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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
 
Our Rector, Revd Sue Stanley, can be contacted by email by clicking on the link below, or call her on 01327 341307 or 07983 043284

stanley.thehole@btinternet.com

Updated 18.10.20:

PLEASE NOTE THAT, DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, THE WEARING OF FACE MASKS IN CHURCH IS NOW COMPULSORY. PLEASE OBSERVE ALL THE REQUIRED SOCIAL DISTANCING & HYGIENE INSTRUCTIONS WHILST VISITING OUR CHURCHES.

October 2020

These are certainly very strange times that we find ourselves in as I take over as your Rector in the Lambfold Benefice! By way of introduction, my name is Sue Stanley and I am married to John. We have three daughters, all of whom are married, and a nineteen-month-old granddaughter. I was born and am still living in the parish of Stowe Nine Churches and we will continue to live there with our dog, cat, one remaining hen and two aged Kune Kune pigs, rather than move into the Rectory.

As I write this we are in England just coming to terms with the new Covid19 ‘rule of six' and considering what impact it might have on our lives. Thankfully worship in our churches is unaffected and we are still cautiously doing what we can, but for many people this new rule is presenting all sorts of questions about who can and can't be included in family gatherings and so on. For me one of the most difficult things about lockdown to date has been the months lost of seeing our granddaughter (who lives in Cardiff so locked-down for longer) grow and develop; but it has also opened my eyes to the importance of relationships and community.

We saw a great sense of community in the initiatives which earlier this year sprang up in many villages; collecting supplies for local foodbanks, delivering hot meals to elderly residents and providing helplines for anyone experiencing difficulties and so on. For me this is a vision for the future which we need to nurture; a vision of community and relationship where the common humanity of each person is recognised and where we all stand ready to help our neighbour, not only because they might be affected in some way by Covid19, but because they are made in the image of God; ‘So God created humankind in his image ... male and female he created them;' (Genesis 1:27) and therefore are an individual of infinite worth for whom Christ died. In Africa there is a beautiful philosophy of ‘Ubuntu' which means "I am because we are. I am because I belong. I am because I participate." embracing the notion that humanity cannot exist in isolation and we all need community and relationships in order to exist.

Although I won't be living in the Rectory I am very much looking forward to building relationships and being part of your communities. Obviously the situation at the present time has sadly brought a halt to most of the social activities in the villages - although I did manage to attend a couple of events before the ‘rule of six' came in - so meeting people is going to be difficult. However I hope to be out-and-about in the villages as much as possible and will be delighted to stop for a ‘socially distanced' chat, and of course please feel free to contact me.

God bless
Revd Sue


 




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