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A  rural Circuit, Banbury has fifteen churches, five based in the town itself.

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Have you booked your holidays?  Did you buy half price Christmas cards in the January sales?  Were you tempted to buy bargain items that would make ideal gifts for later on this year?  Are there family events that you are making plans for? We all make plans for the future, even if they are in small ways; having something to look forward to can help us to get through the ordinariness of everyday life.  Forward planning is a key part of the business world.  Contingency plans are made in case of a fall in sales, a drop in share prices and in the event of disasters.  The church also has to be forward planning.  The Circuit Leadership Team is preparing for the Away Day when a couple of people from each of our churches/chapels will join together to talk about how life is in the church now and to explore how these chapels will look in five years' time.  These things have to be thought of.

Forward planning isn't a new concept.  Throughout the Bible there are stories about plans for the future; preparing for the floods and the parable of the ten virgins (five of whom weren't prepared) are just two.  Jesus was good at forward planning. He prepared his disciples for the time when he wouldn't be with them.  From his triumphant entry into Jerusalem, right up to his death on the cross, he predicted what would happen; he comforted them, he prayed for them, he told them how to live and assured them that their grief would turn to joy.  His words were for the disciples, yet they have much to say to us too.

This year, on Tuesday afternoons and Thursday evenings during Lent, Hazel is leading four weeks of study on 'The Last Week in the Life of Jesus', (see note on page 3 and fliers that will be out soon).  Looking into the events which led up to Jesus' death will focus the mind on the reality of Christ's life, death and resurrection.

As Jesus comforted his disciples in preparation for his death he told them: "In my Father's house there are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you.  I am going there to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am." John 14:2-4.

The Father's house isn't in the sky or in the depths of the ocean; it is here and now if only we can see it.  Stephen Varney, in his book 'Water into Wine' says, "As you have faith, the truth of I AM will come alive to you, and you will know that you have come home".  These words are only a part of a longer piece he writes about 'I AM' in John's gospel.  As is typical throughout this gospel, we can see God at work on two levels.  Firstly yes, Jesus was preparing his disciples for a life without him.  He was assuring them that there will be a place for them in all eternity and this place comes through him.  Secondly though, that place in God's home is for now, not a forward planning situation.  To be travelling on a journey of discovering faith, of growing in the love and knowledge of God means that one is on the 'Way' with him.  The journey in faith is part of being at home with God, that we each have a place with him, now.

Through this period of Lent, make plans for the future, look ahead with excitement and joy, but grow in faith and find time to discover that you are at home with God in the here and now.  Relax, trust in Him and be with Him.


Marlborough Road -

Every Thursday 10.00 am Coffee Morning and 11.00 Circuit Communion

Hornton -

Every Friday 10.30 - 12.00

Hinton -

1st Saturday of the month 10.00 - 12.00


List of books in the Circuit Library, kept in the Marlborough Road foyer.