Vicars Monthly Letter

Vicar's Letter for November.

Dear Friends,

Now I know I maybe early but how are your Christmas preparations going?  I myself thought that I was organised as I have already bought my first pack of cards, until a friend of mine told me that everything was now done, except for buying the perishables for the big day.  We, all in our own way prepare for Christmas and the Church is no different. 

At the beginning of December, we will enter the season of Advent, a time of preparing.  Advent comes from the Latin word meaning "coming." Jesus is coming, and Advent is intended to be a season of preparation for His arrival. While we typically regard Advent as a joyous season, it is also intended to be a period of preparation, much like Lent. A period of prayer, penance and of undertaking additional tasks.  It is a time of looking inward, at our own unique relationship with God through his Son.  This can be however, an extremely hard thing to do especially when the commercial world is constantly telling us that there is no time left, we must rush about to make Christmas perfect.  What I would like to say to you my friends, is that Christmas is already perfect because of that baby born in a manger and for what He did for all of us.  So, relax and let’s take time to truly prepare for the birth of our Saviour.

With this in mind there are a number of things I would like to bring to your attention.  We will also shortly begin our Advent course which is based on the 1947 film Miracle on 34th Street, the course is titled ‘Someone to Believe In’.  We first meet to watch the film in its entirety, there may even be popcorn!  In the subsequent weeks, we will look at the story of Father Christmas in the film comparing him, to the one whom we all ultimately believe in, that of Jesus Christ our Saviour. There are also a number of social activities ranging from concerts, fairs, to fuddles and also additional church services, so I would urge you to keep reading our online weekly notice sheets and also view the online calendar.  As I would truly love to see you as we journey through Advent and Christmas together.

Now there is one additional request that I have.  Advent and Christmas is for many a time of plenty, a time of celebration, but not for everyone.  With this in mind I want us as a parish to have our own special virtual Advent calendar.  We all know that usually an Advent calendar is filled with chocolate and is opened every morning in anticipation.  Well the virtual parish Advent calendar will be different.  For the first three Sundays in Advent I would like everyone to bring an item of food (tinned, dried, packaged etc.) so that we can then distribute this to the various food banks and charities that we support.  We will then ensure that these are given to the organisations before Christmas.  If each one of us did this, we in some small way will make a difference to those who at this time may experience want even more, in a country that is considered as one of the richest in the world.  So please remember to bring something with you on a Sunday in Advent.  I also ask that at this time of year we hold those less fortunate than ourselves in our daily prayers. 

Your friend and priest













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