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 44 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 gratful 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 November 2021 is below.
There is a theory that multiple universes could exist in which our different choices shape alternative futures. We could perhaps muse on what future might have unfolded if the Guy Fawkes and the gunpowder plot had been successful. Would we be a Roman Catholic Republic that had bonfires and fireworks each November to celebrate the end of monarchy and the Church of England?
The multiverse theory makes for good fiction novels but will probably never be scientifically tested. It does however make me reflect on the choices we make and how they affect the lives we live. I often tell wedding couples that the word love is most often used as a noun to name the wonderful feelings we feel for each other but in the Bible the word love is actually a verb that describes actions and choices we make which build up each other.
Saint Paul wrote “Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
Choices and actions that lead to happy marriages, happy families and happy communities. But these are also the choices and actions of God as he reaches out to us in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
Jesus taught that there are only two proper responses to the love shown by God which are to love God with all our being and love our neighbours as we love ourselves.
I wonder what this universe we live in would be like if we truly did this.
Rev’d Robert Stone