Tag Archives: Christmas

Gentle January and the wisdom of the church tradition

Have you taken down your decorations yet?  We have, and we have replaced them with bowls of bulbs as the promise of spring – something hopeful.  But we are also giving a nod to a continuing festive feeling with lots … Continue reading

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Light in the darkness – a theme for Advent and Christmas this year

A quick review of religious and cultural festivals between Remembrance Sunday and the end of the calendar year throws up a list that includes Diwali, Hanukkah and the winter solstice as well as Christmas.  It is noteworthy that these all … Continue reading

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Creativity, the Spirit and thinking like a Norwegian

Apparently, the way that the Norwegians manage to enjoy a dark and cold Scandinavian winter is all to do with how they approach it mentally.  Rather than thinking ‘winter is a limiting time of year’ they tend to think ‘I … Continue reading

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The ‘no-rehearsal nativity’

Better late than never!  Here are photos of the St Mary’s ‘scratch’ nativity from Christmas 2015. In a new venture for us we used the ‘No-rehearsal-nativity’ by Janine Gillion as the basis for the December All Age service in our small village … Continue reading

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Christmas 2015 at St Mary’s Hardwick

Photos from Christmas with the worshipping community of St Mary’s Hardwick: (left to right from the top) a decorated window sill, carol singing around the fire, Christmas family fun morning (both photos), the donkey from the scratch nativity, candles in the dark … Continue reading

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Gateways inaugural gathering

Gateways, the new community gathering in Caldecote, had its ‘launch’ get-together on Sunday 13 December.  We laughed and laughed, and then there were baked potatoes for tea! The cardboard box stable proved trickier to get up than expected despite Michael’s … Continue reading

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Operation Christmas Child update

Those of you who contributed a shoebox to Operation Christmas Child this year might like to read this news: “Last week 60,000 shoeboxes were delivered to children in Northern Iraq who are now refugees. Having escaped from the clutches of … Continue reading

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Some Christmas events so far

Here’s a selection of images from some of the Christmas events in the villages so far this year. Christmas Family Fun Morning in Hardwick         Community carol singing around the bonfire outside Hardwick church       … Continue reading

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6 things to do in Advent (other than shopping and cooking)

Advent (‘coming’) is a time for preparation as we look towards the feast of Christmas and anticipate the celebration of love entering the world in the form of a vulnerable baby.  It teaches us about patience, and about the value … Continue reading

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How many times have you sung ‘Away in a Manger’?

The following will appear in the Dry Drayton News in December Most of us will have sung it many, many times: perhaps when we were young, and then again with children or grandchildren.  Will you be singing it, or listening … Continue reading

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