Message From Our Minister December 2018

As a child I remember my great grandmother who cooked a traditional dinner which we’d eat in scorching temperatures.  She’d sit by a wood burning stove all Christmas Day boiling vegetables to a grey mush (she thought sprouts were poisonous unless they had been boiled for several hours with crosses cut in them) and re-boiling a Christmas pudding that had been made in January and had been hanging in a cupboard for the better part of 12 months. She’d talk about England as “home” even though she had never been here and as far as we know she was the granddaughter of German Jewish immigrants who had converted to Catholicism. She refused to talk much about her family as she had been orphaned, but I did find out from her that one of her uncles had been a highwayman. Apparently, this gang often ambushed stage coaches at gun point wearing women’s clothes hmmmm.

We often have a longing for things from the past at Christmas.  I remember that time now through the rose-tinted glasses of nostalgia and sometimes marvel how we managed to eat something so stodgy in such heat with such enjoyment. I am sure many of you also find Christmas is a time of happy memories.

But we also all have a present and a future.  One of the things I am proudest of is how you care for each other. I see our churches united as much by friendship as by faith and this is a wonderful thing. This season is a time to look after each other. For anyone you know who is a little poorly, a little lonely or even a little sad please reach out. And if you are lonely or poorly or sad please let us know so we can support you in this time.

Christmas is a time of miracles and the greatest of these is human kindness. In this season let’s make kindness and friendship shine as brightly as the star that announced the miraculous birth.

Christmas blessings to you all.

Chris