Caroline’s Monthly Letter – January 2018

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year

I must begin by thanking everyone who helped to make our Christmas celebrations so special, those who decorated the church, cooked and baked meals and treats, organised both church services and social gatherings, musicians, singers, readers, washer-uppers and cleaners, those who have donated time, effort (and money!), and those who have come along to worship with us, or attend coffee mornings, Forget-me-not Cafe, and show your support. Thank you.

We begin the year with excellent news of a grant of £10,000 being awarded toward our boiler fund by Potters Landfill tax communities fund.

As the year turns many of us make new year’s resolutions. What changes do we need to make to our lives and behaviours to help us to flourish in the changing world around us? Perhaps adjustments to our diet or exercise to benefit our health, or maybe we want to challenge ourselves to learn a new skill, to read more widely; or dedicate time to an abandoned hobby, perhaps there’s a bad habit that needs to be given up. Whatever changes we decide to make to our lives, and however fast our world seems to be changing, there is one thing we can rely on not to change – God’s love’ for us.

King George VI quoted this poem by Minnie Louise Haskins before the world entered the dark and troubled new year in his Christmas message in 1939. It bears repeating now:

And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year:

“Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”

And he replied:

“Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.” So I went forth, and finding the Hand of God, trod gladly into the night. And He led me towards the hills and the breaking of day in the lone East.”

With Every Blessing,

Caroline