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!