The newsletter for November from our minister, Rev. Francis Neil

Have you ever turned up for church an hour early?  If so, Revd. Francis' letter may strike a chord........

Dear Friends,

I don't know about you but the phrase 'time flies' seems really pertinent to me at the moment. Speaking of time. Did you remember to put your clocks back? Someone reminded me recently about how to remember to alter the clocks with a seasonal emphasis; 'fall' back; is a reminder that the clocks go back one hour during autumn [or 'fall']; 'spring' forward is a reminder they go forward one hour in the springtime.

Of course, the ensuing darker days of this time of year remind us that we approach Advent. Advent is a time of preparation; a reminder during the four Sundays that precede Christmas Day, of the coming of Christ and of the need to be ready and not forget that Jesus will come again. The Advent season was previously kept in a similar way to the season of Lent, and still is in the Eastern Church, where Advent begins in the middle of November. The heralding of Christmas is prominent in the media, supermarkets and high street but where is the message of Christ in all this?

Advent Sunday this year is 2nd December 2018 so how will we approach and acknowledge it and the days beyond. There is great fun in opening the doors on the Advent Calendar with the small chocolate waiting on the other side, but if this is a time of deeper preparation how might we embody and engage with this time of waiting for the coming of Christ. Perhaps by choosing an Advent Calendar that also tells the story of Christ's coming and that can also be shared individually or with others. Perhaps we could meet in small groups and engage with one of the many Advent study guides that provide insight and help prayerful reflection during this time.

I hope you have remembered to alter your clocks and I pray we never forget that however dark things may seem, the Light of the World, Jesus Christ, who is the Alpha and the Omega, the Lord of all time, the beginning and the end, ever present, who has and will come again and to Him, in this and every season, be all praise and glory.



(If the help of our minister is needed, please telephone Rev. Francis on 01422 615910 )