One of the most moving sights I saw this Christmas was the year six pupils of Christ Church School in procession at their carol service in church. Each older pupil led a Reception pupil by one hand and carried a Christingle orange in the other. It was a wonderful picture of both innocence and maturity, with the light of Christ at the centre of every part of the procession.
Yet, this peaceful scene was in stark contrast with the tense world situation. For us there may also be family or health worries closer to home and we may have spiritual questions of our own.
Let us actively seek to place the light of Christ in our hearts and homes over this Christmas period. If you are interested in exploring how the light of Christ can help us in the New Year, I warmly invite you to join us on Christianity Explored, which begins at 7.45 on Thursday 28th January with a glass of wine and a meal.
As I think of plans for the coming year, I am hugely grateful for the hard work and dedication of our staff, wardens, readers, and all lay ministry leaders, from musicians to the flower team, who have worked so hard all year and particularly in December to ensure that our Christmas services have been full of light and hope.
In John 1:5, we are assured that
“The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it.”
What a comfort and help it is to know this whatever we face in the coming year.
With warmest best wishes in Christ,
David, Mary, Daniel, Emily, Chloe and Sophie (Hall)