Hello everyone,
Happy New Year! 

I’ve got some good news and some bad news. If you want the bad news first: the bad news is that Christmas ends on Wednesday; the good news is that we can sing Christmas carols for another four weeks until 2 February. If you want the good news first: the good news is that its still Christmas; the bad news is that we have to sing carols for another four weeks. 

Please support a local appeal by the Children’s Society – a simple idea to make sleep packs for young asylum seekers as a way of countering the effects of sleep deprivation. In this mailing you will find ways in which we can be engaged as a Church, helping with giving particular items that are needed or by making a financial donation.

The birth of a New Year calls forth the desire in us to bestow a blessing upon those we love, and the following blessing is by the Irish poet John O Donohue:

Beannacht: A Blessing for the New Year
On the day when the weight deadens on your shoulders
And you stumble, May the clay dance to balance you.

And when your eyes freeze behind the grey window
And the ghost of loss gets in to you,
May a flock of colours, indigo, red, green, and azure blue,
Come to awaken in you a meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays in the currach of thought
And a stain of ocean blackens beneath you,
May there come across the waters
A path of yellow moonlight to bring you safely home.

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
May the clarity of light be yours,
May the fluency of the ocean be yours,
May the protection of the ancestors be yours.

And so may a slow wind work these words of love around you,
An invisible cloak to mind your life.  Amen.

Virtual Service 3 January