Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted.
November is the month for remembering those we have loved but see no more, those who were pioneers of the faith and those who have died in the service of our Country.
5 November is All Saints day and we remember the pioneers of our faith who in many cases were willing to put their lives on the line in service of Christ and of others.
5 November we also have on that day a service at 6.30 ‘In Loving Memory’ when we will be remembering those we have loved with a quiet reflective service. It is an opportunity to pray, light a candle and join with others who have lost loved ones. There will be refreshments after the service.
12 November is Remembrance Sunday and we remember the sacrifices of those who died or were injured during the hostilities of the two world wars and all the conflicts since then. The British Legion, members of the parish council and the uniformed organisations will be attending the 11.20 service at St Giles. This service is open to anyone in the village.
1 Thessalonians 1:2 We always thank God for all of you and continually remember you in our prayers.
Our harvest was a huge success in the amount of food that was brought for the needy, in the large fellowship that shared a ‘Big Harvest Lunch’ together, in the numbers of you who came to sing the traditional harvest hymns and praise God for all His gifts .
I would like to thank everyone who contributed to our harvest in anyway those who brought food for the needy, decorated the church, took part in the service, planned and cooked the meal, served and cleared away. It was a real team effort an effort of the whole fellowship. I want to thank you for your faithfulness to God and his mission here in Bramhope.
There will be another chance to help those who have less. Every year we send to Social services toys new or nearly new for those children who would otherwise not receive anything.
Social services are always very grateful to receive and distribute these toys which go to children who are the most vulnerable in our city. They have parents who have learning difficulties, issues with addiction to alcohol and drugs, mental health issues and parents who live in poverty.
Your kindness means that children who would have been without feel the generosity of strangers, the children and their parents are very appreciative.
Thank you from me for your past generosity. Please can I ask you to start sorting out toys and gifts for children from babies to teenagers new or nearly new unwrapped please ready for our toy service on 10 December.
May God Bless all who mourn, all who share their plenty with others, all who are connected with our church and all who live in our parish may you know the comfort and peace that only faith in God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit can bring.