As you may know Michael Last who was priest in the five villages north of town and Martin Tanner from St Mary’s have both left the Deanery. Consequently because of a lack of other options the Bishop has made me Rural Dean. I think that here we have a great opportunity to grow our cooperation with the parishes in our area. We have seen over the last few years many different projects come about because we have chosen to work together. Recent examples are the Foodbank, Job Club and the Nativity play in town.
This Lent is an opportunity to work with these other parishes in our annual Lent group. In the past we have done various courses, but this year I thought we could read a book together. The diocese has recommended Archbishop Welby’s Dethroning Mammon. This book looks at our relationship with material things. How we in the UK love stuff more than people and how this has had a negative impact on our community.
The idea is to split the book up into small chunks and read them over the six weeks of Lent. Then come together four times to discuss what our impressions of the book may have been.
The book group will meet on Monday nights at 7.30pm 6th March, 13th March, 27th March and 3rd April.
Details of ordering the book will be on the notice sheet and I hope we will find it helpful.
Fr Hywel Snook