Dear FrienKarends and Neighbours,

The harvest season is well and truly over, what hasn’t been safely gathered in by now, may never reach the dryers; the clocks have changed and the leaves are nearly all fallen. And yes, there was frost on my car the other morning!!

Having had the altars draped in green for so long it seems a pleasant change to go into Red for what we call ‘The Kingdom season’. Soon it will change again to purple to reflect the beginning of Advent and the preparations for the birth of the Christ child.

Advent. A time of waiting, a time of expectations and preparations for great celebrations, a time when we should be able to stand still and reflect on our lives. In this time of instant answers, sound bites and television interviewers telling us ‘we are running out of time’ just ‘being’ isn’t in fashion is it? So often we miss a chance to walk down the unknown pathways of life because we are in too much of a hurry to reach our defined goals. We miss the beauty of the sunsets because the light is blinding us in our car mirrors, we miss precious moments with our loved ones because we ‘are too busy at the moment’; and we fail to realise that those moments may never come again.

During this advent there will be a DVD shown in church on December 4th and December 11th. We will be using our comfortable chairs in the North Aisle and everyone is welcome. The DVD will start at 7:00pm and afterwards there will be time for a chat over some refreshments. The subjects are: ‘An inconvenient truth’ (Al Gore) and 2 episodes from the series ‘Broken’ by Jimmy McGovern. Why not pause for a moment, sit back and watch the TV with us and have a chat?

May we all prepare for the birth of Jesus, may we all receive the baby Jesus into our hearts this Christmas and share His love for us with everyone we meet.

I wish you all a joyous and peaceful Christmas and every blessing for 2018.

May God Bless us all,