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We are a group of ten beautiful Churches (eight parishes), but ONE BODY building God's Kingdom here in Mid Trent. Part of the Diocese of Lichfield, within the Church of England, we try to make our services as welcoming and friendly as possible.
Our Team covers the Staffordshire villages of Burston,  Fradswell,  Gayton,  Hixon,  Hopton,    Milwich,  Salt,  Sandon,  Stowe by Chartley and  Weston.
With inspired leaders and ten Churches to choose from, each with their own identity and character, there has to be one that appeals to you.
Why not take a look at what we have to offer by clicking on each of the pictures below.

A letter from our Team Vicar for May.
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Cracked Pots.


I came across the following story the other day and thought I'd share it with you:
A water-bearer in India had two large pots, both hung on the ends of a pole, which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water. At the end of the long walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot always arrived half full.
The poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do. After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water-bearer one day by the stream:

'I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologise to you. I have been able to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don't get full value from your efforts.'

The bearer said to the pot, 'Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of the path, but not on the other pot's side? That's because I have always known about your flaw, and I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you've watered them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table. Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house.'

This story isn't from the Bible, but it reminded me of the fantastic news that we read time and time again in Scripture: that we do not need to be perfect for God to use us in powerful ways to play our part in building his Kingdom here on earth…. here in Mid Trent. God loves us just the way he made us, and he can use what we offer him, even when it isn't perfect.

Of course, in order to be in a relationship with God we need to say sorry to him for our mistakes, and admit that we need his help. Then, like the little boy in John's Gospel who offered all he had, even though five loaves and two fish didn't look like much to feed five thousand, Jesus does amazing things with what we offer. On that occasion not only were all those who had gathered fed, but twelve basketfuls of left overs were gathered up! In the same way, Jesus promises us that when we give ourselves generously in his service, he will multiply what we offer and bless his people.

Blessings,     
Mike