December and January – what a busy time of year for so many of us! A time to catch up with family and friends, to buy presents, send cards, share meals and if you are like me – eat too many mince pies.
Our Church will be celebrating the birth of Jesus through worship, service and caring and gives us many opportunities to invite family and friends to join us. Once again we will have a ‘Sock Tree’ on which to hang new socks for those in need. Also the opportunity to put a greeting to friends on a red heart which will be hung on the Church Christmas Tree together with the white hearts of Celebration and Remembrance. These trees will be joined by others for our Christmas Tree Festival and on the final day, Monday, we will hold a short service among the trees which will be followed by Christmas refreshments. Our Nativity Service at 10.45am and Carols by Candlelight at 6pm will both be held on 18th December and we meet at 10.45am on Christmas Day. On 8th January at 5pm there will be a Christingle Party to which all are invited and on 15th January our Covenant Service at 10.45am.
But, amidst the celebrations there is often sadness for loved ones who are no longer with us and perhaps also a yearning for Christmases of long ago when we were children and life was much simpler. Yet the message of Christmas remains the same; the story of our God who loves us so much that He sent His own Son to be born as a helpless baby to a young girl and a hard working man. God Incarnate – God with us!
So for each of us, even in the sadness there is the hope that springs afresh as we hear the Christmas story, see the children dress up as shepherds and angels and sing the well loved carols. A Christmas card I have says it all, ‘Jesus is the reason for the season’. May this message be on your lips and bring you peace as we enter a new year together.
I wish you all a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.
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Written by the Minister & Members