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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

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Reverend Carolyn Oley and the leadership team

AUGUST 2014

As you read this in August I hope that the weather remains as essentially English as it is today - warm, breezy with radiant sunshine. Very few clouds have spoilt the major sporting events, both major and minor over the last month. But the one that caught my eye was the Tour de France. While the peloton, as we have learned to call it, whizzed its way through the Yorkshire Dales in the most perfect weather, the cyclists were impressive but also the crowds. At some points the riders could barely squeeze their way through. The spirit of London 2012 rose again in Yorkshire. Very un-British attributes of enthusiasm and positivity gave an air of celebration. There was a sense of Yorkshire people having a sense of pride but also goodwill -  something of a change in spirit, even a rebirth as even Leeds and Harrogate had managed to bury their rivalries and pull together.

In our churches we also have much to celebrate this year, weddings and baptisms, important times when families and friends come together to celebrate and to witness God's grace. We are also looking forward to some different kinds of events.  On Monday August 4th in St Mary's Church Blakesley, there is to be a service to Commemorate the Centenary of the End of Peace. With music and readings we shall be looking back and reflecting on those years prior to 1914.

On another note altogether, in October we shall be inviting people to join a short course of discipleship called Pilgrim. This will take place in the Old School Hall in Adstone and will allow people to refresh some of the basic principles of faith. Each session will be about the vows that our godparents made for us at baptism and what they might mean now in adult life. The spirit of our villages for enthusiasm and positivity is something to be thankful for but also to be nurtured. It's never too late for a change of spirit, even rebirth. I welcome those of faith and those of none and those who are somewhere in between ....

With love and prayers,

Carolyn

Rector




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