Parish Letter

December/January

Dear All,

As we enter the season of Advent and the countdown to Christmas we think of others….
Christmas should be a time of great joy and celebration for everyone but many struggle through it – getting into debt, feeling pressurised or stressed, guilty or lonely.

Let us focus on the true meaning of Christmas. Think of others with true
compassion and kindness. Why not set yourself an Advent challenge – take on a practical, biblical inspired challenge each day of Advent to bring some Christmas joy to those around you. Take on 24 acts of human kindness
– bake and deliver a plate of Christmas goodies to a neighbour
– take flowers to a care home
– make a meal for someone who is struggling
– donate food to a local food bank or a homeless charity
– pick up litter in your village
– visit someone who is housebound
I’m sure you can think of many other ways to bring God’s love into the lives of others.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Louise Garnett
Churchwarden
Birstwith

Our Lord Jesus Christ said:
The first commandment is this:
‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is the only Lord.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’
The second is this: Love your neighbour as yourself.’
There is no other commandment greater than these.

Matthew 22:37-39