Clent Parish Church

St.   Leonard’s   is   a   pretty,   rural   church,   set   below   the   south   flank   of Clent and Walton Hills, in the north of the county of Worcestershire. We   are   part   of   the   Stourbridge   Deanery   of   churches   in   the   Diocese   of Worcester. Clent     was     formerly     part     of     the     United     Benefice     of     Clent     & Belbroughton    with    Fairfield.    Recent    re-organisation    affiliates    St. Leonard   with   the   neighbouring   churches   of   St.   John   and   St.   Saviour   in Hagley, all under the guidance of Rev. Richard Newton. We meet for worship every Sunday morning. JANUARY: First Sunday  7th Jan. 10:00am Worship 4 All Epiphany Kim Topham LLM Second Sunday 14th Jan. 9:30am Communion Baptism of Christ Rev. Newton. Third Sunday 21st Jan. 10:00am Lay-led service Epiphany 3 Fourth Sunday 28th Jan. 10:30am Communion Candlemas Rev. Newton At this service we will be joined by the congregations of Hagley churches We would be delighted if you would join us. St.   Leonard’s   has   an   ‘open-door’   policy   and   so   is   open   to   all   from 8 am to 8 pm - for private prayer and personal contemplation. Bibles (New International Version) are in all pews.   A   weekly   ‘Update’   (free)   and   the   monthly   Parish   Magazine   (modest charge) are available within the building. Many   ramblers   over   the   Clent   Hills   enjoy   a   break   and   respite   on   the premises .. “Come   unto   me   all   who   travail   and   are   heavy   laden,   and I will refresh you .. .. “ Our address: St. Leonard’s Square, Church Avenue, Clent. Our postcode: DY9 9PN       Google map of our location Please note: there is no access off the A491 dual-carriageway. You will need to use the (old) Bromsgrove Road. Our   grounds   and   building   (and   toilet)   accommodate   Disabled   Access -   though   the   interior   is   on   two   distinct   levels   and   requires   re-location via the outside. We    have    just    installed    two    off-street    disabled    car    park    bays    - approach via Vine Lane. Made with Xara ©   webdesign@chaddesley-corbett.co.uk
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Epiphany   is   the   manifestation   of   Christ   to the   Gentiles   as   represented   by   the   Magi (Matthew   2:1–12)   -   the   first   indication   that Jesus    might    have    come    to    minister    to those outside the Jewish faith. Epiphany     comes     from     the     Greek       whose         translation         is         actually ‘manifestation’ .. being made real. Candlemas,   also   known   as   the Feast   of the   Presentation   of   Our   Lord   Jesus   and the Feast    of    the    Purification    of    the Blessed   Virgin   Mary,   is   a   Christian   Holy Day   which   usually   falls   on   February   2, which   is   traditionally   the   40th   day   of the Christmas–Epiphany   season.   While some           remove           their Christmas decorations on Twelfth                    Night  (Epiphany    Eve), others remove    them on   Candlemas. Many   Christians   bring candles    to    their local    church    where they    are    blessed.    Similar    -    earlier    - ceremonies   were   the   Roman   Lupicalia (Lupercus   was   the   god   of   fertility   and shepherds),     the     Celtic     Imbolc     (the goddess Brigid     was     associated     with purification   and   fertility   at   the   end   of winter),   the   Teutonic/Scandi   festival   of ‘The   Bear’   (rising   from   hibernation),   & the    Greek    myth    of    Persephone    (like Sleeping   Beauty)   the   goddess   of   light dividing      her      time      between      and Olympus   (light)   for   8   months,   &   Hades (hell) for 4. February takes its name from the Latin verb februare which means “purification". The    Swiss/Belgian/Romandy    tradition of    ‘Chandeleur’    (crêpes    day)    reflects Pope      Gelasius      1      [d.      496]      giving pancakes    to    pilgrims    visiting    Rome    - much   in   the   way   that   the   Vestal   Virgins offered cakes during Lupicalia.

Clent Parish Church

St.   Leonard’s   is   a   pretty,   rural   church,   set   below   the   south   flank   of Clent     and     Walton     Hills,     in     the     north     of     the     county     of Worcestershire. We    are    part    of    the    Stourbridge    Deanery    of    churches    in    the Diocese of Worcester. Clent    was    formerly    part    of    the    United    Benefice    of    Clent    & Belbroughton   with   Fairfield.   Recent   re-organisation   affiliates   St. Leonard    with    the    neighbouring    churches    of    St.    John    and    St. Saviour    in    Hagley,    all    under    the    guidance    of    Rev.    Richard Newton. We meet for worship every Sunday morning. JANUARY: First Sunday  7th Jan. 10:00am Worship 4 All Epiphany Kim Topham LLM Second Sunday 14th Jan. 9:30am Communion Baptism of Christ Rev. Newton. Third Sunday 21st Jan. 10:00am Lay-led service Epiphany 3 Fourth Sunday 28th Jan. 10:30am Communion Candlemas Rev. Newton At this service we will be joined by the congregations of Hagley churches We would be delighted if you would join us. St.   Leonard’s   has   an   ‘open-door’   policy   and   so   is   open   to   all   from 8 am to 8 pm - for private prayer and personal contemplation. Bibles (New International Version) are in all pews.   A    weekly    ‘Update’    (free)    and    the    monthly    Parish    Magazine (modest charge) are available within the building. Many   ramblers   over   the   Clent   Hills   enjoy   a   break   and   respite   on the premises .. “Come   unto   me   all   who   travail   and   are   heavy   laden,   and I will refresh you .. .. “ Our address: St. Leonard’s Square, Church Avenue, Clent. Our postcode: DY9 9PN       Google map of our location Please note: there is no access off the A491 dual-carriageway. You will need to use the (old) Bromsgrove Road. Our    grounds    and    building    (and    toilet)    accommodate    Disabled Access   -   though   the   interior   is   on   two   distinct   levels   and   requires re-location via the outside. We    have    just    installed    two    off-street    disabled    car    park    bays    - approach via Vine Lane. Made with Xara ©   webdesign@chaddesley-corbett.co.uk
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