St Mary's Uttoxeter

  • Unmissable Offer!

    1 Jul 2019 • Articles

    To the lovely people in the Uttoxeter Area

    “REVEALED: there are new offers now live! Unmissable offers for the whole family.”

    This is the announcement of one of the promotional emails from a local store that dropped into my inbox today! If only we could use it as an announcement of our Christian faith. At this time of Pentecost the Holy Spirit became available to the disciples- and remains available even through July and August and beyond! Revealed: this offer of power from God is both the new thing that we all need, and the power of God that has been recycled through many disciples. For those of us who lead services, it is an ongoing challenge to ensure that what we say about God is true to the Bible(recycled truth), and newly relevant to our daily lives, and speaks to each member of God’s diverse family.

    Performers are particularly aware of the influence of the audience, a choir singing to a generous enthusiastic audience are much more likely to give of their best. When giving a talk at work it is so much easier to help people if they are open to finding the information useful. Equally members of the congregation can underestimate the influence they have from the pew, and how much difference their friendly offering makes, small kindnesses can have a surprising effect.

    As an Area of Churches working together there are always changes, and sadly we will be saying goodbye to Rev John Jukes and Denise at the end of the summer. We thank them for their ministry in the Uttoxeter Area and wish them God’s blessing in all the exciting new opportunities which come their way in Todmorden, West Yorkshire. Change is always happening; in the workplace, in politics in our family lives, and it can be unsettling and sometimes unbelievably tough. However, whether lay or ordained, we all have opportunities to reveal God’s love to others and to live in this somewhat dysfunctional, but very blessed extended family that is the Body of Christ.

    Through the summer we can hopefully look forward to sunny weather, some holiday time with family and friends and also find some time to pray and reflect on our part in God’s everyday ministry as revealed through the Holy Spirit to us in a changing world.

    With best wishes


    Lucy Toyn Reader in Uttoxeter Area

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  • Refreshment and Recreation

    24 Jun 2019 • Articles

    A seasonal article by Reverend Ann Tarper, Retired Stipendiary Minister

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  • It’s June already!

    1 Jun 2019 • Articles

    It’s June already! We are at the midpoint of the year when the day light hours are at their longest. Most of the school exams are over and our youngsters can feel a little sense of relaxation from the rigours of their academic studies. People are preparing for their Summer break, a time to relax and enjoy some down time away from work.

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  • A Royal Summer

    25 May 2019 • Articles

    A seasonal article by Reverend Ann Tarper, Retired Stipendiary Minister

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  • Billy No Mates

    1 May 2019 • Articles

    Billy No Mates

    When my children were young, I used to take them to the playgroup at the Methodist church in Bakewell. I was the only bloke there and the only person who would speak to me was the leader of the group. Perhaps it was also about my own social inadequacy in being able to strike up conversations, as I sometimes feel equally out of place as often the only bloke at the fostering support groups I now go to once a month.

    So, when I go to funeral wakes’ I usually pick out someone sitting by themselves, or if it’s too crowded, I head out to the social outcasts in the smokers’ area. I almost always end up in an interesting conversation about something. The other week at Tean I got chatting to a chap who moved to Sweden to be near his family and has now built a life there and learnt Swedish by asking what things were called. It can go wrong at times, of course. A few years ago, I took a funeral and at the wake ambled across to a lady with a pint of Ringwood Boon Doggle in my hand and asked how her Dad was, forgetting that I had buried him three weeks earlier. There is also the risk that the last thing someone wants is for a do-gooding Christian-type to strike up a meaningless conversation with them. However, my overwhelming experience is that I have appreciated it when people make the effort with me, and when I make the effort with other people.

    Some of Jesus’ most poignant encounters are when he has been alone with people or talked with people who are alone. The Samaritan at the well, the woman about to be stoned (who Jesus is left alone with), the thief on the cross in a sense was alone and fearful, Zacchaeus is in a crowd but alone up a tree. All of those encounters were uplifting in some way.

    I was coming back from Chesterfield last week, having seen the Spireites achieve a glorious 4-1 victory over plucky Maidstone United. On the way back we pulled over at Sainsbury’s in Matlock and as I waited in the van I watched as a hippy-ish looking lady struck up a conversation with a chap in a sleeping bag sitting outside the store. To be fair, I don’t know whether she was having a pop at him or whether he was telling her to leave him be, but the conversation looked amicable enough and he certainly made no attempt to leap up and whack her with a big stick. Fear and embarrassment is something we have to deal with in these kind of encounters. Fear of the serial killer we may be thinking of being nice to, or anxiety about the weirdo who is ambling across to us with a pint of beer in his hand. ‘Treat your neighbour as you would want to be treated’ may well translate for some as ‘leave each other well alone’, but actually the commandment (and it is a commandment, not a recommendation) uses the word ‘love’, not ‘treat’.

    It is not always straightforward and for some people – like me – it goes against our natural persona. Neither am I going to be going to get holier-than-thou and say I am going to go and have a chat with everybody I see who is by themselves. However, I believe that it is worth the effort.

    Rev Joe.

    Deuteronomy 31:6 New Living Translation (NLT)

    “So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.”

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  • Joyful Eastertide

    24 Apr 2019 • Articles

    A seasonal article by Reverend Ann Tarper, Retired Stipendiary Minister

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  • Magazine Letter April 2019

    1 Apr 2019 • Articles
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  • Holy Week and Eastertide

    25 Mar 2019 • Articles

    An article for Holy Week and Easter by Reverend Ann Tarper, Retired Stipendiary Minister

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  • Adult Messy Church Feb 2019

    Adult Messy Church Feb 2019

    8 Mar 2019 • Articles

    An article summarising the activities at the Area Adult Messy church held on Saturday 24th February 2019 at Kingstone Village Hall

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  • February Reflections 2019

    February Reflections 2019

    1 Mar 2019 • Articles

    February Reflections 2019 - Mo Trudel

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