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View from the Vicar

So I’m struggling a little to believe that I’m writing another Christmas thought already. Surely we only just packed away the Christmas tree and began the New Year. As years go how has the last one been? Did you make any resolutions or goals at the start of the year? Did you manage to keep any? Well the good news is it’s only just over a month until you have the opportunity to make some more…
When you read this we will have entered the season of Advent. For Christians it’s the time when we watch and wait. It’s a time of reflection and anticipation. As the Christmas party season starts, and the pressure from the advertisers to buy the latest gadget or fashion increases, why not take an opportunity in the days before Christmas to stop and reflect on the things that you're thankful for from the last year. Then consider what you're anticipating in this season, what you're hoping might happen as you spend time with friends and family.

As you think about the future can I suggest a Christmas present idea if you haven’t completed your shopping? A book came out in October by the artist Charlie Mackesy called 'The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse'. It is topping the best-seller list and is a beautifully illustrated short story that will appeal to any age. Richard Curtis endorses it saying, "A wonderful work of art and a wonderful window into the human heart".

In it, the mole asks the boy, "What do you want to be when you grow up?". "Kind" said the boy.

In the Christmas story angels appear to the shepherds to announce the birth of Jesus with a message of peace and goodwill. In a world that can appear increasingly unkind my hope for all of us in this season is that we would know God’s kindness and be able to demonstrate kindness to one another.

We would love to see you at the Carols around the Christmas Tree at 4:00pm on Sunday, 15th December at the Village Hall, or at our 6:00pm Christmas Eve Service when the Rev'd. David Spence, our new Associate Vicar, will be speaking. There will also be a Family Communion service at 9:30am on Christmas Day.

Whatever your plans for the Christmas season, may I finish by wishing you a very Happy Christmas from all at St. James and hope that you would know God's peace and goodwill, this Christmas and beyond.

Simon Kirby
December 2019