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The Rector Writes... 

 “Christmas is a’coming and the goose is getting fat…” If you remember that verse from your childhood, then you’re older than you look… and so am I!
 
This nursery rhyme reminds us that whilst we have so much at Christmas (… we really do, compared to a lot of other folk both in this country and overseas!) there are so many people who have very little. Jesus said “The poor you will always have with you...” (Mark 14:7) and that’s true, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do what we can to help them.

The “Operation Christmas Child” shoeboxes, which many of us make up to be given to impoverished families at Christmas, is the way many of us show our generosity… or maybe by giving toys through “Toys on the Table” at St Mary’s Toy Service. Whichever way we give, Christmas brings out that spirit of generosity in us. We think of the generosity of God the Father sending his only Son, Jesus, to be born for us in a humble and lowly stable, the child of poor parents, and we respond by giving generously to others in need at this time of year.
 
But… and it’s a big “but”!... do we give because we want to salve our consciences, or do we give because we want to be generous? If it’s the latter… then why do so many of us only give at Christmas-time? Jesus says, “The poor you will always have with you”, and their needs are just as great all year round and not only at Christmas.
 
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The word “generous” means “showing a readiness to give more of something, especially money, than is strictly necessary or expected.” We’re very good at giving “enough” of what we are and what we have… but not “more of something”… and that’s what being generous is about! God gives generously to us… as his people, we should give generously too.
 
In the New Year, across our parish, we’ll be thinking about “generous giving” and especially how we give of ourselves to God in thanksgiving for all he has given to us. Each Church will have a special service or meeting in February, followed by a Team Parish morning on 16th March… please put that date in your diary now.
 
In the meantime, let’s be generous with what we have (and with our time and abilities) towards those with needs over this Christmas season.
As the carol “In the Bleak Midwinter” says:
“What can I give him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb.
If I were a wise man, I would do my part.
Yet what I can I give him, give my heart”
 
kevin for rector writes The Revd Kevin Ashby

Sunrise on Galilee
The Rector Writes... 
I recently led a group of folk on a tour of the Holy Land and it was good and important to meet with real people who are living in what is a land just as divided as it was in the time of Jesus, writes the Revd Kevin Ashby. More ...
horse statue
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It was a great privilege recently to be invited to accompany some of the Animal Defence Centre personnel to the Horses Trust at High Wycombe, and to dedicate a statue in the presence of the Princess Royal, writes the Revd Kevin Ashby. More ...
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The Team Vicar Writes... 
Whatever stage of life’s journey we and our loved ones are moving into this Autumn, let’s pray that we will make it our aim to stay close to Jesus, writes the Revd Dr Mary Barr. More ...
september 2018
The Rector Writes... 
We had some disappointing news the other day… we won’t be having a Curate training in the parish next year, writes the Revd Kevin Ashby. More ...
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The Rector Writes... 
I wonder when was the last time you were enthusiastic about your faith and what it means to you, writes Team Parish Rector, the Revd Kevin Ashby. More ...
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The Team Vicar Writes... 
I’ve been in post as your Team Vicar for just over a year. Now that I’m familiar with what I’m supposed to be doing when and where (well, most of the time!) it’s very enjoyable, writes the Revd Dr Mary Barr. More ...
fowers for may
The Rector Writes...
Well, we certainly can’t get bored with the weather in the UK! At the end of April, within the space of only a few days, we had heavy snow in some parts of the country and then Mediterranean sunshine a few days later, wrties the Revd Kevin Ashby. More ...
church
The Rector writes... 
People so often take our Churches for granted. Those who visit them or come along to weddings, baptisms and funerals have very little inkling of what goes on not only on a Sunday, but throughout the week, writes the Revd Kevin Ashby. More ...
LATEST LENT
The Rector Writes... 
It’s hard to believe that we’re well into Lent and Holy Week and Easter are not so far away, writes the Revd Kevin Ashby. More ...
Lord Grant me Patience
The Rector Writes... 
When I was serving my curacy in Market Harborough a few years ago (!?) my training incumbent’s favourite expression, which fitted his personality perfectly, was “Lord, grant me patience… but hurry!” writes the Revd Kevin Ashby. More ...
The Team Vicar writes... 
“Are you looking forward to the Christmas Tree Festival?” That’s the question everyone’s asking me as I approach my first Christmas in Melton Mowbray, writes the Revd Dr Mary Barr. More ...