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At Christmas the Christian world celebrates the birth of the child Jesus, through whom, in due course, many new possibilities come to birth. A new Vision of God; a new way of living together; a new understanding of the dignity of human beings, made in the image God. If Christmas celebrates the birth of new possibilities, the New Year traditionally gives us an opportunity to follow up on some of those possibilities, in the making of New Year's Resolutions. And this year one of those resolutions might be to explore how the seeds sown at Christmas might come to fruition in our own lives; what they might come to mean for us, and for the world in which we live.


Richard Frith, the Bishop of Hereford, has offered to come and hold a Confirmation Service here on the morning of Sunday, 4 March. In Church of England terms, that's an invitation to anyone who's interested to come and explore what Christ and the Christian faith might have to offer us and the world around us. A brother and sister from Mathon and a couple preparing to be married at Cradley have already begun to explore these things. If you'd like to do the same, with no necessary commitment to follow through as far as the public commitment of Confirmation, do please get in touch with me. The invitation is to all from secondary school age upwards. Whether you're twelve or ninety-two, it makes no difference. And if you've been through this before, but would like to take a 'refresher': that's perfectly possible too.


Recent statistics for the Diocese of Hereford show how the year 2015 - 2016 saw an increase in the number of people attending our churches, beginning to reverse an earlier trend. If we're not seeing the same thing in our own parishes, could that be because we've offered too few invitations to people to come and find out more?

There's a story about an elderly lady who left her local church, and when the Vicar asked her why, she said: 'Because nobody there does anything about animal welfare.' The Vicar replied, 'Not now you've left, they don't!' In other words... if you have concerns and enthusiasms, if you can see glaring gaps in the things we in the local churches take seriously, or do anything about: come and bring your concerns and your enthusiasms inside. Come and be part of the change you'd like to see, in the Church and in the world. Maybe your presence is just what's missing!.

Your Rector,

Robert Ward


Mathon Parochial Church Council, 2015