The Badminton Benefice

Vicar's Letter May 2017

Dear Friends,

After a heady Easter, here is something practical and simple.

If like me, you are always losing your parish magazine just when you need it, and do not have time to negotiate the website to find out what Church services are on a given Sunday, then I have just discovered a handy little trick that anyone with a mobile phone  or ipad can do. 

This is the iPhone/iPad version, Android will have something similar.

  • Open up the page http://www.badmintonchurch.org.uk/services in your mobile browser.
  • Tap in the menu at the bottom of the screen on the icon which looks like a rectangle with an arrow coming out of the top of it.
  • In the grey icon bar just above the Cancel button, scroll right till you get to “Add to Home Screen” and tap it.
  • Give the new link a suitable name – “Church Services”.
  • Click the Add button at the top right of the screen.
  • Now if you look at the home screen you will see a new icon with the Gold “B” on the blue background and the words “Church Services” below it. When tapped the icon will take you to the Services page of the website.

On a spiritual note, I hope you will find time to ask for God’s blessing on your gardens, crops, fields this ROGATIONTIDE which is on Sunday 21st May.

With my very best wishes,

Richard

Rev. Richard Thomson, Vicar

Telephone: 01454 219236
E-mail: revrichardthomson@gmail.com

Please contact me for arranging Christenings, Weddings or Confirmation.

Vicar's Letter April 2017

Dear Friends,

With the approach of Easter and Spring well in the air, can I invite you to Church to celebrate the great story of our faith. Easter bunnies and eggs abound as these symbols of Easter fill the shelves of the supermarkets. 

The Easter egg represents the risen Christ breaking out of the tomb. Or as some would have it, the stone being rolled away by the angel. And the rabbit represents an egg-laying hare that lay coloured eggs.

Both symbols have interesting genealogies which stretch back in time, but they help us to reflect upon the great and deep joy of Christ’s Resurrection.

Why does Easter matter?  Because if Christ is risen from the grave, then we all have reason to hope that Heaven does exist. Secondly, it means that Jesus is not just a prophet, but the Son of God, who has given us what the Bible calls ‘Salvation’. That means that our lives are not confined to the worldly cycle of birth and death, but we have been liberated. We are set free.

All people are welcome to come to Church. The Confirmed are taught that they should receive Holy Communion at least three times a year: at Christmas, Easter and on one other occasion.

Easter Communion may be taken any time within the season of Easter. If Easter Day itself is difficult, come over the next seven weeks of the season of Easter (till 27th May).

I look forward to seeing you.

With my very best wishes,

Richard

Rev. Richard Thomson, Vicar

Telephone: 01454 219236
E-mail: revrichardthomson@gmail.com

Please contact me for arranging Christenings, Weddings or Confirmation.