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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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MARCH 2019

IMPORTANT NOTICE

New Church Electoral Rolls
New Church Electoral Rolls are being prepared for all the parishes in our Benefice. Anyone wishing to have their name entered on the new Roll, whether their names are on the present Roll or not, should contact their PCC Secretary (see below for telephone numbers)

Blakesley: Mary Barnett (01327 860585) or Paul Parsons (01327 860316)

Farthingstone: Sue Doust (01327 361482)

Litchborough: Christine Rodhouse (01327 830350)

Maidford: Alex Wiffill (01327 860464)

Adstone: Romayne Wood (01327 860399)

 

RECTOR’S RAMBLINGS

The season of Lent is nearly here again, and having spent much of the last month number crunching attendance figures etc for Diocesan Statistics returns- which will no doubt be filed and lost in the midst of some computer system, to be forgotten and never see the light of day again - all of that set me thinking and reflecting on one of the great parables of Jesus, from Matthew’s Gospel ‘The Parable of the Sheep and the Goats’ (Matthew 25v31-46) often, and somewhat negatively referred to as one of the parables of judgment. However I prefer to look at it in a more positive way, because effectively it’s a parable about community of looking out for others, of doing the decent thing. Over the centuries the subject matter has been expressed in various ways in countless works of art. Two examples will suffice (both of which can be ‘Googled’ if you are interested) Caravaggio painted a remarkable version of it in his ‘Seven Acts of Mercy’. In a church in York (All saints North Street) there is wonderful depiction of the key point of the parable in stained glass- in the appropriately named ‘Acts of Mercy Window’

But what really strikes me about the parable is perhaps going to surprise you coming from a Rector but here goes. Nowhere in that parable does it focus on questions to do with worship or attending church. It just focuses on the key factors of human action and decency towards each other. As I say ‘having spent much of the last month number crunching etc….’-does it really matter if the % of attendance figures are up or down?

What really matters is how we interact with one another, how we look out for one another, how the Church (with a capital C) should be outward looking, and not inward always worrying about minutiae of attendance figures and the like. So if you want a very simple Lenten rule, or want to take on something, rather than giving up something, for the forty days of Lent then set yourself a little challenge, : ‘What simple act of kindness, mercy, of neighbourliness can I do for each of those forty days of Lent?’
I am sure we have all heard of the tale of, ‘Everyone, Someone, Anyone and No-one’
“There was an important job to be done and Everyone was sure that Someone would do it. Anyone could have done it, but No-one did it.
Someone got angry about that because they thought that it was Everyone’s job.
Everyone thought that Anyone could do it, but No-one realised that Everyone wouldn’t do it.”

Fr Tim





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