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Christmas Service Times 2013

These were the service times in Christmastime 2013

Wednesday 11th December 10:15am – Mothers’ Union Advent Service in church.¬†All welcome.

Sunday 15th December 4.00pm – Carols at Denwick.

Tuesday 17th December 3.30pm – St Michael’s C of E 1st School Candlelight Christmas

Wednesday 18th December 7.00pm – Mayor’s Carol Service

Sunday 22nd December 6.00pm – Candlelight Carol Service

Tuesday 24th December Christmas Eve
4.30pm Family Carols and Christingle
11.30pm Midnight Mass

Wednesday 25th December Christmas Day
8.00am Holy Communion
9.30pm Christmas Eucharist

Thursday 26th December St Stephen
10.00am Holy Communion

Friday 27th December St John
9.30am Holy Communion

Saturday 28th December The Holy Innocents
9.30am Holy Communion

Sunday 29th December – normal Sunday services:
8.00am Holy Communion
9.30am Parish Eucharist
11.15am Late Morning Worship
6.00pm Sung Evensong

Wednesday 1st January 10.15am Holy Communion

Sunday 5th January The Epiphany
Communion at 8, 9.30 & 11.15am
Sung Evensong at 6.00pm

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Christmas Lights

Dear People of Alnwick,

I am writing this letter only two days after the switch-on of the Alnwick¬†Christmas Lights ‚Äď and I want to pay tribute to that small but dedicated band¬†of folk who work tirelessly and manage to transform our town for the dark¬†days of December in such a spectacular way.

Many of us, I suspect, enjoy the pleasure of walking through the town, soaking up the special atmosphere which the lights provide and perhaps observing, in passing, that they make a pretty show.

Of course, nothing really worthwhile happens without a great deal of unseen preparatory work and hidden effort (as our recent Winter Market proved!) but I wonder how many people are aware that repair, maintenance and preparation of the lights goes on weekly from the beginning of May each year to ensure that our town looks so splendid over the festive season?

The message of Advent and Christmas ‚Äď from darkness to light ‚Äď also¬†involves much preparation, and not a little hard work, if we are to enjoy the¬†full light of Christ‚Äôs incarnation.

We read in the Old Testament how, down¬†the centuries, the prophets¬†spent time preparing the people of Israel¬†for the coming of their Messiah:¬†some of those people heard and others did not ‚Äď but that did not prevent¬†God‚Äôs preparatory work continuing.

When the time was right, God then sent his Son to be with us and, once again, some were ready to recognise the light and enhance their lives as a result whilst others were not.

The questions I would like to pose for us to ponder as we journey through¬†Advent and Christmas this year are these: Do we simply see the birth of Christ¬†as a ‚Äėpretty‚Äô episode in our lives, bringing in a little light at a dark time of year?¬†Or, do we recognise the hard work of God behind the sending of his Son to¬†be our Saviour ‚Äď and have we prepared our hearts, our minds, our lives to¬†receive him?

Some time during January our Christmas lights will be dismantled ‚Äď but¬†the light of Christ will continue to shine in our lives and illuminate our way if¬†only we give him the opportunity to do so.

May the light of Christ fill your lives and may our simple but meaningful prayer over these coming days be:

“O come to my heart, Lord Jesus,
there is room in my heart for thee.‚ÄĚ

With every blessing for Christmas and all that lies ahead in 2014,

Paul.

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