We've got a beautiful churchyard at St Peter's Church. Sometimes its nice to just sit there and take in a bit of peace and quiet or to take a gentle stroll through the ground.

 In recent years many have revived the ancient practice of prayer walking. Sometimes this simply involve walking round a community pausing to pray for peoel who live in the houses you pass, for the shops and business, the schools and other things you walk past.  I sometimes like to do this as I walk around Rawdon bringing our community to God in prayer.  

Sometimes in our Churches, and in our communities, and in politics  there can be an ideological battle between traditionalists and  those who seek change, between radical and conservatives.   Because we all have different temperaments it can result in us "taking sides"

But there is a third way.  In the church "tradition"  is simply what the Holy Spirit did and taught us in the church in the past continuing to echo down the years. It adds richness, continuity  and means we don't have to learn everything anew in every generation. But the same Holy Spirit continues to speak and work in the church today.

At this time of year we begin to wish each other Happy Christmas .  And maybe we start to dream of a Happy Christmas. The family gathered  round the Christmas tree, Christmas carols , children excitedly opening their presents, a wonderful family meal together. A glass or two of something convivial, partying with friends. But all to easily it ends up instead with the kids arguing with their brothers and sisters, stressed out parents,  feeling fat and bloated and wishing you hadn’t had that last mince pie or last drink – and a nasty credit card bill a month later !

We are a mixed bunch..
 
Some of us are conservative by nature. We don't much like change. We like to know where we are in life. We like things to be predictable, we like routine.
Some of use are dreamers and visionaries. We look to the future not the past.   

 Our New Vicar thinks about what sort of welcome we give..

We are friendly people and we'd love to hear from you. You can contact us by phone or email. You can call in at the Parish Office in the Church on Tuesdays or Fridays or call at the Vicarage on Layton Avenue. You can find us in Church on Sundays. You can chat with us on Facebook or Twitter. Or you can send a message from this Website

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