GLEANINGS FROM THE PARISH NEWS - DECEMBER 2019 & JANUARY 2020
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Gleanings from the Parish News
SHOEBOX APPEAL 2019 - THANK YOU
A big thank you to all who have supported the Shoebox appeal this year.
£230.00 was raised to buy toiletries, toys, gifts, hats, gloves, socks and scarves etc to go into the boxes and to contribute to the transport costs.
63 boxes were either donated complete or packed on the packing day – a fantastic total! The total was significantly higher this year because of very generous donations from the Guides who enjoyed packing boxes of their own.
Thanks must also go to everyone who has been knitting throughout the year. This has made a wonderful contribution to our boxes. How lovely for the families to have homemade scarves, hats or mittens and baby clothes too! These donations are very special indeed.
The boxes have now been delivered to the charity's main warehouse in Worthing. The boxes are packed into crates and delivered by lorry to Moldova, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria in December. Every year each shoebox brings hope to poor families and tells them that someone far away cares about them. Many of these families live in very deprived villages without running water, heating or electricity. Some live in appalling conditions, often in just one or two rooms, and life for them is a real struggle to survive.
If you would like more information about Link to Hope you can visit their website at www.linktohope.co.uk and see a video of last year's excitement when the boxes were delivered. LN
2020 – DON'T PANIC!
A Pastoral Letter for the New Year
When I wrote this in time for January publication, the General Election campaign was in full swing. Whatever predictions I might have had about the vote in December. I'm pretty sure that they will, no doubt, now prove to be wrong! Whenever we look forward into the unknown that is the future we have a potent sense of uncertainty, hope and aspiration.
At the beginning of a New Year we might look back and reflect on what has been. 2019, without doubt, has given us all plenty to look back on! We also look forward and usually resolve that whatever the future holds we somehow want to be better. It's not only the start of a new year that provokes us to reflect and review our lives in this way. So many of us spend time in our professional lives reflecting and reviewing, setting aspirational targets for a better and more successful future. Even if we don't have to do that, we all live with the tyranny of the diary, constantly looking ahead, planning and preparing for the future. The unexpected joy of being asked to write this article at a time when I can't look back on an event that hasn't yet happened, or predict with any confidence where we might be now or what future is unfolding, is that I am compelled to simply be where I am. The gift of the present moment, trusting that I am where God has called me to be now, and that He loves me in this place at this time, and that He is in all time and eternity, redeeming that which has been and going before us – Alpha and Omega – the beginning and the end; this is the gift of peace.
At the beginning of this New Year may we know that peace of God which passes all understanding; the peace that is the gift of the Risen Lord who has gone before us. He tells us not to be anxious or afraid. Thee worst that can happen has happened; we have killed the Son of God. But, God raised him from the dead and gave him glory, that our faith and hope might be in Him. The perfect love of the Risen and Ascended Lord drives out fear. Whilst I can't predict the events of recent weeks, I do know that amidst whatever confusion and uncertainty the ongoing drama of our national life throws at us, the drama of our salvation revealed in the Birth, Death, Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus continues as He works the good purposes of his perfect will. His grace is sufficient and His power is made perfect in our weakness.
The invitation is to grow in our love for Him, and to joyfully trust in his promises, for He is faithful. Or, in other words, “thy kingdom come on earth, as it is in heaven.” Happy New Year!
The Venerable Luke Irvine-Capel, Archdeacon of Chichester
NEW SONG CAFE
The next New Song Cafe will be on Sunday afternoon 12th January from 4.00 pm to 5.00 pm in St John the Baptist church, Kirdford.
Come and join us for tea/coffee and cake and to enjoy learning a few new worship songs.
PRAYERS FOR THE NATION
We should at all times pray for our Queen, and those who govern our nation, be that at a local or national level.
Ahead of the General Election, we will be holding a particular time of prayer at St John the Baptist church, Kirdford on Saturday 7th December from 10.00 am to 12.00 midday.
Please do drop by, and join in for some or all of this time.
CAROL SINGING AT THE FORESTERS
On Monday 9th December at 7 pm, come and join in this fun evening of carol singing led by our church choir.
RAFFLE in aid of the COMMUNITY BUS.