The Draycote Benefice
Happy New Year to you all. I hope you enjoyed your Christmas celebrations. The
season of Christmas is often celebrated for twelve days, ending with Epiphany on
6 th January, but there’s an alternative tradition, where Christmas lasts for a full 40
days, ending with the Feast of Candlemas on 2 nd February. Extending the period
of peace and goodwill for longer seems like an excellent idea in our broken and
divided world. January is also time for fresh starts and resolutions. These can be
quite self-centered, but if God is at the centre of our resolutions then there’s a
much better chance of success. Here are some practical ways to let God use you
for his glory.
Listen: Are you making time for him? Are you ready to listen?
Pray: Ask God for his guidance, wisdom, and strength, thank and praise
Serve: Be God’s hands and feet in your community.
Share: Your relationship with Jesus and your testimony are a powerful
witness to your friends and family – let your actions demonstrate God’s
love to the world.
By all means set goals to improve your life, but by improving the life of another,
you might find yourself transformed in the process. The Draycote Benefice faces a
new year without a rector which will present challenges for many of us. Our church
wardens and PCCs are working hard to keep things going. We are very fortunate
to have as valuable support from retired clergy, especially Rev. David Shaw, to
celebrate the Eucharist. We also have lay people willing to lead our other services.
But we would be grateful for more support, so please offer if you can help with
anything, however small.
Guided by our consultations with congregations, so we don’t exhaust everyone
and still provide a range of services across the benefice, we’ve reviewed our
service pattern. The revised schedule (below) will start at the beginning of
February. During our vacancy, we need to think about the configuration of the post
and the process which leads to the appointment of the next Vicar by the Bishop of
Coventry. The Archdeacon Missioner (Rev. Barry Dugmore) runs this process in
the Diocese, and tries to make it as transparent as possible for everyone. We are
holding a special, open evening on Wednesday, 15 th January at All Saints,
where Barry and the Area Dean, Rev. Tim Cockell will explain the process and
answer questions people may have about it. The meeting has been arranged so
that we can start the process as soon as possible. Anyone from the congregation
who is interested is invited to come and join us. I hope that many of you come
along to share your views and concerns.