Christmas this year will feel different. The family gatherings may well be smaller. For at least some of us, we may be joining in the familiar carols online rather than in church. But it will still be, as always, a time to care for one another and to be together.
It will be a time to look back on a year when so much has changed. To remember those who have died, to support those who have lost jobs, to be thankful for all who have cared for the sick and the vulnerable.
What has not changed is the story and the meaning of Jesus’ birth. God is with us. With us in the mess as in the good, in the disappointment and the difficulty, in sorrow and in celebration.
More information on the Church of England 'Comfort & Joy' Advent & Christmas theme can be found at www.churchofengland.org
Details of Christmas services at St Mary's will be published on the St Mary's Church website