Christmas this year will feel very 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. <em>God is with us.</em> With us in the mess as in the good, in the disappointment and the difficulty, in sorrow and in celebration.
We pray that as you journey through the Christmas season you will know that Jesus journeys with you. May you know God's comfort and, in whatever your circumstances, be surprised by God's joy.
<strong>DETAILS OF SERVICES IN CHURCH AND ONLINE WILL BE SHOWN BOTH HERE AND ON OUR BENEFICE WEBSITE (www.naylandchurches.wordpress.com/christmas) ONCE THE EXTENT OF COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS OVER THE HOLIDAY SEASON ARE KNOWN.</strong>
In the meantime you can access online services from The Church of England, download the free <strong>#ComfortAndJoy</strong> App where you can hear again the message of the angels - good news of God's unfailing love for a world that is weary and hurting at: <strong>www.churchofengland.org/ComfortAndJoy</strong>