Group magazine Dec 2019 - Jan 2020

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The Letter from Duncan

Flower Arranging, St Oswald’s Church, Ashbourne

Breakfast church

Services; St Mary and St Barlock, Norbury and Roston

Services; St Peter's Church, Snelston

Services; St Mary's Church Mappleton

St John's Ashbourne

Holy Trinity, Clifton

Ashbourne Singers

St Oswald's Christmas Tree Festival

Pre-Christmas Traidcraft Stall

Church Events in Benefice Of Ashbourne (October)

Choral Music at St Oswald's

Ashbourne and District Stroke Support Club

Community Transport Bus to services

Adult Guitar Course

Carers Count

Julian meetings

Animal Service

CHRISTMAS SERVICES

Carol Singing at local venues

Edward Bear

Ossie's Kitchen

Book Reading -Tom Holland Dominion

Ashbourne Animal Welfare

The Letter from Duncan

Dear Friends,

As we enter into these days of Advent that lead us by the hand up to the celebrations of Christmas, it’s so easy to paint a romantic picture of a child in a manger, surrounded by Disney-like animals, adoring shepherds and stately wise men. Yet this child was born in an occupied land, and shortly after his birth all male children of his age were massacred in a pointless political gesture.

Last month, I was invited to spend five days in Srebrenica.

It is a beautiful country. A drive through eastern Bosnia seems to be full of sleepy Balkan charm:  the landscape is one of wooded hills, small farmsteads, abundant plum orchards. The road winds its way through maize fields beside the quiet river Drina. In the woods, birds call sweetly to each other. All is peaceful.

As is so often the case, landscapes deceive. Twenty-five years ago, this idyllic setting was the scene of the worst crimes committed on European soil since 1945. The world looked the other way, as genocide was committed in and near the town of Srebrenica. Here, more than 8,000 men and boys were murdered in a series of executions and massacres in the days after Srebrenica fell to Bosnian-Serb forces on 11 July 1995. Those who emerged from their hiding places were shot, hanged or simply tortured and left on the ground to die – sometimes with booby traps which would kill those who might try to save them. Bulldozers were brought in to pile up the bodies, which were dumped in pits across the region.

I saw dreadful sights in those five days:  body parts still being exhumed from mass graves, mothers unable to properly grieve for their children, small yellow signs alongside the side of every road and pathway marking where the landmines still were. I saw no children playing in all those five days.

I suspect it will take many months for me to come to terms with the pure evil I experienced, but it’s clear to me that the horror I saw does not happen overnight. It begins when hatred and intolerance are left unchallenged or are manipulated for political gain. The church can never be silent, must never be silent, in the face of such evil.

And yet there is hope. The Muslim mothers I met at Srebrenica talked haltingly, through their interpreters, of how the children in their community were encouraged to become doctors and nurses, of their determination that their future was one of healing and compassion rather than revenge.

And in a stable, in an occupied land, to a family forced to become refugees fleeing from a massacre, there was born a child destined to become the hope of the nations, a sign of peace and the promise of God’s love.

Our hope, in a broken world.

Duncan

 

The Srebrenica Flower is a well-known symbol of remembrance of the Srebrenica Genocide.  Its 11 petals represent the day the genocide began, while their white colour represents the innocence of its victims.  The flower’s green centre represents hope for justice and recognition of the genocide.  The flower also depicts the reburial of the victims in Potočari memorial cemetery where each year newly identified victims, in green-draped caskets are properly laid to rest.

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Flower Arranging, St Oswald’s Church, Ashbourne

C.E.F.A.A.  Derby Branch

The Church of England Flower Arrangers’ Association was hosted by members from St Oswald's Church Flower Arrangers to a Workshop in the church centre on Saturday October 26th.  Some 26 members from around our Diocese were welcomed by Revd. Nigel Rode who led us in the association prayer.  If you look closely at the picture you can see our own Celia Dickinson.

Any flower arrangers from our other churches are welcome to join this organisation, please contact Margaret Dawson for further details.

