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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

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Updated 29.11.20:
Further to the latest Government announcement, the churches in our Benefice will re-open for public worship on 2nd December. December services will take place as planned but please check this website for any changes/updates.

Sunday 29th November 2020
Advent Sunday

 10.00am    Morning Prayer via ‘Facebook’ with Revd Sue

 Please use the following link to access the service: https://www.facebook.com/Lambfold-Benefice-109774004270866/

 Next weekend (Sunday 6th December), Revd Sue will take a Benefice Holy Communion Service at Maidford at 10am

December 2020

THE RECTOR WRITES
 
I am sure that, like me, if someone had suggested this time last year what life would be
like as we enter Advent this year, you would have found it totally unbelievable!
 
Last year we were entering the run-up to Christmas with the usual expectations of carol
services and Christingles, school Nativity plays and concerts, gatherings of family and
friends, office parties and opportunities to browse around the shops for the perfect gift.
 
This year however there is much uncertainty about how we shall be allowed to celebrate
and as I write this we are in lock-down for the second time this year. Many people are
experiencing unemployment, bereavement, illness, loneliness and anxiety and although
there is now a glimmer of hope of a vaccine on the horizon, as the winter nights grow
darker it really seems as though there is little to look forward to. For most people
Christmas this year will be different and there will be a mixture of joy, sorrow, fear, hope
and delight, as well as memories, both happy and difficult.
 
But whilst we may well be confined to listening to carols on the radio rather than gustily
singing them at a carol service, or watching a tea-towel clad grandchild on Zoom rather
than in real life, there is of course one constant that we can look forward to this and
every Christmas and that is the child whose birth we celebrate; Jesus Christ, Emmanuel
- ‘God with us'. Born as a baby in a humble stable into all the messiness of our world,
through Jesus God entered into our experience of being human with all its laughter and
tears, joy and pain.
 
What we can easily miss is that what happened that day in a dirty Bethlehem stable
actually changed the world and can still change the lives of all people everywhere. What
is important is not that we know a lot of interesting facts about Jesus which prove that
he is the best man who ever lived, but that his life, death and resurrection can make a
dramatic difference to our lives, if we allow him in.
 
So wherever and however you find yourself celebrating Christmas this year, my prayer
is that you will have a blessed and peaceful time and that you will find room for the one
constant, Jesus Christ, ‘God with us', in your heart.
 
God bless
Revd Sue



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