News from around the Benefice
Join us this Lent, 2024, as we reflect on Jesus’ message of healing and hope and how he demonstrated the need for walking with those on the margins and those who find themselves facing injustices. Meeting in the Chapel, Wick, every Tuesday in Lent from 7pm – 9pm. Beginning on 20th February.
Our Ash Wednesday service at St Bartholomew’s church, Wick 7pm, 14th February 2024. All are welcome.
We welcome Rev Elaine Jones as the new Priest in Charge of Wick, Doynton and Dyrham and Pucklechurch and Abson. We celebrated the licensing of Rev Elaine to her new ministry at a service at Doynton Church on 7th February at 7.30pm.
Goodbye to Rob Stewart Rev Rob Stewart has finished at Wick, Doynton and Dyrham. We thank him for many years of faithful service. He is moving, with his wife, Jane, to near Derby to be closer to family there.
Christmas in our villages was possibly the best I have seen over the years I have been in this area: not only were all the services very well attended but many other events took place around the village; carols and an overall feeling that joy was being shared. Watching children cook (ok, burn) marshmallows over a fire in winter is always something that warms my heart…
Life, it would seem, has settled down after covid and the lockdowns. Which now begin to seem such a long way in history, though the arguments continue. Wars abound and almost everyone is forced into taking sides in every argument on the planet. The story of Christmas is that this is not the way it was intended to be. Peace and goodwill are what the season calls for as we recite the story of nativity. Leading up through Advent to the babe in the manger…
We have a new Incumbent on her way! The Revd Canon Elaine Jones announced as Priest-in-Charge of Pucklechurch and Abson, Wick with Doynton and Dyrham The Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol, is delighted to announce that the Revd Canon Elaine Jones has been appointed Priest-in-Charge of Pucklechurch and Abson, Wick with Doynton and Dyrham in the Kingswood and South Gloucestershire deanery. Prior to her ordination Elaine studied occupational psychology and worked as a social researcher carrying out consultation on behalf of local authorities. Ordained in 2010 in Liverpool Cathedral, Elaine has … Read more
The unexpected, unfamiliar sound of a landline telephone ringing insistently through my house produced genuine fear and anxiety in my three-year-old granddaughter. No doubt it was also my reaction, leaping up with urgency to try to get to the phone before it woke her little brother from his nap – too late! I can still see the anguish on her face – it took several minutes to calm her down and comfort her. And there was no actual danger……
One of the abiding memories I have of my mother was that she was incredibly timid. She was scared of everything! She didn’t like going places on her own – indeed, she didn’t do it. On one occasion she wanted to see a film showing at our local cinema, A Night to Remember. On this occasion I was the chosen one. So, off I went to see this film with her. It was released in 1958, when I was 9 years old. I didn’t know what it was about before I went — afterwards I never forgot…..
With all the changeable weather and scary news stories going on, I decided to look back at a previous newsletter. Autumn 2020 when all was so much more frightening. Covid had closed the church and we were going into “lockdown”. I am sure that, back then we would have been just a little scared (if we were honest) and unsure….
On April 15th, fighting broke out in Sudan between two generals, one army and the other the leader of the RSF. Just two men fighting for power and control….
Well, it’s all about the Coronation, isn’t it? A once-in-a-lifetime event. Regardless of our personal feelings about the institution of monarchy, it is worth commemorating. There will be a church service to celebrate it on Sunday 7th May, at which we will be joined by our friends from the Chapel. Do consider….
For as long as humans have been able to communicate, we have told ourselves stories in an attempt to explain the mysteries of life, the suffering that is an unavoidable part of it, and the certainty of its end. These stories help us to remember; they teach us and guide our behaviour. And there are ….
The signals we give each other are important — they can lead to joy or sorrow. Of course, sometimes we give signals we didn’t mean to; or, just as bad, we give signals that are misunderstood. I learned a long time ago that in all communication, it’s not what you say that counts, it’s what they hear! So, there I was sat at the……
You probably think it is too late to mention the New Year in the February edition of the Parish news. However, I write just after finding out we have just been through “blue Monday”, when it seems we are all at our lowest after the Christmas festivities, the cold and wet and possibly the first credit card bill of the year. This got me to wondering…..
Having been away for the last two months, I came back to the UK to be faced with Christmas already being pushed in the shops, in the TV adverts, and people beginning to plan for our annual celebration. It is so good mid- winter to have time to celebrate. “This year, we stand for joy. We are The Chri…..
I am sitting in my study, fresh conkers in the display bowl, wondering how much any of remembers from 2019. The year that feels like yesterday! Out human memories…
The Queen is dead; Long live the King. I’ve been on holiday for the last couple of weeks. I was asked to write the Letter for this magazine some time ago. I knew it was something that I’d be thinking about whilst I was away. For such a letter at this time of year, with Harvest Thanksgiving Services, it was obvious that I would reflect about Harvest, Creation and our care (or lack of) of this planet – our home. But in those few days that I’ve been away the whole world has…..
Wick is officially green! St Bartholomew’s Church has been awarded the ECO Church (AROCHA) Bronze award. Now we need to start working towards the Silver award.