Sanctuary Flowers

There are no flowers through Advent in December

 

Sanctuary Flowers in January 2020

January 5th          Christmas Trees

January 12th        Mrs J Sadler

January 19th        Mr M Halls

January 26th        The Haycock Family

 

If anyone would like to donate flowers in memory of a loved one or to celebrate a special occasion, please contact Margaret Dawson   Telephone 01335 342339 or dawsonm17@googlemail.com

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Don’t forget Breakfast Church on the 2nd Sunday of each month in the Church Centre!

God a bacon butty and a fresh mug of coffee – all welcome. 9h00 – 9h40  

Breakfast church in December 2019

 Sunday 8th December – come and make your own “Christingle”

Christingle is a symbolic object used in the Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany services of many Christian denominations. Christingle, a word of German origin, means 'Christ Child' and is used to celebrate Jesus Christ as the "Light of the World".

A “Christingle” usually consists of:

  • An orange, representing the world
  • A candle pushed into the centre of the orange, then lit, representing Jesus Christ as Light of the World
  • A red ribbon wrapped around the orange or a paper frill around the candle, representing the blood of Christ
  • Dried fruits and/or sweets skewered on cocktail sticks pushed into the orange, representing the fruits of the earth and the four seasons.

Breakfast Church in January 2020

Sunday 12th January

 

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Parish Services

St Mary & St Barlok, Norbury and Roston

Services in December:
1 December         11.00 am     Morning Prayer

8 December         11.00 am     Holy Communion

15 December       11.00 am     Carols

22 December       11.00 am     Holy Communion

24 December       11.30 pm     Midnight Mass

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St Peter’s Church, Snelston

Christmas Coffee and Mince Pie Morning:

Saturday 7th December 10 am – 12 noon at the Reading Room, Snelston in aid of church funds.  Raffle.  Everyone is welcome.

Services in December:

1 December         9.30 am       Morning Prayer

8 December         9.30 am       Holy Communion

15 December       9.30 am       Holy Communion

22 December       6.30 pm       Carols

25 December       9.30 am       Holy Communion

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St Mary’s Church, Mappleton

Services in December

1 December         9.15 am       Morning Prayer

8 December         9.15 am       Holy Communion

15 December       9.15 am       Holy Communion

21 December       6.15 pm       Carols

25 December       9.15 am       Holy Communion

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St John’s Church, Ashbourne

As I write I can actually see blue sky, it is mid-November and we are suffering incessant rain and floods. Ashbourne has been fortunate but many people in the Derbyshire and Yorkshire villages are suffering massive floods and even loss of life locally. At the same time, today, family members are returning to their home on the outskirts of Brisbane.  They pray the rains promised in the next few days materialise.  They will witness the devastation being caused by the forest fires raging in the eastern provinces.  What a mess, man has made of the world.

We are preparing for Advent, a time of mystery, reflection, family time, so much to be thankful for.  We await the 2,000 Angels who plan to descend on Ashbourne.  Thank you to the people who have undertaken this mammoth task to bring joy and meaning to all who are lucky to find them.  Let us hope they lead people to a church nearby to enjoy the Birth of Christ.

Whilst looking forward to what a New Year will bring within our Churches, we also look back over the past year, joys and sorrows, thankful for prayers said and answered for loved ones.  Within St. Johns we have said our goodbyes to two stalwarts.  Gwen Hampson during the summer and more recently our Stuart.  Stuart Miller was a Trustee for 10 years and Churchwarden for 14 years.  Both roles he carried out beyond the call of duty.  He came forward within the church at a lonely time in his life.  He found new friendships and a new world opened for him.  Rev’d Nigel carried out a thanksgiving service to Stuart’s precise instructions, even to the vegetables, the cow and the milk!!!!!  Christine gave a fine rendition of Dvorak’s Largo from The New World Symphony and the church bell rang.

We go forward to 2020 with a new hall boiler, so a warm welcome awaits, the Sanctuary floor is now strong again so no fear of our clergy disappearing through a hole in the floor.  We will face whatever challenges lie ahead.  The doors will be open and Jules, Glen, Margaret and Sarah will be there with a welcome as they assist Rev’ds Duncan, Amanda, Maggie and Nigel.  Coffee on the first Sunday of the Month.

