Letter from the Rector


As I write this letter, I am planning for the month of September and looking toward the autumn season with Harvest, Remembrance Sunday, then on to Advent and the Christmas seasons. However, September is upper must in my mind at the moment.


September, for many people marks the end of the school holidays and the start of the new school year, it also shows the steady change of the seasons from summer to autumn. Some people will see it as the slow slog toward Christmas. For me September will be an exciting time, as our benefice engages with the diocesan ‘One Life’ weekend 13th – 15th September, when the Archbishop of York and sixteen other Bishops from across the other eleven dioceses of the Provence of York will be visiting Southwell & Nottingham. The general aim of the One Life mission is to encourage people to engage with their questions about life, and to talk about the hope that is found in Jesus.

Our involvement in this mission will be centred on the ‘Worship in the Woods’ event on Saturday the 14th starting at 11:30am, there are also various events taking place with our three primary schools between the 13th and the 17th September.


As a continuation of the One Life mission we will be conducting a nurture course called ‘The Bible Course’, this will start on Wednesday the 18th September in the Parish Centre at 7pm and run for eight sessions. The course will give an overview of the bible, connecting the themes and the various books to reveal the greatest love story ever told. No matter where you are in your journey of faith our in your knowledge of the Bible this course is likely to be of some benefit to you. So, if you would like to learn more about the Bible, God, the universe and Life as we know it and the love of Christ, please come along to the course, even if you cannot commit to all eight sessions, there is some value in attending any one of the sessions.


Please pray for the ‘One Life’ mission and the subsequent nurture courses that will be taking place across the diocese. Pray that God will open hearts and mind to receive the good news of the Gospel and grow in the knowledge and love of God.


The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.


Rev Mark

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