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

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In all church communities there is often talk about faith journeys and sometimes talk of life journeys. Conversation revolves around the things that have happened to us during our lifetime, not just our joys and sorrows but our experiences. We are also well aware of migrants and their journeys to safety and a better life. Even with our Methodist Church we talk of a ‘movement’, nothing in life stands still.

I’d like to write a little about the difficult journeys people in the Bible took, focusing on Mary and Joseph, the Magi and Jesus. They all endured journeys and at times got thrown off course.

Mary and Joseph went from Nazareth to Bethlehem on dusty roads. Mary, heavily pregnant must surely have just wanted to get to Nazareth quickly and have a rest. They arrived tired and weary and found nowhere nice to stay.  Any possible plans they had for their end destination, went out of the window. A manger for her new born son, was all that she could have. Later on, in a dream, Joseph was warned to escape to Egypt to avoid Herod.  Egypt wasn’t their chosen destination.

The Magi, when they went in search of the one who had been born king of the Jews, came up against Herod. They went to Bethlehem, found the baby and presented him with their gifts. It was on realising how precious this child was that they decided they would have to go home by different route.

Jesus, of course, had an itinerate ministry and was constantly travelling. His sole aim was to preach good news to the poor, to proclaim freedom to prisoners, recover sight to the blind, release the oppressed and proclaim the Lord’s favour. (Luke 4: 18-19)

His journey wasn’t easy. He took his friends with him and they journeyed through the good and bad. Jesus’ journey took him to the cross, and for a moment in the scriptures we get a glimpse of his anguish about this, but he put himself in his Father’s hands.

All of these people stayed together, through thick and thin and journeyed under God’s guidance. So must we, sharing in love and working together for God’s purpose.

Christmas and New Year celebrations are often a fraught time for some families, if this is the case in your family – take heart and hang on in there.  Journey together through this season with love and remember what Christmas is really about: God’s love for you, each and every one of you, shown through the gift of his precious Son. The Magi recognised how  special Jesus was and we can be challenged to recognise him for

ourselves too.

May I take this opportunity to wish you all a joyful and happy Christmas and every blessing for the New Year.


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.