The Rector's Letter
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The Rector Writes - December
I am writing this letter after the moving service on Sunday evening to commemorate the centenary since the end of the First World War. We heard some beautiful poems and readings and sang familiar hymns. It was lovely to see the church full too.
What is interesting is that the number of people attending services at the War Memorial and in the church on Remembrance Sunday over the years has increased. As the years go by we may have thought the opposite would be true.
It is also the same at Christmas. Although the media would have us believe that many people are no longer interested in Christianity; our churches are often full at Christmas. This is not simply because we love watching children perform a Nativity play and enjoy singing familiar carols.
For as with Remembrance Sunday we are moved by the events which took place many years ago. We recall the birth of a baby which took place somewhere in a back street of Bethlehem over two thousand years ago. We recall that God in his great love for mankind sent his son into the world to live as a human being like us. As he became a man Jesus showed us both in word and deed how we should live and behave.
I believe the reason that Christmas continues to be so popular is because at its heart is a message of love. Christmas is a time when we show our families and friends how much we love them by giving and receiving gifts. It is also a time when we especially think of those less fortunate than ourselves and give more money to charity. It brings out the best in all of us as we speak to complete strangers and wish them every joy of the season.
This year we have decided to introduce an additional carol service so that there will more opportunity for people of all ages to join us
Sunday 16th December at 5pm Family carols around the Christmas trees. This will mark the end of the Christmas tree Festival when the prizes will be awarded. We have chosen an earlier time so that children can join us too. It will be an informal occasion when people can ask to sing their favourite carols.
Thursday 20th December 7pm “Carols by candlelight” This service will include some well-known readings and carols as well as some items performed by the choir. There is something really special about gathering in church by candlelight
Christmas Eve 5pm Nativity play and 11.30pm Midnight Communion
Christmas Day 8am Holy Communion and 9.30am Family Communion with carols.
This year’s charities are to support the homeless in Bedford who attend the Prebend day centre and the Railway children abroad.
I look forward to celebrating the good news of Christmas with you all
With all good wishes