St Mary's Uttoxeter

  • Candles and Cards

    25 Jan 2020 • Articles

    An article about Light and Love by Reverend Ann Tarper, Retired Stipendiary Minister

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  • January 2020 Newsletter

    10 Jan 2020 • Monthly Newsletter
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  • New Year - New Challenges

    1 Jan 2020 • Articles

    New Year – New Challenges

    Happy New Year! 

    Another twelve months have rolled past, and it's a new year, and the beginning of a new chapter in the life of our churches. Well, in the "management" of our mission, with the new Area Team Council meeting for the first time on January 6th. Look out for the challenges from Margaret as she invites us to look for our 20;20 vision, for ourselves, our churches, and our communities.

    But what about something for each one of us to engage with 2020? Hope UK are encouraging us to pray for 20 minutes, on the 20th of each month, at 8.20pm (20;20!), and we have business cards available to help us all remember to do this too. I'm going to try and do this. Will you?

    What will I pray for, in those 20 minutes? Where will I pray? How will I remember to set aside that time each and every month? Will I make some notes to remind me about my prayers?

    However I manage to do it, I know that God will be listening and will be responding too. And I know that He will love me for trying, and for wanting to know more about His love and His ways in this life of mine. And at least I don't need to think of any more New Year's Resolutions now - that's already sorted!

    Please do pray for all this new activity with the Team Council, using the Area prayers for January (which I have also written!) and be supportive, encouraging and interested as we learn to grow more together as an Area.

    Always pleased to see you in person in the Area Office at St Mary's Uttoxeter! Come and say hello.

    Lesley White

    Area Coordinator.

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  • The Season of Epiphany

    25 Dec 2019 • Articles

    An article for Epiphany by Reverend Ann Tarper, Retired Stipendiary Minister

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  • Weekly Newsletter Christmas 2019

    25 Dec 2019 • Weekly Newsletter
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  • Weekly Newsletter 22 December 2019

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  • Weekly Newsletter 15 December 2019

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  • Weekly Newsletter 08 December 2019

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  • The most significant event in our world

    1 Dec 2019 • Articles

    December 2019 Parish magazine letter

    In July 1969 President Nixon proclaimed, “The greatest event in human history occurred when man first put his foot on the moon”. Having got to the moon and experienced it himself on the Apollo 15 mission in 1971, Colonel James Irwin countered this statement with one of his own: “The most significant event in our world is not that man stood on the moon but that God in Christ stood on earth.”

    Space exploration along with many other scientific and technological breakthroughs in recent history are definitely a real achievement to be marvelled at but without the one event celebrated each Christmas where would the world be?

    God planned Jesus’ coming to earth and prepared the way through Old Testament times (cf. Isaiah 9:6 or 53:3-7). By sending his son He showed his love for the world he had created and for us. God chose to come down from heaven to meet us where we are – in the midst of our humanity and all our mess.

    As you hear and read the Christmas story take a minute to see it from the different perspectives of all the familiar characters. Consider the mix of excitement, anticipation, expectation and fear – Fear for what it meant for the future of the baby, those who aligned themselves to him and believed him to be the son of God before he uttered a word.They surely couldn’t have known how huge an impact Jesus would have in his lifetime and far beyond.

    Jesus came to us so we could learn more about God our Father by seeing him through his son’s actions, words and teachings.Without the birth of Christ there is no Christmas to celebrate. Without that baby growing and living among us, gaining followers and showing God’s love to all humanity there would be no Christianity. The power and wonder of that event (recognised by many non-religious writers in the early A.D. centuries as well as the Bible’s writers) has shaped our world and been the building block for other steps.

    Our reactions to the birth of Jesus may not be as extreme as those who lived through the events so many years ago but, as we rush around trying to make that “perfect” Christmas with all its trimmings, presents and social “must” events, we should take time to be wrapped in the knowledge that God sent his son to earth to help us to be who we really should be. What a present to savour and to share!

    Best wishes for a Happy Christmas – Stephanie Goodwin

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  • Weekly Newsletter 01 December 2019

    30 Nov 2019 • Weekly Newsletter
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