Marion Reynolds, 20 Tudor Hollow, 01782 397073
Mrs Rowena Robinson, Fulford Dale Cottage, Tel 01782 397838
Mrs Shirley Rawlings, 14 Carters Croft, Tean, Tel 01538 724392
From the Vicar
As I write this on a dark and murky day, rain pouring and wind gusting, if I listen to the news on the TV or radio, I might be forgiven for asking myself: why on earth am I sending Christmas cards with peace on earth and goodwill to all written on them? What peace? What goodwill? What joy? What is there to celebrate? It all seems so dark and murky doesn’t it? It was precisely the same over 2000 years ago in what we now call Israel – the people didn’t think they had anything to celebrate – after all they were living under the harsh rule of their Roman conquerors weren’t they? Where was God in their situation? And how often do we hear that same sentiment today. I give the same answer as I gave when I was asked a similar question after 911: God is there with you, crying with you, sharing the pain, angry and frustrated. Why? Because it is not God who is perpetrating the evil we see and hear about all around us; it is man. As a Christian, John 3:16 is my lynchpin: “God so loved the world that he sent his only Son”. That is what Christmas is really all about.
At the end of November the church begins its new year, as always, with the season of Advent. Advent is one of two penitential seasons in the church (the other being Lent) when Christians particularly think about how far we fall short of what God would like us to be and we ask for His forgiveness. We look forward to celebrating Christ’s first coming as a baby (at Christmas) and we also look forward to his promised second coming at some time in the future which only God knows when every tear shall be wiped from our eyes and death shall be no more as we are told in Revelation 21. At the end of Advent we have one of the two joyful seasons of the church – Christmas (just as we have Easter at the end of Lent). Christmas is the time when Christians remember, and thank God, that He loved the world so much that He was prepared to send his only son to show us a role-model for life. Christmas Day is the time when we give thanks for the birth of the divine Jesus as a human being, to a human family.
We will be celebrating Advent, Christmas Night and Christmas Day. Everyone is welcome to come and join us for any, or all, of the services. Who knows, if you do, then maybe you, too, will experience the love of God in your life this Christmas.
May God bless you and all you love at this special time of year.
Services at St. Nicholas Church
December 2018 & January 2019
2nd Dec 9:30am BCP Holy Communion
9th December 9:30am Holy Communion
16th December8:45am Said BCP Holy Communion
6:00pm Carol Service
23rd December9:30am Said Holy Communion
24th December4:00pm Crib & Christingle service at
24th December 11:30pm Midnight Mass
25th December 10:30am Family Communion for Christmas
30th December 11:15am Benefice Communion at
6th January 2019 9:30am BCP Holy Communion
13th January 9:30am Holy Communion
20th January 8:45am Said BCP Holy Communion
10:00am Family Service
27th January 9:30am Holy Communion
Advent frugal lunch & talk
On 5th, 12th, 19th December at 12noon we will be holding a frugal lunch (soup, bread and cheese) followed by a short talk on the theme of the Advent Wreath at Hilderstone Village Hall. All welcome
Taize for Advent
Short Taize style worship on the Saturdays of Advent at 5pm. 8th & 22nd Dec at St Nicholas, 15th Dec at Christ Church. All welcome
Tickets for the annual prize draw are now available from Rowena. Draw to take place on 6th December not before 8pm in BlackLake Inn
We pray for the Church, for all who are ill, bereaved, troubled or confused. If you cannot get to church and would like a visit and/or Holy Communion, contact the Vicar (397073) or Shirley Rawlings (01538 724392).
From the registers
November Freda Johnson Funeral in church & cremation
The parish profile for the Benefice of Fulford-in-Stone with Hilderstone (2017):
Contacts for other Churches
The Methodist Church (Blythe Bridge): Rev'd Ian Coates 01782 395370 The Roman Catholic Church (Meir & Cresswell): Fr Kazimierz Stefek 01782 313734; Rev Trevor Borthwick Fulford Residents
Contacts for other Churches
The Methodist Church (Blythe Bridge): Rev'd Ian Coates 01782 395370
The Roman Catholic Church (Meir & Cresswell): Fr Kazimierz Stefek 01782 313734; Rev Trevor Borthwick
Third Thursday 10 am at the Village Hall ~ All welcome
Coffee and a chat.