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2018 Theme: Encouraging Growth

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“.. speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.” (Ephesians 4:15)

Sisters and brothers in Christ,

As the old year passes, we have an opportunity to reflect on the past year and to look forward to what might lie ahead. There is little doubt that 2017 has been a challenging year in many ways and our theme – “Hold Fast” – reflected our reliance on God as our foundation and anchor in troubled times.

Now, looking forward into 2018, it is a good time to lift our eyes above the difficulties and start the New Year with hope and enthusiasm for what God has in store for us over the next twelve months. We already have some exciting events to look forward to; not least the weekend of 17th -18th March, when Bishop Robert will be in the Chaplaincy to ordain Charlotte as a Priest and for a Confirmation Service at Bertric-Burée.

But above all, I hope and pray that this year will be one in which we can all grow. Grow closer to God, grow closer to one another, grow as disciples of Christ and grow as Christ’s body in SW France.

Our focus, in all things, should be on how we can encourage growth in ourselves, in others and in our communities. But our theme – “Encouraging Growth” – also has a second meaning because growth, when it occurs, is encouraging and gives us the hope and energy that is needed to grow even further.

The logo for the year features sunflowers, which are such a familiar part of our regional landscape, and butterflies that symbolise the freedom and transformation that is so often associated with growth.

Thank you all for that you have done over the last year and for what I am sure you will continue to do in 2018. This is a theme that we can enjoy and with which we can have some fun. However, it is also a theme that challenges each and every one of us to transform our lives to become more Christ-like.

With my very best wishes for a blessed 2018,

Tony Lomas