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April 2012

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March 2012

 

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And once again it’s Lent. By the time you receive this magazine the season will have begun – in our benefice with the Ash Wednesday Eucharist on February 22nd. But as usual we shall be following a Lent course in Church. During a celebration of Holy Communion on Wednesday evening we have an array of speakers from within our Diocese, each bringing a different insight on their work as part of the Mission of the Church

December 2011 & January 2012

 

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Last Christmas

I gave you my heart

But the very next day

You gave it away

 

November 2011

 

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            As I write, Stone’s Food and Drink Festival has just been completed for another year – and what a magnificent weekend it was this year! Spurred on by some unseasonably warm and dry weather, the numbers in town seemed to exceed all expectations! I know that one year at least 22,000 were expected to have visited – and I would be surprised if records were not broken this year

October 2011

 

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            In the last magazine Michael Harding (our much appreciated format editor) pointed out that the timings of production meant that nothing was to be found in last month’s issue about contemporary events, such as the riots that began over August: Although rather “stale buns” by now, it also stirred me to action.

September 2011

 

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            As I write this I am happily contemplating having our annual summer holiday in a few weeks time – although it will be all over by the time most of you are reading this! I confess that this year has been rather fraught as regards this: the plans are to visit the Greek island of Zakynthos – and there has been concern about the fate of the currency, much deeper austerity than we are suffering! And added to this my family & I have been rather unwell since before Easter! We are looking forward to the rest

July & August 2011

 

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Lawrence Austin

 

            You will all know, by this time, that Lawrence sadly passed away at the North Staffs Hospital on Sunday evening 15th May. His had been a relatively short illness, just 11 weeks from start to finish: as well as being a great servant of the Church, our Town has lost one of its great characters – and our love and prayers go to Jean, David, Kevin and Jane and all their families as they adjust to life without him

June 2011

 

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            The news has been dominated by two events in the last couple of weeks: one was the Royal Wedding, the other was the death (execution or assassination, depending on your point of view) of Osama Bin Laden, the self-confessed leader of Al Qaeda. One may get a little tired of the dominance of both these in the news (my newspaper dedicated 11 pages for one and 15 for the other!) but there is no doubt in my mind that both are deeply significant

May 2011

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            If you have ever seen the film “Jurassic Park”, then you will know that the re-creators of the Dinosaurs believe that they have been very clever: they have brought back the megabeasts of yesterday in such a way that they, and only they, can control them. Specifically they believe they have arranged things in such a way that they cannot reproduce outside of help from their laboratory. Of course things go terribly awry and a seminal moment is when they discover a “nest” of dinosaur eggs that isn’t supposed to happen. One of the main characters reflects “Life always finds a way!”

April 2011

 

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            Are you feeling brave?  Probably not – after all, anyone that begins by asking “Can I ask a favour?” usually puts us on our guard. As Clergy we are often warned about people that begin by asking you to keep total silence about something they are going to tell you: although the seal of the confessional binds, if it is a crime (say, child abuse) that they are about to confess, one has a legal duty to protect those who are in danger