The Parish of Freshford, Limpley Stoke and Hinton Charterhouse
February is not the favourite month for most – there are small signs of spring yet the winter persists! It’s also a leap year so we have an extra day! I am always puzzled why 2nd February is officially for some in the church, the end of Christmas as it is the presentation of Jesus in the Temple (as a very small baby) also known as Candlemas. For me it all seems to be over by the 6th January! Then suddenly on the 18th we are into Lent as Easter is very early this year.
Have you managed to do dry January, or kept your New Year’s resolution still? If you didn’t then you could always try the six weeks of Lent, somehow shorter than a whole year! We so often set up ourselves to fail! We try to measure up to something that we think we should do – we may even be brave enough to tell others about our intentions, then if we fail, we feel guilty that maybe we didn’t try hard enough. As if there were not already too many expectations we are bombarded with from society, how we should look, what we should eat, even what sort of vehicle we should drive, that it is impossible to juggle what we think society expects let alone our own commitments.
I love the freedom to know that God demands nothing of me except to live a lift worthy of Christ who loves me. Leading up to Christmas last year we looked at how God has a good plan for us to succeed if only we trusted in him and sought to live our lives in accordance with that commitment to love him. This sounds a bit of a co-out! That he will lead us and forgive us if we trust in him, but living a truly authentic Christian life is not an easy option! Seeking to live well and to follow in the footsteps of Jesus is a tall order, though he does promise to be with us in this quest.
No one likes to fail, Romans 12 urges that, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12 verses 1 and 2) So not to seek to be like the world but to be like Jesus will help us find that perfect plan God has for us! That’s why I say it is not easy being a Christian, others are looking to see if you are true to your commitment!
I want to know what God wants me to do, so I will have to lean on him to do this. I do hope and pray February is not too difficult for you all and that something good comes out of a dark winter month. Mike
So what is the pattern of our services in February 2024?
4th February – 10.30am Morning service in St John’s, Hinton Charterhouse
11th February – 10.30am Morning Communion in St Peter’s, Freshford
18th February – 10.30am Morning Communion in St Mary’s Limpley Stoke and 4.00pm Family Focus in St John Hinton Charterhouse
25th February- 10.30am Morning service in St Peter’s, Freshford
3rd March – 10.30am Morning Communion in St John’s, Hinton Charterhouse
Wednesday Mornings 8.30am at the Old Bakery.
Please join us as we pray for the parish. Pam Southam
Midweek Holy Communion service *
At St Peter’s Church, Freshford on Wednesday 28th February at 2.15pm
* This will be an informal service using more traditional language and pre-consecrated bread and wine. The service will last for approximately 30 minutes.
Wednesday afternoons – Tea, cake & chat
Please do come and join us in the Old Bakery on Wednesday afternoons from 2.30 – 4.30 for tea, coffee, cake and chat. Everyone is very welcome.
Ladies Wednesday walking group
The dates for this year are the 6th of January, 7th of February, 6th of March, 10th of April, 8th of May, 5th of June, 10th of July, 7th of August, 4th of September, 9th of October and the 6th of November. December date to be decided nearer the time. Debbie Ashcroft
Monday Zoom sessions
If you don’t get out much and feel like a chat, a small group of us
zoom together for 45 minutes on a Monday morning. To give it a try,
please contact Penny Jones on email@example.com.
List of contacts
Rectorymike@gmail.com Tel 01225 723570 (Day off Friday!)
Churchwardens St Peter’s, Freshford
Roland Birchby firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01225 723432
Debbie Ashcroft email@example.com
Steve Ashcroft firstname.lastname@example.org
Churchwarden St John’s, Hinton Charterhouse
Karen Roberts-Wray (Grattage) email@example.com Tel: 01225 729364
Churchwardens St Mary’s, Limpley Stoke
Kathy Tucker Kathltucker.firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 07883 301500
Richard Hutchinson Richardloshhutch@aol.com
Debs Jones email@example.com Tel: 01225 720347