From the Rectory
November 2008

Now that the clocks have changed, the days shortened and the nights draw in very early, it seems that the seasons are moving into winter, although where the summer went I'm not sure. The season of mist and mellow fruitfulness is over and it's time to pull the curtains, turn the heating up and concentrate on what's in store.

The Church goes into overdrive at this time of the year. We have All Saints', All Souls' and Remembrance Sunday - then before you know it Advnet is on the horizon.

We will be having all the usual Advent and Christmas celebrations here at Christ Church.

30th November 6.30pm - Advent Carol Service

3rd, 10th, 17th December 7.30pm - Advent Meditations.

14th December 4.00pm - Christingle, a lovely service for young and old alike.

18th December 7.00pm - Carol Singing

21st Decemeer 6.30pm - Nine Lessons and Carols

22nd December 6.30pm and 9.00pm - Carol Singing at Atherley Bowling Club

24th December 4.00pm - Crib Service (Don't forget to dress up as a character from the story - Who will be Herod?)

11.30pm Midnight Eucharist

25th December 10.00am - Parish Communion

I know all of this information is being offered early but appreciate what busy people you all are. There must be something for everyone here I'm sure.

More immediate is the 5th November when fireworks are set off and bonfires lit. Bonfire, the word comes from the Norman French 'bon feu' meaning a good fire and has been associated with autumn from pre-Christian times. There was the idea of begging the sun not to desert people during the long winter months. Burning effigies of Catholics came in the 17th century following the Gunpowder Plot. Not something that I believe any of us should be associated with.

Yours for Christ's sake.