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Dear Friends

     As many of you will know, this is my last magazine article written as the Assistant Curate of the Ewelme Benefice, as Malcolm, Beth and I move this summer in order for me to take up the post of Rector of Bourton-on-the-Water with Clapton and the Rissingtons. Interestingly, it is also the first article written under that new title, what with the recent inauguration of the Ewelme Benefice with Bishop Rachel on the 24th of June, which joined together the Parish of Dursley and the Parish of Uley, Owlpen and Nympsfield. So a number of beginnings and endings are upon us and I suspect many of you will also be in the midst of change in your own lives in various ways.
     Points of change tend to bring mixed emotions; often we feel both sadness for what we are leaving behind and yet also an excitement for what is yet to come. I will certainly miss all those of you I have got to know over my time here, and yet I also look forward to meeting the new communities I will join. Change is both unsettling and transforming - and also inevitable!
     Through Scripture and through our experience God speaks to us about change. God does that a lot because change is built into nature and into life. Spiritually, God calls us to lives that grow; in which we explore and discover new things, in other words change. From the very beginnings of our faith, from the day Abraham answered God's call and changed his life forever by going off into the unknown, change has been built into the life of faith. The pattern of Jesus: of death and resurrection, calls us to find those points of change in our lives and to find the courage to journey into new places, trusting that there is a deeper life to find.
     Letting former things pass away while new things are being declared is hard, because change is difficult whether we are children growing up or adult people adjusting to new circumstances. But it helps to remember the things of which we are a part that don't change: God’s love at the heart of this world remains constant. We live grounded in that Love when we live lives of love towards each other and wonder at creation; when we live the hope that a deeper, richer, joy-filled and just life is always possible no matter what our circumstances. In living this hope-filled and love-centred life we can trust that no matter what the changes are, we will find God’s Life in the midst of them.
     And so a blessing for each of you as we journey on:

Blessing and laughter and loving be yours.
The love of a great God
who names you
and holds you while the earth turns and the flowers grow,
this day
this night
this moment
and forever.
                                      Ruth Burgess

Peace and Joy



July 2018

Dear Friends


The gloomiest mountain never casts a shadow on both sides at once.
What is less than a molehill to one, maybe a mountain to another.
O God you can make it tough but don't make it impossible. From Uruguay.

This month we say happy birthday to Mary Jones who will celebrate on the July 27th, Best Wishes and Happy Birthday Mary from all your friends at St Mark's.

On Sunday July 1st there will no service at 11.30am at St Mark's as it is Jane Wood's ordination in Gloucester Cathedral.

Advance Notice. In August St Mark's will only have a service of Morning Prayer on the 1st Sunday which will be BCP and 3rd Sunday which will be CW each month.

With love and prayers

From Marion

Diary for July 2018

Sunday 1st                 No service today (see above)

Wednesday 4th          2.30pm Prayer Group meet in the Omega Rooms

Sunday 8th                11.30am Morning Prayer (BCP)

Wednesday 11th         10.15am Holy Communion.

Sunday 15th & 29th    11.30am Morning Prayer (CW)

Saturday 21st            Open Garden @ 52 Woodmancote

Sunday 22nd              NO service at St Mark's all at St James.

Friday 27th                2.15pm Poetry Reading in the Omega Room.


(Picture above is of the new stone cross alongside the old one before it was installed.)

Church opening

St Mark’s church will now only be unlocked on Wednesdays and Fridays.  A notice will be put on the door directing visitors to contact numbers for those who have keys.  If you want to access the church outside these days, please contact the Parish Office.


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