You will find the friendship of a church and the meaning of Christmas.

Diary Dates for December:

1 December         9.15 am       Holy Communion

8 December         9.15 am       Matins

14th December     7.30 pm       Derby Choral Union will perform The Messiah

15th December     Carol Service at 11 am with breakfast first! *

19th December     10 am - Ashbourne Primary School Christmas Service

22 December       9.15 am       Holy Communion

25th December     Holy Communion 9:15 am.

*Please join us at St John's for bacon rolls at 9.45am, followed by our Carol Service at 11am.  We'll have mince pies after the service as well!

You're welcome to join us whether you're a regular or a just-at-Christmas person.  We'll be glad to see you.

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Holy Trinity Church, Clifton

Services in December

1 December         10.45 am     Holy Communion

8 December         10.45 am     Morning Prayer

15 December       10.45 am     Holy Communion

22 December       10.45 am     Carols

24 December       4.00 pm       Crib Service

25 December       10.45 am     Holy Communion

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Ashbourne Singers

Christmas Concert 14 December 2019

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St Oswald’s Christmas Tree Festival

St Oswald’s will be holding a Christmas Tree Festival from Saturday 14 December 2019 through Advent and Christmas until 5 January 2020.

The trees will be dedicated during the 10:30 am service on Sunday 15 December and you are invited to attend.  The Festival will be open to the public during normal daily church opening times – 9am to 5pm.  Entry is free to view the trees but donations will be welcome towards general church funds.

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Special Pre-Christmas Traidcraft Stall

Sunday 15th December

in St Oswald’s Church Centre after 10.30 am service

A chance to buy Fairtrade food, drinks, Christmas items…

and help demonstrate we are a Fairtrade Church

Bring some money to spend!

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Church Events in the Benefice of Ashbourne

Baptisms

13th October         St Oswald’s               Eliza Florence Kolanko
13th October         St Oswald's               Joel David Polglass
20th October         St Peter’s Snelston     Ralph Craig Alcock
 

Weddings

5th October           St Oswald’s             Grace Pepper and Ben Secretan
 

Funerals

5th October           St Mary & St Barlok      Stuart Jeffery, 31 years
                            Norbury
7th October           St Oswald’s                    Georgina Redfern, 84 years
8th October           St Oswald’s                    Ian Brown, 78 years
16th October         St Oswald’s                    Betsey (Be) Payne, 96 years
18th October         St Oswald’s                    Michael Key
18th October         St Mary’s Mappleton     John Lee, 62 years
23rd October         St John’s                        Stuart Miller, 87 years
30th October         St Oswald’s                    Raymond Sherratt, 101 years.

 

To arrange for Christenings, Weddings or Funerals please contact the Parish Office Tel. 01335 343052 ashbournechurch@gmail.com

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Choral Music at St Oswald’s

Sunday 1st December                          Advent Sunday

8.00     Holy Communion
10.30   Parish Communion      People look east/Stainer
6.30     The Advent Carol Service      From Darkness into Light
            A tender shoot/Goldschmidt    I look from afar/Palestrina
            In darkness held/Shepherd       Sleepers Wake/Mendelssohn
            How beautiful upon the mountains/Stainer
            O thou the central orb/Wood   Come my way/Cooper

 

Sunday 8th December                          2nd Sunday of Advent

8.00     Holy Communion

9.00     Breakfast church         Christingle

10.30   Parish Communion and blessing of the trees

At thy feet O Christ we lay/Bach

2.00     A Celebration of Animals Service

6.30     Evensong                     Lo how a rose/arr Praetorious

                                                How lovely are the messengers/Mendelssohn 

 

Sunday 15th December                                   3rd Sunday of Advent

8.00     Holy Communion

10.30   Parish Communion      As Joseph went a walking/ traditional

3.00     WI Carol Service

6.30     Evensong                     A tender shoot/Goldshmitt

                                                Sans Day Carol/Rutter

 

