Parish News is a monthly magazine covering the 10 villages which make up the Easters, Rodings and Great Canfield.
Our editorial team produces an 80 page magazine for the months, February, April, June, August, October and December covering church news, reports from village groups and details of events coming up, plus a whole range of articles of general interest. On alternate months, January, March, May, July, September and November the team produce a 40 page magazine which is predominately church news with a variety of contributions.
Parish News is a subscription magazine and costs £10 for the year (12 editions), which includes delivery to your door! Or you can buy individual copies from the churches or local shops and pubs at the face value of £1.20. All proceeds from Parish News go towards helping to fund our 10 parish churches.
We are most grateful to all those who give of their time to produce and distribute the magazines each month. And we are especially grateful to our local businesses who choose to support us by taking advertising space.
If you would like to know more about the costs of advertising in the magazine, or if you wish to submit an item for inclusion, deadline 19th of the month, or if you would like to receive a copy of Parish News please get in touch via the contacts page on this website.
The vicar’s letter for March 2021 is below.
This March will begin with us well into Lent. Lent is a time when we often give up things as part of our spiritual preparations for Easter. Last March we had to give up meeting in Church just before Mothering Sunday, and as my birthday also falls in March I had to give up a family party. It looks like this March we will be making similar sacrifices. We are again not holding public worship services as we wait for news of the lifting of restrictions, and until we are permitted we continue to have our church and family gatherings via zoom.
Knowing how things will turn out as the vaccines enable a return to a more integrated community life has got many people feeling perplexed. We are now being asked to consider the ongoing impact of the virus. Covid-19 has hit us hard and it looks like things will never be the same. Covid-19 has forced some massive changes in our world, nation and communities.
Whist acknowledging the pain of loss, and the shock of economic downturn perhaps we also need to remind ourselves that not all change is bad. If we maintain the deeper sense of community and keep going with caring for neighbours then all will not be lost.
At the end of March we will be marking Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week, that precious week when quite literally the whole world changed. The change involved death and anger, fear and mourning. Jesus knew his arrival in Jerusalem would provoke a storm at the heart of Israel, and that when it was all over nothing would be the same. But it wasn’t all bad.
The glorious truth is that Jesus death enabled everyone to step into the presence of God, to know forgiveness and new beginnings. The cost of this change was enormous, the death it brought about was tragic, but the gift that death released in the world sent ripples of change down the centuries. Ripples that saw people learn that God truly loved them, and they could become the people they were meant to be. Because the Easter story is so familiar, we often don’t see the enormity of what it meant. Why not spend a little time this lent asking yourself “What difference would it make if I truly lived like I could walk into the presence of God and know I had nothing to fear?”
That is what Lent and Easter can prepare us to do.
Every blessing, Revd Robert Stone