I’m writing this, my first ‘proper’ newsletter to you, just two days after my Licensing Service. It was quite an event and I must admit that I am still walking around in a bit of a daze and wearing a bit of a silly smile! Chris and I would like to thank you all for your warm wishes and welcome. Thank you also for the many cards. They are currently on display all around the vicarage and the ‘Congratulations’ cards are mingled in with the ‘Welcome to your New Home’ cards and also bereavement cards (my Dad’s funeral was on Tuesday 19th Nov). As you may imagine, this has been a time of such mixed emotions and it is a stark reminder of the cycle of life, complete with its highs and its lows.
Jesus, through his own human experience, knows all about the highs and lows of life. He doesn’t pull any punches about what’s wrong with the world or suggest that following him brings any immunity from its hurts and pains. What he does do is promise hope, strength, joy and love to those who believe and, above all, the promise of life eternal…how good is that?
This season of Advent, as well being the beginning of a new church year, is a time of waiting. A time for us to begin again…to make preparations to welcome Jesus, the Christ child into the world and into our hearts.
The old church year also marks an end of your extended vacancy and the new church year promises new beginnings as I begin my ministry here as your Priest-in-Charge. As I said in my response at the Licensing Service “We are going on quite an adventure together. It is going to be interesting, it might even be challenging and who knows, it might even be fun! It is also my privilege to serve God and, with you all, to further his Kingdom in this beautiful part of the world”.
With every blessing for this Advent season,
Dates for Your Diary……
Wednesday, December 4th at 10 a.m. – Rewind to Christmas for Y6 pupils (St. John’s)
Saturday, 7th December from 10 – 4 p.m.- Christmas Fair (StA’s)
Saturday, 7th December at 7.00 p.m. – Langcliffe Singers Concert (HA)
Sunday, 8th December at 6.30 p.m. – Community Carol Service (HA)
Tuesday, 10th December at 2.30 p.m. – Bibletime (Limestone View)
Thursday, 12th December at 7.30 p.m. – Bible Study (chez Ray & Catie)
Saturday, 14th December at 7.30 p.m. – Gigg.&Settle Brass Band (HA)
Monday 16th – Giggleswick Primary School rehearsals (St. Alkelda’s)
Tuesday 17th December – Giggleswick Primary School rehearsals 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (StA’s)
Tuesday 17th December – Settle College Lower School Carol Concert Rehearsal 10:30 a.m. (StA’s)
Tuesday 17th December – Settle College Lower School Carol Concert 1.30p.m. (StA’s)
Wednesday, 18th December – Giggleswick Primary School’s Christmas Show Rehearsal 1.30p.m. (StA’s)
Wednesday, 18th December – Giggleswick Primary School’s Christmas Show 6 p.m. (StA’s)
Thursday, 19th December – Settle College Upper School Prizegiving Rehearsal 9 a.m.-11a.m. (StA’s)
Thursday, 19th December – Settle College Upper School Prizegiving 7 p.m. (StA’s)
Holy Ascension’s travelling crib plus lots of lovely, seasonal story books will be blessed at this morning’s service before it begins its Advent journey around our local schools, playgroups and homes. Please get in touch if your family would like to host the crib and read the stories during the weeks leading up to Christmas Eve when the crib will return to church for the family Crib Service at Holy Ascension on Christmas Eve at 3pm. email: [email protected] / 07740 493863
Christmas flowers – if you would like to contribute towards flowers for decorating the churches, please give your donations to Margaret Roberts (HA), Ray Jones (StA’s) or Sue Shepherd (HT). Thank you.
The 3-Parishes Diary is attached below. This has full details of our services and events this month.