Sunday 22nd December                                   4th Sunday of Advent

8.00     Holy Communion

10.30   Parish Communion      The Angel Gabriel/trad

  1. The Festival Service of Nine Lessons and Carols

O radiant dawn/Macmillan Come to the Manger/arr Waddington        

In Dulci Jubilo/Pearsall            A child is born in Bethlehem/Scheidt

Sing the Birth/Praetorius          Myn Lyking/arr Terry

Sir Christemas/Mathias The Marvellous Birth/Chilcott

 

Tuesday 24th December                      Christmas Eve

4.30     The Crib Service

11.30   Midnight Mass with choir

 

Wednesday 25th December                 Christmas Day

8.00     Holy Communion with carols

10.30   Family Communion    In the bleak mid-winter/Darke

And the glory of the Lord/Handel

Hallelujah Chorus/Handel

Saturday 28th December
12:30   Wedding         

Sunday 29th December
10.30   Parish Communion      (no other services)

Sunday 5th January                Epiphany
8.00     Holy Communion
10.30   Parish Communion      From the rising of the sun/Ouseley     
6.30     An Epiphany Carol Service

From the rising of the sun/Ouseley      New Year Carol/Britten

Sing Lullaby/traditional            I wander as I wonder

            Whence is that goodly fragrance/Baker

 

Sunday 12th January                          Baptism of Christ
8.00     Holy Communion                   
9.00     Breakfast Church         Three Wise Men
10.30   Parish Communion      New Year Carol/Britten
6.30     Choral Evensong
            Stanford in C   Agnus Dei/Little Organ Mass/Haydn
             Smith responses           Come down O Love Divine/Harris    
 

Sunday 19th January                          2nd Sunday of Epiphany

8.00     Holy Communion

10.30   Parish Communion      Come my way/Cooper

6.30     Evensong                     Jubilate Deo/Taize                                                                                          

The Lord is my Shepherd/Stanford

 

Sunday 26th January                          3rd Sunday of Epiphany

8.00     Holy Communion

10.30   Parish Communion      I the Lord of sea and sky

We are marching in the light of God

6.30     Ashbourne Churches Together United Service

You are very welcome to join us at choir practice on Fridays at 7.00p.m. to see who we are and what we do. If your child enjoys music and is aged seven or more, then please consider the many benefits that being a chorister at St. Oswald’s brings. If in doubt, ask for more information. Contact details can be found on the back page of the magazine.

Thank you                                                                              Michael Halls

                        Director of Music

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Ashbourne and District Stroke Support Club has opened a charity ‘Pop-Up-Shop at 29 Church Street, Ashbourne (opposite the Methodist Church) and would appreciate your support.

A local charity shop for a local charity club. The shop is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday each week from 10 am to 4 pm.

Your donations in the form of clothing and bric a brac would be most welcome. Please call in, say hello and have a coffee with us. Thank you.
Any enquires to Val Humphries Ashbourne 01335 345195

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Community Transport Bus to services

 We operate a community bus once a month for the 10:30am service at St Oswald’s.  The bus collects passengers from their homes, starting from 9:30am arriving at St Oswald’s church about 10:20 am.  The bus returns passengers to their home after coffee.  If you would like to use this service please contact Paul and Gill Elliott on 01335 343059.

 

Future Dates:

Sunday 15th December 2019

Sunday 19th January 2020

Sunday 16th February 2020

Sunday 15th March 2020

Sunday 19th April 2020

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Adult Guitar Course – Monday 13 January 2020 at The Queen’s Vaults, Ashbourne – 7pm – 9 pm

Course run by Chris Connelly – Gift Cards Available
chrisjconnelly@hotmail.com – 07395 238899

 

 

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The next meetings of Carers Count will be on 4th December and the 8th January (a week later than usual due to New Year). For further information give Maggie or Nigel a call on 01335 664159.

 

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Julian Meetings

The Julian Meetings are non-denominational gatherings for contemplative prayer, usually lasting around 30 minutes. The members take it in turns to lead which means a brief introduction/reading which leads into 20 minutes of silence. There is then a final prayer/reflection/poem to close. Often music is used to lead into and out of the silence. There is no "line", no right or wrong way to be, and no prescribed way of doing the meeting. 

