doing" things, being educated, having careers or families and so on. The second part, on retirement, life changes to one of "Being", of reflecting on such things as "Who am I?" and "Where does my life fit into the great scheme of things?" It all sounds a bit far-fetched to me, but I am about to find out...

    Rector's Letter - September 2016
    "There's no place like home!" - so the old song goes. We all need a place where we feel that we belong. Pat and myself have very happily made our home in these villages these last 10 years and it has gone all too quickly...

    Rector's Letter - August 2016
    I am often asked "How much do you charge for a christening?" The answer is a surprise. Nothing! It is completely free. It has to be as it is God's gift of love. I feel that the church has failed...


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