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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

MAY 2016

Reverend Carolyn writes....

One of the stumbling blocks of our time, it seems to me, is that we don't trust anything without hard evidence to support it, and preferably without the proof of our own eyes. There was a time of course when human beings did not believe in the movement of the earth, for one good reason, noone could see it move. Just so we believe ourselves to be independent and free, making our own decisions. Yet the world around us, the time we live in, the insecurities that always seem to affect "other people", have a great affect on our lives.

In our churches we are still celebrating Easter and the season goes on until May 15th! That day is the Festival of Pentecost, the time when Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to be with us for ever. Now there's a challenge to our powers of reason. Most people know about Jesus rising from the dead, but many have long ago denied the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. We tend not to realise our total dependence on the Love that lives and breathes among us. We have no idea what our world would look like or indeed feel like, without the Love that keeps it all together in spite of all we do to tear it apart. The proof lies not only in the ancient scripts but in what the church calls communion with God, the many opportunities that we have throughout our lives to receive divine love for ourselves and to see for ourselves its goodness, for us and for everyone.

As I write, I am looking forward to being back in circulation after my recent surgery. Many thanks to each of you who sent me cards and gifts. I can honestly say that each one was a help in my recovery. I am very grateful for your kindness.

Love and prayers,



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