Issue 34 of Manna, ‘Hidden Treasures’ is out now
“There is no exercise better for the heart than lifting people up.” (John Holmes, author). In this issue of Manna, which focuses on our Magnificat parishes, we must have talked to people who are fighting fit.
Our Magnificat parishes are those considered the least affluent areas in our diocese and as such they face some unique challenges. As a Church and as a diocese we are having to think differently in the way we resource them according to the Rt Revd Philip North, Bishop of Burnley, who updates us on the Church of England’s progress in socially deprived areas, diocesan Mission Team Leader, David Maggs, and Helen Fenn from the diocesan education team.
But while there are challenges there are also joys to be found, as you will hear Revd Catherine Sourbut-Groves, who ministers in one of the poorer parts of beautiful Bath, the Revd David Fayle who reflects on 22 years at Holy Trinity in Taunton and Fr. David Anderson who talks of his ministry of presence in Yeovil.
We may not all be able to be like Marlene, who helped set up the Quantock Foodbank after finding that stories of poverty in her village lay heavily on her heart, but perhaps we should all think about how we can exercise our heart in our own small way.