The Julian Meetings are on the 1st Thursday of every month, and we normally meet in St Oswald's Chapel at 7pm.  The next meeting is on 2 January 2020.

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CELEBRATION OF ANIMALS SERVICE

Sunday December 8th

At 2pm

St Oswald’s Church, Ashbourne

Dogs, cats, small pets welcome in Church

Donkey from The Donkey Sanctuary Derbyshire Centre taking part

Blessing of the animals – All Welcome

Please telephone 01335 300494 for more information.

 

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Dec

Time

Event

Place

1st

8:00 am

Holy Communion

St Oswald’s

 

9:15 am

Morning Prayer

St John’s

 

9:15 am

Holy Communion

Mappleton

 

9:30 am

Morning Prayer

Snelston

 

10:30 am

Parish Communion

St Oswald’s

 

10:45 am

Holy Communion

Clifton

 

11.00 am

Morning Prayer

Norbury

 

6:30 pm

Advent Carol Service

St Oswald’s

 

 

 

4th

11:00am

Carer’s Carol Service

St Oswald’s

 

 

 

6th

6:00 pm

Lantern procession from

St Oswald’s

 

 

 

8th

8:00 am

Holy Communion

St Oswald’s

 

9:00 am

Breakfast Church

St Oswald’s

 

9:15 am

Holy Communion

St John’s

 

9:15 am

Morning Prayer

Mappleton

 

9:30 am

Holy Communion

Snelston

 

10:30 am

Parish Communion + Blessing of the Trees

St Oswald’s

 

10:45 am

Morning Prayer

Clifton

 

11:00 am

Holy Communion

Norbury

 

2:00 pm

Animal Blessing Service

St Oswald’s

 

6:30 pm

Evensong

St Oswald’s

9th

12 noon

Monday Parish Lunch & Carols

St Oswald’s Church Centre

 

 

 

10th

2:30 pm

Carol Singing

Chatsworth Court

 

 

12th 

6.00pm

St Oswald’s Hospital Carol Service

St Oswald’s Hospital

 

 

 

13th

2:30 pm

Carol Singing

Ashbourne Lodge

 

 

 

14th

6:30 pm

WWI

St Oswald’s

 

7:30 pm

The Messiah Derby Choral Union

St John’s

 

 

 

15th

8:00 am

Holy Communion

St Oswald’s

 

9:15 am

Holy Communion

Mappleton

 

9:30 am

Holy Communion

Snelston

 

10:30 am

Parish Communion

St Oswald’s

 

10:45 am

Holy Communion

Clifton

 

11:00 am

Christmas Carol Service

St John’s

 

11:00 am

Village Carols

Norbury

 

3:00 pm

WI Carol Service

St. Oswald’s

 

6.30pm

Evensong St Oswald's

 

 

 

17th

6:00 pm

Carol Singing

Dove House

 

 

 

18th

2:00 pm

Carol Singing

The Leys Care Home

 

 

 

19th

10:00 am

Ashbourne Primary School Carols

St John’s

 

12 noon

St Oswald’s Church Choir singing Carols

Haddon Hall

 

2:00 pm

Clifton School Christmas Service

Holy Trinity Church, Clifton

 

1:30 pm

Christmas Assembly & Carols

Hilltop Primary School

Dec

Time

Event

Place

20th

9:00 am

St Oswald’s Primary School Christmas Service

St Oswald’s

 

11.00 am

QEGS Christmas Service

St Oswald’s

 

 

 

21st

6:00 pm

Christmas Carol Service

St Mary’s Mappleton

 

 

 

22nd

8:00 am

Holy Communion

St Oswald’s

 

9:15 am

Holy Communion

St John’s

 

10:30 am

Parish Communion

St Oswald’s

 

10:45 am

Carol Service

Clifton

 

11:00 am

Holy Communion

Norbury

 

6:30 pm

Nine Lessons & Carols

St Oswald’s

 

