Happy New Year!
2014 finished with a flurry! Christmas services went well – we went carol singing around the community, we had a traditional service of lessons and carols at St Thomas’ on St Thomas’ Day, our Cupcake service and ‘Midnight’ Communion service on Christmas Eve, and two services on Christmas Day, followed by lunch for about 100 which was a wonderful occasion – food, entertainment, decorations and presents with plenty of food left over for people able to take meals home with them.
Thank you to everyone who made all these things possible. There was an army of helpers, as always, and a squadron of people making cakes, cupcakes, mince pies and goodness knows what else. It was such a pleasure to see everyone involved whether dressing an angel or preparing music. Special thanks to Jim who was in charge of the cooking on Christmas Day and to Sandi and Ian who co-ordinated the lunch.
Also, huge thanks to all who took part in our activities and services – readers, lay leaders, musicians and preachers – God’s name was honoured as we welcomed people into the church and worshipped our Lord. May He remain central to all that we do in the New Year too.
I flew home on Christmas Day, arriving on Boxing Day (otherwise known as St Stephen’s Day!). There was only one reference to Christmas on all the flights home – no red hats, mince pies or even chicken for lunch! You wouldn’t have known that it was Christmas above the ground. I did look out of the windows but never saw Father Christmas either.
I arrived at Heathrow 20 mins after our daughter arrived at the next terminal from Germany. To be welcomed by three excited daughters was a real treat. Four days later I was marrying our eldest daughter at Hampstead Church in front of a congregation full of choristers who made an amazing sound. Old London Red buses took us to the reception and a great time was had by all. Rosie and I met Sarah’s new in-laws just days before the wedding!
Now back in Taradale we have a feast of memories and Rosie and I look forward to receiving all the photos soon. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind catching up with old friends and hearing everyone’s news.
The theory is that the New Year will be off to a slower start! Either way, may you have a blessed New Year and we look forward to hearing your news at Church. This month we are celebrating at least 5 golden weddings! Come and share in our celebrations.
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