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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

Life in all its fullness

Dear friends,

As you will have seen from the front cover, in more detail on our centre pages of our parish magazine and on a dedicated page on this website at the end of this month we have a very special weekend. The Bishop of Gloucester, the Rt. Revd Rachel Treweek and four curates, Sarah Todd (who was with us recently), Helen Caine (from Fairford), Julian Wilson who is Chaplain at the Royal Agricultural University and also runs a family farm, and Steve Godsell who is in the West of Severn Benefice.

The weekend has a lot of different activities and we hope there will be something of interest to a great many people. These are aimed to be great social and community events, but also at each event there will be some input, sometimes a short story and sometimes a full talk, that shows the difference a faith in Jesus Christ make to living in this world.

The title of our weekend ‘Life in all its fullness” comes from Jesus’ words in John 10:10 - “I have come that you may have life - life in all its fullness”. This does not mean an easy life, but it does mean a life that has purpose, significance and offers love, forgiveness and hope.

I can certainly testify that living as a follower of Jesus does not guarantee a trouble-free life, there are times of suffering and struggle. But I have found since I became a Christian at the age of 14  that trusting and following Jesus makes a significant difference, and helps me keep going and I know that life is ‘fuller’ for having faith. I believe most Christians would echo that. I do hope you will come to at least one of our special events, enjoy it, and find out more.