Church of England Diocese of Lichfield Ashley

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM FATHER DAVID

19 Dec 2020, 6 p.m.

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Father David comes to the Loggerheads Benefice from Handsworth in Birmingham via Cornwall where he was responsible for three coastal parishes. He is no stranger to rural ministry having been a country parson serving seven churches in Peterborough Diocese. He trained for ministry at Westcott House, Cambridge, and completed his curacy at St Mary’s Abbey, Nuneaton. Father David, who is 62, was born in Windsor, studied at Liverpool for his first degree and worked as a Social Worker in London before ordination. He continued to study part-time and completed a Master’s Degree at Warwick University followed by a Doctorate at Bradford. Father David is married to Linda, who is also a priest, but they don’t work together as the couple say they want to stay married. When they are not working, the Isiorhos can be found in front of the fire enjoying a glass of wine and animated conversation. They are owned by a cat called Sir Micky Mango Socrates (no need to curtsey or bow).

A Christmas Message

We all know what it is like to sit in front of the fire on Christmas Day, surrounded by the debris of wrapping paper, turkey, and empty bottles and to think to ourselves 'Well it's over for another year'. Sadly, many people forget the reason for this time of celebration. Christmas marks the birth of Jesus Christ, and in words from a well-known carol, we pray that he may be 'born in us today'. Christmas should herald a new beginning and give hope for the future.

A strap line from the Prime Minister about being jolly careful is to be welcomed over the Christmas period, whatever your politics. I am only glad that he has found a new speech writer. The other ‘great’ leader of our time, Donald Trump, will be out of the White House not long into the New Year. We can only pray that the world will find new hope for peace and climate management.

There are people for whom the message of 'peace' gives courage and meaning to life where once there was only despair. The shepherds who came to the stable went back to the fields glorifying and praising God for what they had seen and heard. Ordinary life resumes, but Jesus makes it different. So, we continue to live through dangerous times and must hold on to our sanity as well as our sanitisers and await the roll out of an effective vaccine against the COVID virus.

Father David
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