The Badminton Benefice

Vicar's Letter October 2017

Dear Friends, 

You may have kindly donated to the collections we have made from time to time for the local Foodbank.

We have decided to stop collecting as most supermarkets now seem to have a collection point and it seems unnecessary for us to reduplicate it.

However, I hope you will continue to respond generously to the various appeals eg  the emergency appeals for the Hurricane devastation.  I am sure more appeals will surely follow, sadly.

The maxim of ‘each according to his/her ability’ seems to be appropriate in reflecting on how we respond to such appeals.  We are as Christians called to be generous and to assist those in need. Generosity is a good indicator of how free we are within ourselves. And some of us are frequently put to shame by the generosity of those who have much less.

Ultimately, all we have comes from God – and of course one day, we will have to let go of everything. So, it is important to practise letting go, and to give in such a way that we can be proud of ourselves and of what we have given.

With my best wishes,


Rev. Richard Thomson, Vicar

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