Pastoral Message for December
from Revd Penny Thorne - our new Minister
I first had the pleasure of writing to you 3 months ago when I was surrounded by boxes and hoping to move. Finally, Lynne and I have moved to Totton so I am surrounded by even more boxes and chaos! By the time you read this we will be with you not just in spirit but in body too! I look forward to being able to spend more time with you, getting to know you all better.
As we pull our Christmas decorations out of the loft ready to go, I am all too aware that we will be needing them very soon. We are fast approaching that time of year when we celebrate Christmas. It’s such a busy time of year for people with so much shopping to be done, Church activities to attend and friends and families to catch up with. Sometimes it feels to me as if we get the Christmas decorations out of the box as a symbolic time to start Christmas festivities and then put them away in January to denote that it is all over and done with for another year. However, as Christians, we recognise that our festivities are about celebrating the birth of Jesus. We celebrate that God came to earth in human form to walk alongside us and show us how we should live our lives. That’s not a concept that we should be restricting to when the Christmas decorations are up. It’s something that we can keep celebrating throughout the year. I pray that you will carry the love of Christ’s arrival with you throughout the Christmas season and hold onto it when everyone else packs Christmas away.
This Christmas season Lynne and I wish you all a wonderful festive time and we look forward to sharing our first Christmas celebrations with you all at Trinity this year.