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Thursday, 28 July 2016

CTE Presidents release statement following France church attack

"Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. (Mt5, 43-44)
Wednesday 27th July 2016
Archbishop Justin and the other five Presidents of Churches Together in England released a statement today following the killing yesterday of Father Jacques Hamel in Rouen, France.
After news of the attack broke yesterday, Archbishop Justin tweeted: "Evil attacks the weakest, denies truth and love, is defeated through Jesus Christ. We pray for France, for the victims and for their communities."
"Le mal attaque les plus faibles, nie toute vérité et amour, est vaincu par Jésus. Prions pour la France, ses victimes et ses communautés."
Read the CTE Presidents statement below:
We are deeply saddened to learn of the brutal murder of our brother, 84-year old priest, Fr Jacques Hamel in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, Rouen, France. That a man of peace who had dedicated his life to serving people could be killed during Mass is testimony to the evil that drives the actions of those who commit such a crime. We offer our deepest sympathy to his family, friends and parishioners. We pray for the wellbeing of those who were taken hostage, their families and the entire community served by Fr Jacques; indeed we pray for the peace of France, Europe, the Middle East and the world for which Jesus, the Prince of Peace, gave his own life.
We call upon all people of goodwill to pray and work for justice and peace. In particular, we implore everyone to help people everywhere to pursue the path of peace and human flourishing – which is the will of Creator God. 
The Presidents of Churches Together in England
27 July 2016
·         Archbishop Justin Welby, The Archbishop of Canterbury
·         Cardinal Vincent Nichols, The Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster
·         Revd Dr Hugh Osgood, The Free Churches Moderator
·         HE Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira and Great Britain, The President for the Orthodox Churches
·         The Revd Canon Billy Kennedy, The President nominated by the New Churches, the Religious Society of Friends (ie the Quakers) and the Lutheran and German-speaking Churches
·         Bishop Dr Eric Brown, The Pentecostal President

Monday, 11 July 2016

Where to find the Nautical Scarecrows

42 Nautical Scarecrows are lurking in our Winterborne Valley and Milton Abbas Benefice - and there may be more coming to join them. Why not go scarecrow spotting and  visit our six parish churches that are looking amazing - all with different sea themes. The flowers are wonderful! We look forward to seeing you - please do sign the visitors book.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Clenston Fete 2016

The very ingenious flying frog game - a must for all gardeners!

Despite rather variable weather and some very heavy downpours of rain, Clenston Fete 2016 still managed to draw a good number of people to this traditional Fete, held in the grounds of Whatcombe House.

Thank you for all the help that was given during the day in setting up and running stalls and serving teas. It was another successful year and the fantastic sum of around £1502 was raised for St Nicholas Church, Clenston.

The Rector and his wife popped in on their way back from a local wedding.