By Editor, Jan 7 2019 07:34PM
Just a very short letter this month to send greetings from St. Stephen’s, while still in the midst of our Christmas preparations.
We’ve had our happy, if slightly unorthodox Nativity, when sadly our designated baby Jesus was unwell. Happily, at the very last moment toddler Henry walked in, with mother, father and 12 week old Erin. Erin was an exemplary ‘Jesus’ and Dad even had a beard! Thank you all so much, you were a lovely Holy Family.
Frances’ grandchildren enhanced the service beautifully with Lottie’s rendition of Away in a Manger, and both Phoebe and Lottie narrated. Meanwhile Emma was a little angel and the boys were angelic too!
And thank you, David for being a lovely, unfazed, ‘anchor man’.
Numbers were a little down for our Carols Evening, but that meant there was much delicious mulled wine and many nibbles to share. As usual the content of the readings varied from amusing to serious. Janet presented Simon, on the night, with a reading of the first Christmas Day during the First World War. Fortunately Simon was unfazed too, as it was a moving extract, beautifully read.
I think Janet will now be embroiled in the preparation of those Christingle oranges and then there is our midnight service to look forward to.
Now it just remains to say, we wish you and all your loved ones a happy and peaceful Christmas, sending our love and thoughts especially to baby Ernie and his family, and all those who are sad or unwell at this time.
For myself, when we are walking home after our midnight service, I shall think of Adrian once again placing the Christ child in his manger, and be thankful.
On behalf of us all here at St. Stephen’s Janie Grinstead