Newsletter - January 2019

I love the build-up to Christmas. There is so much going on in church and the excitement builds during December until Christmas Day finally arrives. This year got off to a wonderful start with the Carolaire in the Bothy, organised by our fundraising committee, where we enjoyed singing carols and listening to seasonal readings and songs, followed by a delicious afternoon tea and entertainment. Our thanks go to Jenny, Suzy, Laura and Barbara for all their hard work.

On the second Sunday we held our Christingle and Toy Service. The celebration is named after the Christingles whose elements tell the Christian story. We start with an orange, which represents the world. A red ribbon or tape is then tied around its middle and symbolises the love and blood of Christ. Fruits and sweets are skewered on to four cocktail sticks and then stuck in to the orange. These represent God’s good gifts – the fruits of the earth and the four seasons. Finally, a candle it pushed into the centre of the orange and lit, representing Christ, the light of the world, who brings hope to people living in darkness. It’s a very simple design that carries a big meaning.

As in previous years, the toys donated at the service were given to the Bexley Women’s Aid, which provides support and refuge to women and their children affected by domestic abuse. They will be distributed to the children at their Christmas party, as well as to mothers who cannot afford to buy a gift to give their child on Christmas morning. The generosity of our local community never ceases to amaze us each year and we thank you all for supporting this very worthy charity.

The Carol Service on the third Sunday is a time for singing Christmas carols, listening to the bible readings and reflecting on their meaning.

Christmas Eve’s Crib Service sees the church filled with excited children, visiting families, and parents who came to this service when they were children and now bring along their own and, in some instances, their grandchildren to share this very special time of year when the Christmas story is told. Later that evening, we go to St Barnabas church for the Midnight Communion service.

Finally, the long-awaited Christmas Day arrives and we celebrate at St James the birth of Christ with our friends from St Barnabas.

As you can see, December is a very busy month for everyone, but it is also a joyful time. We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and wish you a very Happy New Year.

Maxine & Suzy, Churchwardens

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