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A warm welcome from the Rector

Here we are once again preparing for Christmas.
Somehow it seems to sneak up on me each year and especially so this year where so much has changed, where our norms are not what they were just one short year ago. I find myself this year craving the space and time of waiting that comes in Advent; needing to allow myself room to reflect on all that has happened in 2021, taking note of how that feels for me and for others. Allowing room to pray and look forward with hope into 2022.

We hope to once again to be able to gather with our loved ones, to gather in church to celebrate the birth of Jesus and to do so safely, looking after each other, being kind, gentle and caring for our neighbour as Jesus taught us.

The Church of England’s 2021 Christmas campaign is called:


And asks us like Mary to ponder and treasure all that is special about Christmas.

“Whatever else December brings, it will offer us an opportunity to enter more deeply into the joyful mystery that lies at its heart: God becoming human in the birth of Jesus Christ.
Inspired by readings from the Gospels of Luke and John read at so many Christmas services, At the heart of Christmas is an invitation to everyone to discover – or rediscover – the good news of God’s saving love as revealed in the birth of Jesus. It is also a challenge to each of us to ponder in our hearts – as Mary did – what the extraordinary events of the first Christmas might mean for us now and in the years ahead.”

To receive reflections via app or email and to see more about At the Heart of Christmas go to this link: https://www.churchofengland.org/our-faith/what-we-believe/advent-and-christmas/heart-christmas-our-2021-advent-and-christmas

I do hope to see many of you over the Christmas season in church or around our villages and I wish you all a blessed and joyful Christmas and a peaceful new year.

                                                             Every Blessing Rev. Helen

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