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St Michaels and All Angels Church, Bodenham The Chancel, St Michaels and All Angels Church, Bodenham


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The Vicar's Monthly Message

03/12/2017

A LETTER FROM THE CHURCHWARDENS

Most of us are now thinking about Christmas. The shops are decorated and full of gifts. Christmas trees and carol-singers are to be seen. Soon there will be school nativity plays, pantomimes and Christmas cards and presents to be sent. Amidst all this it is easy to miss the Christmas Message of “Peace and Goodwill to all people”.

We can get so caught up in the “busyness” and preparations for Christmas that by the time it comes we are jaded and tired, so it is good to take some time off for rest and quiet.

The Christmas story is one of hope and joy – the birth of baby Jesus in a stable in Bethlehem, visited by shepherds and Kings. This baby who grew up to become Jesus - the young man who healed the sick, showed kindness to all he met and taught us to “love one another” and to “treat others as we should like them to treat us”. If we all did that, we might indeed have peace on earth.

Christmas is a time when we show love and care for our families and friends, But, of course there are many people for whom Christmas is not a happy time and it is good to remember those who are ill or lonely and on their own. And perhaps we can give to help the homeless and hungry and those suffering from conflict and war.

The Church Christmas Bazaar in the Parish Hall on Saturday, 2nd December at 2.00pm is a chance to meet friends, do some Christmas shopping and have tea.

Come and sing carols at St Michael’s Church! The Service of Carols and Nine Lessons is on Sunday 17th December at 6.00pm. It will be followed by mulled wine and mince pies.

Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve starts at 11.15pm. It will be taken by the Revd Prebendary David Roberts and will be by candlelight. So please bring a small candle in a safe holder.

On Christmas Morning we have the Archdeacon of Hereford, the Venerable Paddy Benson, coming to take the 10.30am Service of Family Communion.

On New Year’s Eve our bell-ringers will ring in the New Year in the customary way – a good welcome on a frosty night in our village. The New Year is of course a time for New Year resolutions. We shall all make our own - but one resolution might be that we try to carry some of the Christmas spirit of peace and goodwill on through next year!

We wish you a very happy Christmas and New Year and a healthy and peaceful 2018.

Vivien Moffitt and Tom James-Moore
 

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