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The United Benefice of Withington, Sevenhampton with Charlton Abbots, Hawling, Whittington, Dowdeswell and Andoversford, Shipton and Cold Salperton

This month's letter from the clergy

Shapes for Living

Dear friends,

For an extended time in history life in Europe was so chaotic and dangerous it is remembered today as the ‘Dark Ages’. But in a corner of Italy a man had a vision for Christian ‘shapes for living’ in troubled times. His name was Benedict and he wrote some simple and practical guidelines to help people develop the nurturing, securing and sustaining shapes for living that those times so sorely needed.

Benedict’s ‘Rule of Life’ has been used by communities and individuals around the world ever since. It is important to remember that although his Rule is associated with monastic life he originally wrote it for ordinary people seeking to be faithful disciples of Christ in the midst of the challenges and dilemmas of daily living.

Our Lent course this year is a fresh look at having a ‘shape’ which gives blessing to our lives, enabling us to live as God intended - to have ‘Life in all its fullness’.
It is entitled ‘Shapes for Living’ and has been developed by our own Diocese of Gloucester. Each week there is a different theme as follows;

    1 - Relating
    2 - Praying
    3 - Working
    4 - Playing
    5 - Growing

There will be video input from Bishop Rachel, discussion and Bible study. As usual we shall be running parallel courses on Wednesday afternoons (at 1.45pm) and evenings (at 7.30pm). These will be held in the Community Church in Andoversford.