Our Christmas theme this year – ‘At the heart of Christmas’ – seems like such an appropriate focus for us to reflect on as we come towards the end of what has been another difficult and challenging year, living with the realities and restrictions that Covid-19 has brought. When so much that was ‘normal’ was stripped away from our Christmas celebrations last year, we are all hoping for better things this year as we plan and prepare for Christmas – albeit in the ‘open-handed’ way we have all had to learn to live with. But this simple reminder that ‘At the heart of Christmas’ lies a baby – a baby born over 2,000 years ago, but a baby whose life can breathe life, give meaning, bring hope to our hearts in a way that really can make a difference to us here, today.
And nothing – not even Covid-19 – can take that reality away! To help us know the reality for ourselves, there are online Advent and Christmas resources available from the Church of England, and also our own online Advent Calendar
We are hoping and praying that we will be able to celebrate Christmas together as church in our communities with the full range of carol services and events that has been planned. Do take a look at the enclosed flyer that gives details of what is happening, where and when – and come along in-person (please wear a face-covering for indoor events and services) or join in online. We would love to share our celebrations with you!
And the really good news is that Jesus doesn’t just make an appearance at Christmas… He will journey with us into the new year, whatever that might hold for us. And there are lots of opportunities for you to join in the life of the church as we live out our vision of ‘Living to make a difference by being a Christian heart at the centre of our communities’. Do check out what’s on and consider yourself warmly invited to those things that might be of interest.
Finally, please be assured of our love and prayers for you as we celebrate Christmas this year; we’d love to share it with you along the way! And may God bless you and keep you in His love and care.