So here it is; our last posting of 2015. It’s been quite a year all told. We began the year closed, worked hard in the first few months to get the chapel back into shape, enjoyed re-openings, weddings, community cafes some wonderfully inspiring services, peaceful meditation sessions and the joy of a community of like-minded folk enjoying music together.
Here’s hoping that 2016 holds just as much in store.
Our Candle-lit Carol Service takes place on Sunday December 20th at 4.00pm. Led by Stephen Crowther, our festive service will include favourite carols for all the family. We have a Christmas tree all ready – except for baubles – because we are hoping that everybody will contribute one so that they can visit it on the tree year after year. Bring the whole family along for this special time together.
Winter Solstice Service
Duncan will lead a ‘Winter Solstice’ service on Tuesday December 22nd at 7.30 pm. All are welcome to attend this unique event to mark the season.
Community Cafe Nativity Making
Our cafe had fun in November preparing a little nativity scene for the chapel. Doesn’t it look super? See the calendar above for the next Saturday Community Cafe.
Claude Bourbon Concert
The Claude Bourbon concert held at the beginning of December was a huge success. Claude clearly enjoyed playing in our lovely setting and looks forward to returning soon. Thanks to everybody who supported this event; without an audience, we are nothing!
At a recent service, Duncan reported on his visit to Sheffield where the future vision of the movement was discussed. He submitted this prayer for us to enjoy.
In one direction by Rev. Cliff Reed
Our lives move in one direction, but we need not fear the destination. There are worse things than journey’s end, if end it be…
Worse things, like living without purpose, living without love, living without ever having seen the gossamer in autumn.
Spirit of Life, we are grateful for the things we need for our existence – our food and drink, our shelter from the storm, the clothes on our backs; the basics that everyone on earth should have.
But, as Jesus said, “life is more than food”. Help us to receive with gratitude the things we need to live: the loving touch, the word of comfort, the vision of earth’s glory, the sense of your presence in all Creation.
Above all, help us to know you in ourselves and in those we meet – though sometimes we make it hard.
Our lives move in one direction, there is no going back. May joy be ours on the journey; joy in sharing it with those who share the Way. However long the road, however hard, help us, amid the tears, always to find reasons for laughter, song, and praise as we travel together.
Peter Mayer reminds us of what to really appreciate at Christmas time.