The Vicar writes:
Advent is a time of watching, waiting and preparation, and a time of hope, as we look forward to Christmas and think about what we ought to do to be ready to welcome God’s Son, both now and when he returns.
Christmas itself is a time of celebration as we thank God for the gift of his Son and the fact that God chose to become one of us.
After Christmas we move into Epiphany, and our focus moves outwards from the manger into the mission of the church, as making disciples and reaching out into the world as evangelists.
Much of our time during Advent though is inevitably spent preparing for the Christmas season. We are thinking about gifts and decorations, food, and drink. We are planning celebrations and gatherings with family and friends - something we could not do last year. The challenge for us all is how we can engage with the real purpose of the seasons.
All are welcome to join with us as we explore what is at the Heart of Christmas in the parish over the festive period.
Rev’d Fiona Weaver