After the excitement of Christmas it’s time to look forward to what’s coming up in the later part of the winter. Thank you to all who took part in or visited the Christmas Tree festival, and congratulations to the two winners – you voted for Tracey Canter in first place for her clever Nativity Scene incorporated into her Christmas tree, and in second place Emily Parker-Cronin for her delightfully joyful decorations on her tree (and I guess thanks for Alex and Hayley who may have lent a hand too).
The main point was to invite you into the church to share the sight of the trees, but as a side issue we also raised some funds for church so thanks for your contributions. The Christingle was great too – thank you for your donations which have been sent to the Children’s Society.
As I write this, our Carols by Candlelight hasn’t yet happened but again I am sure it will be wonderful, and a big thank you to those who give up their time at such a busy period to make it happen and to clear away afterwards.
In the new year we have a number of significant things to celebrate. Epiphany (the celebration of the visit of the wise men to Bethlehem) is on 6 January so we’ll think about this at our 9am family communion service on 5 January. It’s still the Christmas season in church until the end of the month, finishing with Candlemas (remembering how Mary and Joseph took baby child Jesus to the temple) on 2 February, again with family communion at 9am.