30th December 2018

Last Sunday, after the service, a few of us got together for carol singing in the evening, the problem being, I had lost my ability to be able to sing & needed to find a voice for Christmas Eve/ Christmas Day services. So the intrepid 4 of Janet, Helen D, Heather & Sue headed for Hewson Road without me. Following their stint of carol singing around the streets, they came back & lead the carols in the Queen in the West. I joined them having found a solution for my absent voice - I accompanied on my French horn. We had a good time & with everyone joining in. We raised £83.71 for P3- thanks to those who donated. This charity reaches out to the homeless & builds relationships to help find lasting solutions for people starting to rebuild their lives. Thanks to Janet, Helen D, Sue & Heather for this initiative.

The following day, St Faith’s had their crib service. It was well attended- plenty of angels, some Marys, shepherds and Joseph a lovely little lamb. Thanks to the volunteers who helped make the service a success- those on the mulled wine & mince pies, those on the costumes, the welcomers and general organisation & those who dressed up to bring us the missing nativity characters- you were all stars that night. Following this, I took our surplus mince pies & headed for West Parade police station to bring some cheer to the members on duty on Christmas Eve.

Midnight mass was as beautiful as ever – the church looked lovely all lit up with the candles & the lights from the Christmas Trees around the church. We received a lovely message on Twitter about midnight mass with an encouragement for what the church is doing locally.

Christmas morning saw 9 children show me what Christmas presents Santa had brought them after we had discussed what was in a Christmas cracker and how this reminds us of the first Christmas when Jesus was born.

Since then, I have managed a few days meeting family across the holidays, reflecting on 2018 & looking forward to 2019. What is your year going to hold? Any plans?

Happy New Year, God bless, Revd Julie