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East Trent Churches


December 2019

Dear Friends,

Can you believe it? We’re about to begin the third decade of the twenty first century.

Can you believe it? A general election has been called for December 12th. Our busy pre Christmas timetable might be interrupted, we might have more than Christmas cards dropping through the letterbox and we might even have strangers knocking on our doors asking for our votes.

We might feel tired and worn down by an election at the end of this politically fraught year and we might complain that it just doesn’t fit, but let’s think about what happened around the first Christmas.

Mary and Joseph had to travel to Bethlehem. This was because of a political decision to force everyone to travel to their home towns to register in a census. It was dangerous and costly. It caused loss of earnings and extra expense. Mary was pregnant while she travelled and Jesus was born in a stable in the overcrowded town.

Can you believe it? This is how God came into the world, but because God came into the world, nothing can change that, however disrupted our world is. Because God came into the world, we have lots to celebrate, so check the list of services and events.

In our churches, we are telling, singing and celebrating the story of Christmas in December and January. We start on December 1st, with a noisy Christingle and Advent carol service and we continue with more Christingles, carol services and Christmas Holy Communions. Please don’t miss out, come along and bring someone else with you. These services are for everyone.

A number of our beautiful churches will be open every day through December, so if you want a bit of peace and quiet, please do pop in.

So, this December, remember the first Christmas, sing carols, pray prayers and call into church. Oh, and don’t forget to vote!

Have a very joyful Christmas and Happy New Year.

God bless you

Revd Mandy.