Vicar's Monthly Letter
Vicar's letter - December'19
I am writing this on Guy Fawkes Day, which seems very appropriate given all the turbulence in parliament over the last few months and especially with a General Election coming up fast upon us. And all of this before Christmas, what a way to end the year! As a country I think we are more than a little exhausted after the events of the last 3 years, I can only pray that the election gives us a clear vision for the future and that whatever the outcome it will be one the country can come to terms with and that we can settle down to a period of peace and stability.
The lead up to Christmas will of course be busy for us all. Yet it is all the more important to remember those for whom Christmas can be a difficult and lonely time. I urge you all to look out for your neighbours who may be living on their own or in need of some company. Our busyness at this time of year can often mean that we are so focused on our own Christmas preparations we might forget that neighbour or friend who does not have a family to share this special time of year with.
This magazine is full of announcements about carol services so I will not single any of them out other than the Crib Service at St Mary’s, Bishops From on Christmas Eve at 3pm. At this service we encourage the children in the congregation to help build the Crib scene and to fill it with the characters of the Nativity. It really is a great way to start Christmas so if you can make, or have visitors staying, do try and make it along to this special service. There will, of course, be the usual services on Christmas Day and these are detailed at the back of the magazine. Christmas is a very special time of year but let us not forget the true reason behind our celebrations, the arrival of Christ into the world over 2000 years ago. Something to truly celebrate and give thanks for.
On a personal note I am now at the end of my 3 year curacy in this Benefice. However the Bishop has agreed that I can continue to serve you as an Associate Minister now that I am no longer on ‘probation’. To that end I will be licensed to the Benefice at a special service on Sunday 8th December by the Bishop of Ludlow. This will take place at St Mary’s church, Much Cowarne at 10am and it would be wonderful to see you there as I start the next stage of my ministry with you.
Finally can I take this opportunity on behalf of Steven, myself and our families to wish you and your families a peaceful and joyous Christmas and a healthy and Happy New Year.