From the Notices: 29th December 2019

 Many women around the world are living in the toughest circumstances due to poverty and prejudice. For those who are also mothers, it’s a constant fight to protect and feed their children. The Christian Aid Christmas Appeal envelopes this year are focusing on mothers in India who are strong, determined and resourceful. With your help they could use their God-given talents to build new lives for themselves and their families. You can encourage that life-changing opportunity by giving generously to support them.

 Following our tradition, the Church Christian Aid Christmas Card is in the Church Centre for you to sign, sending greetings to your friends within our Church community. Please put what you would have spent on cards in one of the small brown envelopes and place it in the offertory. Don’t just leave it by the card, it may disappear – sadly they do sometimes. We are grateful to Rod Moore for the beautiful icon he has painted, which is our picture in the Church Centre this year.

 Elisabeth Traverse is collecting used stamps for the Royal National Institute for the Blind. Please leave a margin around them before you drop them in the box in the Church Centre, or give them to her.

 We look forward to a Church Family New Year Celebration Party, including a Bring and Share supper, on Thursday 9 January at 7.30 pm. Do come, and bring your friends.

 We’re invited to join with other churches in praying this week for our Twinned City Churches in Rouen, Novi Sad, Koblenz and El Viejo.

Refugee

We think of him as safe beneath the steeple,
Or cosy in a crib beside the font,
But he is with a million displaced people
On the long road of weariness and want.
For even as we sing our final carol
His family is up and on that road,
Fleeing the wrath of someone else’s quarrel,
Glancing behind and shouldering their load.
Whilst Herod rages still from his dark tower
Christ clings to Mary, fingers tightly curled;
The lambs are slaughtered by the men of power
And death squads spread their curse across the world.
But every Herod dies, and comes alone
To stand before the Lamb upon the throne.

Malcolm Guite

Please give items for the Notices to Paul Binney by Wednesday Telephone: 01603 811786; email: paulbinney36@btinternet.com