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Rector's Ramblings  -  Frozen

For us in Derbyshire, last winter was a good one: little or no flooding, no snow or prolonged periods where the temperature remained below freezing.  For the farmers in particular it made a welcome change from recent winters.

I don't know what the weather will be like when you are reading this, but at the time of writing, it is quite cold - the temperature dropped to about -3 last night and it took a while to de-ice the car this morning before going out.

Winter is often seen as a time for nature to take a breath.  There is little growth when the sun's rays are limited and the temperature drops.  Even the winter barley seems to stop growing for a few weeks.  In our towns and villages and churches, compared to the madness that is the run up to Christmas, there seems to be very little happening.  Sometimes it's good to take a 'breather'.

But actually, there is, and can be growth in winter.  I can already see some buds which have formed on some bushes outside the kitchen window.  Their potential to burst into bloom is evident.

As we march forward into the new year, Christmas soon begins to seem like a distant memory. But it's message of hope, joy and peace is one that might be waiting to burst into bloom. The cold, dark days of January needn't be a time of stagnation if we attend to our souls and allow the warmth of God's love, revealed to us in his Son,  to bring growth: growth in faith, growth in hope and growth in love.

Our feet might be frozen, there might not be much in the way of growth around us, but God's love can cause our hearts to bloom, bringing warmth and light to the dark days of winter.

May God bless you this New Year, and throughout 2015.

Rev Phil Michell


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Mon Feb 26 @12:00PM - 01:00PM
Lent Lunch
Tue Feb 27 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Lent Course
Wed Feb 28 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Mothers' Union Meeting
Mon Mar 05 @12:00PM - 01:00PM
Lent Lunch
Tue Mar 06 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Lent Course
Wed Mar 07 @ 1:15PM - 01:45PM
Funeral of Raymond Denning
Fri Mar 09 @ 7:30PM - 08:30PM
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Mon Mar 12 @12:00PM - 01:00PM
Lent Lunch
Mon Mar 12 @ 7:15PM - 09:00PM
Deanery Synod - making your buildings work - loos and shops
Tue Mar 13 @ 1:00PM - 01:30PM
Memorial Service for Richard Edminson
Tue Mar 13 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Lent Course
Wed Mar 14 @10:15AM - 11:15AM
Hulland Home Communion
Wed Mar 14 @ 1:00PM - 02:00PM
Funeral of Flora Dawkins
Wed Mar 14 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Atlow APCM
Thu Mar 15 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Messy Church meeting
Sat Mar 17 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Hognaston Church Coffee Morning
Sat Mar 17 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Hulland Spring Fair
Mon Mar 19 @12:00PM - 01:00PM
Lent Lunch
Tue Mar 20 @10:00AM - 11:00AM
Hulland School Easter Service at Church
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Mid Day Med