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Ministry Team Thought for the Week

I have just returned from Ossie’s Kitchen where we provided some twenty Take-Away Christmas meals, accompanied by a few Christmas ‘extras’, and where we had a further thirty-five guests join us for a sit-down Christmas meal that concluded with a rousing singing of a few carols rounding off a joyful, festive occasion for our Volunteers as well as our Guests.

I, like so many people who shop on line, have been spared the bombardment in the supermarkets, since October, of recorded Christmas Carols being played through tinny Tannoy in between cries for staff assistance at checkouts or the special offers in aisle three!

Even if you are one of those who have had to endure the bombardment, or perhaps especially because of it, I am sure that it is a joy to once again be able to enjoy singing carols in our beautifully decorated churches be it at Carol and Crib or Nine Lessons and Carol Services as part of our Advent preparation – our waiting to celebrate again the birth of our Lord.

This build up to Christmas is such a special time and we are so grateful to all those who contribute to making it so; from those who organise and participate in the Christmas Tree Festival, the folk who clamber into lofts to recover again the Crib Scene and Characters and those who decorate each of our churches, for our organists and choristers, Lesson readers and Intercessors and so many others, not least our indefatigable Church Wardens and Claire who, apart from everything else, ensures that all our Service Sheets are up to date and available in the right place at the right time.

The preparations are not yet complete though for, thanks to Gill Elliott and her team of Volunteers, we still have to ‘Follow the Star’ on Christmas Eve afternoon at St Oswald’s, where we will also have the company of a real live donkey before our Midnight Mass and then all of our Christmas Morning Services to which we look forward to welcoming you.

In case we don’t get to see you in the next few days, Maggie, Pip, Mike and Lynda join me in thanking you all for the privilege of serving you in Ministry and we pray that the peace of the Christ child will be with you and your families this Christmas.

With blessings


Follow the Star.

Come and meet the characters of the nativity, meet Sammy the donkey, knock on the innkeepers door and visit the crib.

Follow the Star is on Christmas Eve at St Oswald’s Church from 3pm to 5pm. 

Much of the event will be outdoors so come dressed for this but nativity costumes are welcome.

Booking slots are available through https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/follow-the-star-tickets-224091342237  or just turn up on Christmas Eve from 3pm

Your journey will start near the main Church gates.

Once you have completed your Star journey hot chocolate will be served in the Church Centre.

It’s not to late to volunteer to help at Follow the Star.

Could you be a shepherd or a king, or could you guide groups as a star guide?

If you are free and able to help please come along to the Church Centre at 2.30pm on 24th December.

It should be a fun event for all.



These Wondrous Places

During these long days of enforced inactivity there has been time to reflect on happier times.

Some years ago we were very fortunate to be able to visit the Canadian Rockies.I vividly remember my feelings of total awe and humility as we explored just a small proportion of the over 2000 named mountain peaks.I tried to express my feelings in the following lines:
Let us not forget that we are intruders in these wondrous places.
Long before man came to marvel and to claim them won,
Bison ,elk, moose and grizzly bears eclipsed by far, the human race,
Their companions then, as now, were wind, snow, ice and burning Summer sun.
The great power in the natural forces that shaped these now familiar ice-capped craggy forms,
Is almost too terrible for us to even try to understand, 
Grinding , rending, scouring ,dissolving rocks in secret storms.
And yet, for all this great might, this is a defenceless and fragile land.
Our spirits are uplifted by the sights and sounds that are both fresh and new.
How dare we take so much and give so little, without even a “Lord, we thank You.”
Stand of aspen, birch, spruce and hemlock, yield their bounty, not just for the few.
We cannot match their worth, but we pray that we may realise that this is true.

How many times have I said “one day I’ll see the Rockies high?”
Their grandeur is such that only soaring eagles can see their majesty and grace.
Surely we have a deeper calling and purpose than just to feast the eye?
I pray that God will guide us to become more than just intruders in these wondrous places.

Arthur Williams


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