Parish News Magazine

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 September 2021 is below.

Dear Friends

Over the summer I met a man called Stuart who has set himself the target of cycling, with his dog in tow, to all 16,400 Church of England churches. When we met at Leaden Roding he was at number 6, and told me that he had given himself the next ten years to complete this massive undertaking. He said “I need to start now because I don’t think there will be that many open after that.”  He may well be right but how can we really know what will happen in ten years’ time. His pessimistic realism however denies the goodwill of God for us.

It reminded me of something I often tell my children:

“Yesterday is history; Tomorrow is mystery; Today is a gift which is why we call it the present!”

Looking glumly into the future robs today of its joy, and potential. The Church of England is struggling at the moment, that is true, but God hasn’t changed, and in his incredible creativity he can renew, and build new things. God’s people must always be a people of hope and not despondency. God says that his mission is to build a kingdom of heaven here on earth, and he does that through all those who will call him Lord. God is not one to fail. The one who turned the world

upside down by making a crucifixion the place of victory does not fail. We can always trust and hope in God. Another favourite saying that reminds me of this wonderful truth is:

“I may not know what the future holds, but I know who holds the future!”

I am hopeful for the future because I know God can be trusted.

Best regards,
Rev’d Robert Stone.