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'Maureen's Musings'

December 2012

Well, despite what I wrote last month about the Time Thief, I cannot put it off any longer - I will have to write about Christmas and the New Year and to wish you all the very best compliments of the Season!

Not that I am feeling too Christmassy just yet, writing this as I do the week after returning from General Synod and 'that vote'. Still, let's not linger on depressing thoughts ... thank you so much for all the messages of support that I and my fellow clergy have received ... and if it does result in a re-think of how General Synod operates, then maybe it will have done some good. I have written about my feelings just after the event elsewhere in the magazine, but if anyone wants to talk to me about it in more detail - please feel free to ask me ... though I cannot promise that I can stop it being totally incomprehensible.

But to other matters... a year ago I was writing in the anticipation of launching Messy Church in January 2012. This has now run for very nearly a year and has proved a great success with on average around 50 children and their carers (Mums, Dads, Grannies, Grandpas and others!) who seem to love getting stuck into the various craft activities - not to mention the delicious food that Sue Riches and Kath Watkins have prepared for us. We have run this six times so far - and I am so happy that so many different people have come along to help out. I can promise that it will be one of the most hectic and possibly noisiest couple of hours that you could wish to spend, but the enjoyment had by one and all more than makes up for the occasional headache! Our next one will be on 31st January 2013.

Meanwhile, I am particularly looking forward to December 2nd with our 10am FAMILY SERVICE led by Mrs Yeomans and the School, our ADVENT CAROL Service on at 6.30pm - hopefully a quiet and reflective way to begin preparing for the birth of the Christ-child. And then - to get you fully into the Christmas Spirit - The CHRISTMAS Carols start at Patshull on 9th Dec., CHRISTINGLE this year on 16th December in Pattingham, traditional CHRISTMAS CAROLS on 23rd December in Pattingham and a CRIB SERVICE for the young at heart on Christmas Eve with Midnight Mass as usual at 11.30pm that night. What with all that and the Children's Christmas plays and services prepared by the School and the Senior Citizens' Christmas Lunches, there will be no excuses for not feeling thoroughly Christmassy by 25th December!

So here's wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a blessed and peaceful New Year!