How good is your memory? I have to confess that mine is not always brilliant – there have been many times when I’ve forgotten important things. I think we all recognise the feeling when we remember something we’re supposed to have done, said, or prepared for. I know I’ll never forget the hen party at a spa where I forgot my swimming costume – it was all compounded by my exhaust falling off my car the same weekend.
There are some things that are easy to forget, and some that are imprinted on our minds. We will never forget the sacrifices that the generations before us made (and even some of our own generation have made) for our freedom, and for peace in our world. We will never forget that many have given their health, their wealth, their limbs and their lives in wars in years gone past.
We can’t imagine what life in the trenches 100 years ago was like. It would have been freezing, damp, smelly and uncomfortable. I know that sometimes we look at our world and it feels like everything is falling apart – I’m sure this is something we would have shared with those soldiers in the trenches.
In the midst of all of this, God is here. Psalm 46 reminds us that:
“God is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in trouble. There for we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.”
No matter what is going on in the world, this is something we can remember and hold on to. Even when it feels like the world is upside down and not as we would choose, God is with us. In the next few weeks, we’ll be thinking more about what it means to have God with us – this is what we’re celebrating at Christmas – Jesus is literally “Emmanuel”, or God with us. God is with us, he is faithful, and he knows.
Come and remember with us, Sunday 11th November, at our Remembrance Parade and Service. We’re meeting at St Michael’s School at 2.45 to parade to the church at 3pm. It will be a service suitable for all ages.
Come to the Alternative Christmas Market!
On Saturday 24th November, we’ll be building on the success of last year’s Alternative Christmas Market. We know that there are lots of events and things to do around Christmas time, but this one is special because we’re aiming to put on an event with a difference.
We know that so many of the things we produce and consume cause great harm to our environment and keep people working in factories in terrible conditions, so we are aiming instead to sell items that have been upcycled, re-purposed, or recycled in different ways. We’re also selling locally produced, and hand made items.
If that isn’t enough, we’ll have a cafe selling treats and refreshments, a Fair-Trade Fashion show – you may even recognise some of the models…and various other choirs and music groups entertaining us. There will be some workshops and demonstrations so that you can make your own Christmas treats.
One project we’re really excited about this year is the Second Half project, who have set up a carpenters workshop at the back of St Michael’s. They are a rehabilitation project for those who have come off the streets, learning skills, gaining experience, and generating an income. They’ve been making wooden Christmas trees and planters amongst other things – come and see!
You might ask why we’re doing this – it’s definitely hard work to put on an event like this. But it is something we believe to be so important – as Christians, we’re called to be stewards of our creation and to love our neighbours as ourselves. We believe it’s a way we can put our faith into practice and show the love of Jesus to our world.
Come along, get all your Christmas presents, and help us make our world a better place.
Drenched kicked off with great success last Wednesday. (And yes, I did beat everyone at Mario Kart…)
It’s a club for all those in Years 5 and 6. We play games, chill out, eat tuck, and have a lot of fun in the process. But the more people who come, the more fun will be possible. Why not send your children along to come and join us???
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