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Welcome to the website of
The Lambfold Benefice

A group of five Anglican rural parishes

in the geographical centre of England

Reverend Carolyn Oley and the leadership team

Please note that Reverend Carolyn will be away on annual leave from 10th to 31st August. Reverend David Painter will be taking services in her absence.

Reverend Carolyn writes...

During these summer days I am thinking about hospitality,  that welcome that we give to  friends coming over for a barbeque or to stay for a meal, or to family just calling in. In our churches we have been welcoming guests to weddings and baptisms. The dictionary defines hospitality as "an instance of cordial treatment of guests or strangers".

Thinking back to the tragic events that effected us all,  surrounding the holiday makers in Tunisia, I think it would be easy to have missed the hospitality given at great cost by the Tunisian people to complete strangers. A civilian skipper during the unfolding massacre, steered his ship into gunfire to save vulnerable lives. Staff from the hotels were found running towards the beach as the tourists were trying to escape. Local doctors and ambulances arrived before the police put an end to the bloodshed. Tunisians have shown what hospitality looks like when it is fortified with courage.

In all of our churches we are becoming more aware of welcoming both friend and stranger. At last we have managed to get churches open so that they can be places of sanctuary during every day, not just Sunday. I am also working to place a welcome leaflet into each church, explaining what our churches stand for, the overwhelming generosity and love of Jesus Christ. It is His welcome that you will find, His hospitality for you to enjoy.

With love and prayers,





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