Thought for the month
So here we are in 2018. I hope this year will be a good year. A year of sensible decision making, a year of understanding and of honesty, a year of leadership integrity, a year of tolerance over greed, a year to love your neighbour and be good to each other and, dare I say it, a year of peace.
By the time you read this it may already be February. Christmas will be over. We will also have been without the spiritual leadership of Revd. Becky for a full six months. I am glad to say we are now making progress with the new appointment and will be interviewing on 15th February. We may even have someone in post by the middle of the summer. Please hold this interview date in your thoughts and prayers. The Church of England, in its wisdom, works very slowly. However, we are all in good heart and our ministry group is managing brilliantly with a full service programme. I am optimistic that we will find a new Rector to help drive forward the Christian ministry in our five parishes and maintain the progress that has been made over the last few years.
At the time of writing this we are still in the middle of Advent, a time of preparation for Christmas. Whether you are religious or not this is a magical time for all the family. It is also a time when we think of those less well off than ourselves, those who are sick and those who need our support. At the recent “Evening of Carols” in Aldermaston Parish Hall there was a reading of a poem by Helen Steiner Rice. I would like to commend this poem to you. Some of you will already know it but for those of you who don’t, just click here: ‘The Christmas Guest’. This poem embodies what I think is the true spirit of Christmas and brings tears to my eyes whenever I read it.
So let us raise a glass, with love and hope in our hearts, to the rest of 2018 and all that this year may bring