Janet`s letter to the Community

Ok – so we’ve had some very unusual weather these last few weeks.  Very hot.  Very dry.  Sudden massive downpours.  Well – that’s Britain for you!  And yes, some of it has been rather uncomfortable.  But overall this experience has made me realise how overwhelmingly fortunate I am.  

When it’s hot, I can sit in front of a fan.  When it rains I might get wet, but I can get inside and get warm and dry.  Some foods may be a bit more expensive due to poor harvests – but I won’t starve.  I have enough to eat, and no prospect of not being able to afford a decent diet.  This is, of course, not the case for many millions of people across the world.  For them, lack of rain, or rain at the wrong time, risks hunger and sometimes starvation.  For others, lack of shelter creates danger as well as discomfort.  We are so very fortunate.

So – as we approach our annual Harvest Thanksgiving on 30th September, let us do so with real thankfulness in our hearts, and a spirit of generosity towards those who are less fortunate.  As before, we will be making donations to the Foodbank, in recognition that there are people in great need on our doorsteps as well as far away.  We will be following our service with a “bring and share lunch”, a further opportunity to rejoice in God’s goodness together as we share in his bounty.  Do come and join us.  And enjoy the blessings that God has showered on you!

P.S.  I’ve mentioned this before but there’s no harm in repeating it:  when giving donations to the Food Bank, or to any other food collection programme, please make sure you check the list of useful goods, and check the expiry dates, making sure that there’s at least three months still to go.  Out-of-date food cannot be used and it sometimes takes a little while to be distributed.  People in desperate situations don’t need food poisoning on top of everything else.

With every blessing,

Janet


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Janet's January 2017 letter to the CommunityA dog is for life, not just for Christmas. It’s one of those phrases that we have in our repertoire but I couldn’t remember when I first heard it, so I looked it up. Apparently, it was first coined in 1978 by Clarissa Baldwin, who was, at the time, the Chief Executive of the National Canine Defence League. The purpose was to make people aware that responsibility for a dog lasted beyond the first few weeks after Christmas, and to reduce the number of dogs that were abandoned or returned to dog rescue centres in the first three months of the year. It can be very easy to get caught up in starry-eyed enthusiasm in the glow of Christmas, only to return to reality with a bump in the days and weeks that follow. While this can be true of dogs, or gym membership, or any number of other well-intentioned enthusiasms, it can also be true of the message of Christmas itself. “Peace on earth. Good will to all people.” A message of light and hope. We hear the readings. We sing the carols. We get caught up in the beauty and amazingness of it all … and then comes January. It’s cold and dark and wet. There is so much wrong with the world, and perhaps in our own lives too. We wonder what difference this message can possibly make, whether it can possibly be true in the cold light of day. It’s very easy, perhaps especially as we get older, to fall into gloom. But the message of Christmas is not just for Christmas. It is, above all, a message of hope: of hope for a renewed world because God cared enough for human beings to come and share our life, and to die and rise again for our salvation. Of hope, too, because God’s coming to live in our world is a guarantee that he cares for us, that there is a purpose for our lives and for the world that will come to fruition in God’s good time. And of hope because we are called to share in God’s life, just as he shared in ours, and to be part of his plan of transformation. As we move into this new year, let us remember: Christmas is for life, not just for Christmas! With every blessing for a happy, purposeful and hopeful 2017. Janet A dog is for life, not just for Christmas. It’s one of those phrases that we have in our repertoire but I couldn’t remember when I first heard it, so I looked it up. Apparently, it was first coined in 1978 by Clarissa Baldwin, who was, at the time, the Chief Executive of the National Canine Defence League. The purpose was to make people aware that responsibility for a dog lasted beyond the first few weeks after Christmas, and to reduce the number of dogs that were abandoned or returned to dog rescue centres in the first three months of the year. It can be very easy to get caught up in starry-eyed enthusiasm in the glow of Christmas, only to return to reality with a bump in the days and weeks that follow. While this can be true of dogs, or gym membership, or any number of other well-intentioned enthusiasms, it can also be true of the message of Christmas itself. “Peace on earth. Good will to all people.” A message of light and hope. We hear the readings. We sing the carols. We get caught up in the beauty and amazingness of it all … and then comes January. It’s cold and dark and wet. There is so much wrong with the world, and perhaps in our own lives too. We wonder what difference this message can possibly make, whether it can possibly be true in the cold light of day. It’s very easy, perhaps especially as we get older, to fall into gloom. But the message of Christmas is not just for Christmas. It is, above all, a message of hope: of hope for a renewed world because God cared enough for human beings to come and share our life, and to die and rise again for our salvation. Of hope, too, because God’s coming to live in our world is a guarantee that he cares for us, that there is a purpose for our lives and for the world that will come to fruition in God’s good time. And of hope because we are called to share in God’s life, just as he shared in ours, and to be part of his plan of transformation. As we move into this new year, let us remember: Christmas is for life, not just for Christmas! With every blessing for a happy, purposeful and hopeful 2017. Janet A dog is for life, not just for Christmas. It’s one of those phrases that we have in our repertoire but I couldn’t remember when I first heard it, so I looked it up. Apparently, it was first coined in 1978 by Clarissa Baldwin, who was, at the time, the Chief Executive of the National Canine Defence League. The purpose was to make people aware that responsibility for a dog lasted beyond the first few weeks after Christmas, and to reduce the number of dogs that were abandoned or returned to dog rescue centres in the first three months of the year. It can be very easy to get caught up in starry-eyed enthusiasm in the glow of Christmas, only to return to reality with a bump in the days and weeks that follow. While this can be true of dogs, or gym membership, or any number of other well-intentioned enthusiasms, it can also be true of the message of Christmas itself. “Peace on earth. Good will to all people.” A message of light and hope. We hear the readings. We sing the carols. We get caught up in the beauty and amazingness of it all … and then comes January. It’s cold and dark and wet. There is so much wrong with the world, and perhaps in our own lives too. We wonder what difference this message can possibly make, whether it can possibly be true in the cold light of day. It’s very easy, perhaps especially as we get older, to fall into gloom. But the message of Christmas is not just for Christmas. It is, above all, a message of hope: of hope for a renewed world because God cared enough for human beings to come and share our life, and to die and rise again for our salvation. Of hope, too, because God’s coming to live in our world is a guarantee that he cares for us, that there is a purpose for our lives and for the world that will come to fruition in God’s good time. And of hope because we are called to share in God’s life, just as he shared in ours, and to be part of his plan of transformation. As we move into this new year, let us remember: Christmas is for life, not just for Christmas! With every blessing for a happy, purposeful and hopeful 2017. Janet Janet's January 2017 letter to the Community

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