Vicar’s Letter

Vicar’s November letter

Dear friends, Have you ever answered the phone and someone starts talking to you without saying who they are, assuming that you know who they are when you don’t have a clue? Sometimes this can get more and more embarrassing as the conversation goes on, and the longer it goes on, the more difficult it […]

Vicar’s October letter

Dear friends, I’m not sure if my Mum thinks I have a good sense of humour or if she just thinks I’m a bit annoying. If she asks me a question, I have a habit of answering rather literally whilst ignoring the real (and obvious) question she is asking. For example, I can remember some […]

Vicar’s Letter September

Dear friends, Last Saturday St Stephen’s hosted a Craft Fayre. There were 19 stalls with a variety of beautiful crafts: paintings and pottery, cards and carvings, embroidery and etchings. It was lovely to see the work of a range of local artists. I was impressed with the range and quality of the items available and […]

Vicar’s July letter

Dear friends, I love living in the Forest! I love the wonderful views from Littledean Hill Road or Blaize Bailey across the Severn Valley, from Symonds Yat along the Wye Valley, across the forest from ‘Place’ (the Giant’s Chair at Beechenhurst). I love riding along the Wye Valley from Chepstow through Tintern and up to […]

Vicar’s June letter

Dear friends, Sian and I had a couple of days away last week. We stayed at a Travelodge in Ilminster, Somerset but really just used this as a base to pop down to the South Coast. I love the coast and we try to get to the coast when we get chance. This trip was […]

Vicar’s May letter (Annual Report)

The past year has been another busy year; significant events in the benefice during the year included the second SHINE Conference, the introduction of the Lectio Divina Modus Cinisvadum Bible Studies on a year round basis, the introduction of a regular healing service at St Stephen’s, the growth of the All-age services, the growth and […]

Vicar’s April letter

Dear friends, As you probably know I am a bit of a film fan. When we get chance Sian and I like to watch a movie together. Our tastes are slightly different and so we sometimes have a lengthy discussion before we start watching. We also differ as to how much we want to know […]

Vicar’s March letter

Dear friends, As you may know we had our inaugural Band of Brothers (BoB) Day in February. We had a good day. Cooked breakfast, a packed lunch which we took out to the Forest as we watched a section of the Wyedean Rally, a pie and a pint supper while we watched a movie. A […]

Vicar’s February letter

Dear friends, Band of Brothers is a 2001 TV Mini-Series that tells the story of Easy Company of the US Army 101st Airborne division and their mission in WWII Europe from their initial training to the end of the war. The series is based on the 1992 book of the same name by the historian […]

Vicar’s December letter

Dear friends, Has anyone asked you if you are ready for Christmas yet? If not, they probably will soon. It’s one of those questions that people ask at this time of year. We perhaps ask the question ourselves. It’s the sort of question that’s often asked when someone isn’t quite sure what to say. It’s […]