6:30 pm

Carol Service

Snelston

 

 

 

24th

4:00 pm

Crib Service, Holy Trinity

Clifton

 

4:30 pm

Crib Service

St Oswald’s

 

7:30 pm

Carols around the Christmas Tree

Market Place

 

11:30 pm

Midnight Mass

St Oswald’s

 

11:30 pm

Midnight Mass

Norbury

 

 

 

25th

8:00 am

Holy Communion

St Oswald’s

 

9:15 am

Holy Communion

St John’s

 

9:30 am

Holy Communion

Snelston

 

11:00 am

Holy Communion

Clifton

 

10:30 am

Christmas Family Communion

St Oswald’s

 

 

 

29th

10:30 am

Parish Communion

NOTE: This is the only service to be held on this Sunday.

St Oswald’s

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CAROL SINGING AT ST OSWALD’S HOSPITAL AND IN LOCAL RESIDENTIAL AND NURSING HOMES IN ASHBOURNE 2019

You are invited to come along and join us as we sing Carols in our local community.  It is a very happy occasion and we are given a very warm welcome getting everyone into the spirit of Christmas.

If you would like to join us, please add your name to the ‘signing up sheet’ which you will find by the south door in St Oswald’s.

Tuesday 10/12 @ 2.30pm - Chatsworth Court

Friday 13/12 @ 2.30pm - Ashbourne Lodge

Tuesday 17/12 @ 6.00pm - Dove House

Wednesday 18/12 @ 2.00pm - The Leys

Waiting for dates and times for - St Oswald's Hospital and Eliot Lodge (near Sainsburys)

 

St Oswald's Church Choir is also singing Carols at Haddon Hall - lunchtime - Thursday 19/12

 

For more information contact Lindsay Walker 07971802671/01335 343194/ lindsay.walker@hotmail.co.uk 

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EDWARD BEAR

Praise and Play

at St Oswald’s Church

 

Children helping to ‘tidy up’ supervised by helpers and parents!

 

The Remembrance Day poppies made by the children at Edward Bear.

 

 

 

Edward Bear (for pre-school children and their carers) meets Thursday mornings 9.30 – 11.30 in the Church Centre. Please call in to see us.  For more information contact Chris Haycock 01335 347771, Lindsay Walker 01335 343194 or the Church Centre Office 01335 343052

 

 

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Community Café in Ashbourne

OSSIE’S KITCHEN

Why eat alone?

Come and join us for a three-course meal

In the company of others

Family friendly

Open to All

between 4pm and 6pm

17th December

And then on fourth Tuesday of the month

St Oswald’s Church Centre, School Lane, DE6 1AN Suggested donations of £3 per adult and £1 per child

For enquiries & to request transport call Maggie or Nigel on 01335 664159

St Oswald’s Church, Derbyshire CC & FareShare

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Book Reading -Tom Holland Dominion

Not the best title, in my opinion, but still a great new book by Tom Holland about “The Making of the Western Mind”.

Recently the Church Times has reported on attempts to ensure that women’s stories in the Bible are given more prominence in Church.

If, like me, you sympathise with this, December’s the month for you!

Central to the Christmas story, and second only to the Christ child himself, is the role that Mary plays.

Tom describes the results as “the most influential framework for making sense of human life that has ever existed” (p.519).

And all because of “a faith” which (Tom’s godmother) had received from her mother, who had received it in turn from her parents, who had received it in turn from their parents.

“Down the generations it had been passed… Only Jews could lay claim to anything comparable: a living tradition that could be traced back …to the long-vanished civilization of the Roman Empire.”

Of course, Joseph is important too - but it’s Mary who brings forth what we all really need.

Edmund Urquhart

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Ashbourne Animal Welfare

WINTER OPEN DAY

Sunday 12 January 2020   11am – 4pm

The Ark, Wyaston Rd, Ashbourne DE6 1NB

Winter Warmer lunches and teas
Tours of the Ark – New Year Sale, Books, Bric a Brac

Free Admission

Tel 01335 300494 for more info www.ashbourneanimalwelfare.org

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