LiFT 9th December
Good evening friends,
I am sat in one of our local pubs as I write this, in a welcome break before an evening meeting. Gammon and chips will be placed in front of me very shortly and I must confess to enjoying the peace and quiet, knowing that Will is holding the fort at home, and I can pick anything from the menu and not have to clear up afterwards!!
It’s a funny old week – I sense a slow rise in tension and anxiety around Covid-19 and how we should be behaving and protecting ourselves. It’s such a difficult time because we have so many expectations about our Christmas preparations, but we don’t want to compromise the festival itself! As of today there is no change in the Church in Wales guidelines but I would urge you to do what is right for you as individuals, and please don’t feel under any pressure to be in church if it doesn’t feel comfortable to do so. If you have a responsibility that you don’t feel able to honour I completely understand but just ask that you let me know so that I can come up with a plan.
We have seen the start of our special services specifically for Christmas this week, with our inaugural service designed with those who have dementia in mind. It was fantastic to see about forty people in the church for this short, relaxed service, and it is certainly something we will be doing next year. Thank you to everyone who made it happen!
Thank you too to those of you who have begun to take part in our Advent celebration of what it means to be a kind community, and how that is what church is. I’ve seen some lovely comments and acts of kindness recorded by every age of person. Do please keep writing on those walls, it’s not a one time only opportunity. I am constantly amazed by how much good will there is around, and how much people do fro each other without a second thought.
And perhaps that’s enough for now. Please, if you can, remember in your prayers all the activities hat will be happening over the next two weeks, and especially pray for all those who will be coming to church for the first time in a while. These people are not visitors, but are irregular attenders, and my prayer for them is that something in the service encourages them and invites them to return and explore their faith and relationship with God.
My dinner has arrived.
With love to you all,
Compline Sunday 8pm
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