Happy New Year!
Welcome, and yes – the start of a new Christian Year and the longing for Christ in our world. And with the newness comes also the hope of better things in the future.
This is the first Sunday in Advent and whilst we are restricted (this is our second Sunday on Zoom because our Sanctuaries are closed) we are still sending out the Good News of the coming Child.
Sheila Brown is organising that an email of Mary and Joseph be sent around as we have done with the knitted versions in the past. The Junior Church have organised our Church Christmas card to be sent out too.
The Newsletter gives information of the services we will be able to hold during the Festive period. Of particular interest, I hope, are the three ‘trial‘ services which will be streamed – our traditional Nativity service, our Watchnight service and the first Sunday of 2021 pointing us to a new time with vaccines coming over the hill.
The Watchnight service will be recorded at 7pm on Christmas Eve and then streamed later on to the comfort of your own homes, so, in a deeper way, we can celebrate the turn to Christmas Day and the joy of Christ being born.
In our prayers we remember the family of Sheila Milne, whose funeral took place on Thursday 26th November, and the family of Margaret Steven whose funeral will take place on the 9th December. St Margaret’s Hospice will once again hold their ‘Light up a Life Campaign‘ illuminating their Christmas tree from Sunday 29 November until Wednesday 6 January 2021. Due to the pandemic this will be done virtually, with the service being live-streamed from the grounds of the Hospice. If you wish to support the ap-peal you can complete the form online with the link:
Christ is coming! Remember to have your candle at the ready – and let Christ light up your life.
Click to download weekly reflection for Sunday 29 November 2020 (PDF):-