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About Stephen

Lay Chair of All Saints' Church Council and Treasurer. Retired Head of University Secretariat at Keele, Secretary of North Staffs Classical Association, Secretary of North Shropshire CLP, former Woore Parish Councillor, & now Vice-Chairman of Woore Neighbourhood Plan Team.

Vicar’s Letter November 2018

As I’m sure you know, Remembrance Sunday this year is extra significant because of it being the centenary of the end of the First World War. Mercifully the guns fell silent at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th … Continue reading

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Vicar’s Letter October 2018

On Sunday 7th October we will be celebrating Harvest Festival and many of us think of tins of beans and packets of cereal and the wonderful display of produce: cauliflowers, ripe tomatoes, stripy marrows and the rest – not forgetting … Continue reading

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Vicar’s Letter August/September 2018

It is a great pleasure to welcome John Beswick Pallister, Laura and baby Matilda to Madeley and Betley.  John will be our Curate for the next few years and our job is to train him to be a good Vicar! … Continue reading

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Vicar’s Letter July 2018

Following in the footsteps of St Cuthbert. In mid May, 12 of us pilgrims from Madeley and Betley walked the 62 miles of the St Cuthbert’s Way from Melrose in Scotland to Holy Island on the NE coast.  We had … Continue reading

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Vicar’s Letter June 2018

Earlier this year, we did a “Prayer Stations” project around church.  Our School children were invited to come and spend time thinking about the world, their lives and God! It was wonderful to see them enjoying the church’s holy space … Continue reading

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Vicar’s Letter May 2018

In May this year we celebrate two vital events in the life of the church: Ascension and Pentecost. The first happens on a Thursday and is often overlooked.  The second commemorates a weird and wonderful event: the coming of the … Continue reading

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Vicar’s Letter Easter 2018

Easter Day this year is April 1st – April Fool’s Day!  And what a day to celebrate Easter! Jesus has been described in many ways: “an inspiration”; “a miracle maker”; “a subversive game changer” – but he has also been … Continue reading

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Vicar’s Letter March 2018

Somebody recently asked me: If Jesus was so amazing with all the healings and miracles he did, why didn’t he just carry on and do lots more and change more lives? It’s a good question. Curing someone with leprosy, restoring … Continue reading

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Vicar’s Letter February 2018

Valentine’s Day (14th February) this year coincides with Ash Wednesday!  And what a combination: both about love! People express love in all kinds of ways: chocolates and flowers, physical affection, undivided attention, acts of service and kindness are just some … Continue reading

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Vicar’s Letter November 2017

One of the privileges of my work is meeting some amazing people – amazing not because they are celebrities or high profile people – but amazing because of what they are doing and how they are coping in the face … Continue reading

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