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Deborah Mcdonnell

From the Rectory – Horizons

The holiday is over and it’s time to return to work. A few days ago I was walking Norfolk coastal paths, enjoying wide-open vistas of marsh and sea.  Now the horizon has shrunk to the wall at the...

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Toilet Twinning

The benefice Home Group has sponsored a toilet in Malawi which is now twinned with the toilet at St Mary's in Coddenham. The organisation, Toilet Twinning, sponsors toilets in places throughout the...

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From the Rectory – Shadows

It was a glorious morning; the sky was blue and the sun shining.  On the half-open dining-room door was a distinct, but unfamiliar, shadow.  The pattern of vertical bars was clearly the window...

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From the Rectory – Food

Where does my food come from? Whether we grow our own, shop locally or take delivery from the supermarket; we take it for granted that food is available.  Yet at the same time, I only have to look...

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The Church Tower

This afternoon, discussing repair work for a church tower, I pondered, what purpose the tower?  Many are the repository of bells.  Some hold the village clock or sundial.  In border or coastal...

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Contrast – From The Rectory

Last night I drove home as the sun was setting: a large golden orb on the horizon, infusing the surrounding clouds with a fiery glow.  It was a glorious sight.  Minutes earlier, I had looked across...

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FREE Social Media Training

Are you interested in promoting community events or activities using social media? If you are running a Facebook page or are about to set one up for your organisation then this series of social...

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A Time to Remember

As part of the global prayer movement, Thy Kingdom Come, there will be a benefice service focussing on remembering at Creeting St Mary Church at 2.30pm on Saturday 15th May.  At 3.30pm St Mary's...

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From the Rectory – 3 Days

The Cross, the Day After, the Empty Tomb [Suggest you read one day at a time, starting with Day 1 as Good Friday] Day 1 – The Cross  On the afternoon of the first day, I came to the cross.  Although...

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Farewell to Sylvia

Sylvia Harris's funeral will take place at St Mary's Church on Wednesday 24th February. Unfortunately, due to Covid 19 restrictions the funeral service is limited to invited guests only. Many...

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From the Rectory

Simeon said to Mary, ‘This child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel – and a sword will pierce your own soul too’ – Lk 2:34, 35 On the wall above my desk hangs a small picture of a...

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From The Rectory – Prayer

Along with a growing number of communities across the country, we have decided to suspend all routine physical services for safety reasons. Our church buildings remain open for occasional activities...

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Darkness – From the Rectory

For unto us a child was born; in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. (John 1:4) With these words I began my Christmas reflection; closing from the same passage with: The light...

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Thank you Coddenham

The East of England Co Op Band and St Mary's Church would like to thank all those that supported their recent event. Band members braved the cold to play at 4 sites around the village.  Mulled wine...

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Let’s Get Coddenham Singing!

Doorstep Carols Wednesday 16th December at 6pm Organised by local radio stations to raise money for local charities.  To get Coddenham singing all you have to do is tune into BBC Radio Suffolk...

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Listen – From the Rectory

Last week I reflected on the prophetic voices we hear in the Old Testament. Although we believe that many of these words were fulfilled in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, I closed with...

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Coddenham Advent Window Trail

The village advent window trail will 'go live' on Tuesday 1st December. Organised by Maria Dixon there will a new window decorated every day in the 24 days leading up to Christmas.  The trail...

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Advent Sunday

  ‘Go from your country, your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you’. (Gen 12:1) Advent, and normally our Christmas preparations are in full swing by now.  Over 2000...

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From the Rectory – Christ the King

November is drawing on, and with it the Church’s year is drawing to a close. Next week is Advent Sunday and our annual cycle begins again.  In the coming weeks our attention will be drawn to a babe...

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Christingle 2020

As we are unable to hold Christingle services this year, the local churches would like to invite families to take part in a Zoom Christingle service on Sunday 29th November at 4.00pm. Christingle...

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Joy in Sharing

How quickly things change.  This time last week I began my reflection with the words The sun is shining, the air is warm and still. Looking out of the study window this afternoon the air is, once...

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Harvest Gratitude

  The sun is shining, the air is warm and still.  It still looks like summer but the nights are drawing in and, despite the sun, there is a nip in the air.  Autumn is here. The fields around us...

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It’s Not Fair!

 IT’S NOT FAIR Last week our Gospel focussed on forgiveness, and in particular how God’s willingness to forgive us should motivate us to forgive others.  This week we move on to the wider but...

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Forgive – from the Rectory

  It has been a glorious day.  Dry, calm, quiet; just right for a good walk. So, the Rectory has been closed and Mary and I have been walking.  A change of scenery, a good pub lunch, catch up...

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Listen – From the Rectory

Listen (Isaiah 51:1-5) Before reading this, pause a moment and listen.  What can you hear: the sound of traffic, a clock marking the half-hour, a moment of silence?  Living alongside a main road it...

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Wonders of Creation

North Bosmere Benefice Service Sunday 23rd August at 10.30 am. For the whole family and your pets. To join this zoom service email reader.ruthdennigan@gmail.com.  

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Weeds – from the Rectory

 Weeds While they were asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat.’  (Matt 13:25) The dictionary says a weed is a wild plant growing where it’s not wanted.  On that basis weeds are not in...

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From the Rectory 21 June

From the Rectory 21 June - ‘What troubles you Hagar, Do not be afraid?  (Gen 21:17) This week’s readings are troubling.  In a world of tension and fear, of exclusion and inequality we look to the...

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Peace – Rev. Philip Payne

From the Rectory 14 June 20 – Peace ‘Since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.’  (Rom 5:1) It’s raining.  Through the study window I see a leaden sky and...

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Thy Kingdom Come via Zoom!

Thy Kingdom Come via Zoom! Will the schools open or not? Will we be allowed to visit family anytime soon? Will holiday plans have to be cancelled? I think that sometimes the lack of certainty is...

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