|Benefice Pastoral Care: Gill Thalon (23528)
Prayer Chain: Nick Carter (472861)
|Church Services at Froyle in December|
Details of all the services within the Benefice are also found on the church notice boards.
| As I write this during October half term, the supermarkets and garden centres are full of pumpkins and goodies for Hallowe’en, there are posters advertising public firework displays and displays of Christmas decorations and gifts are already stacked high in our shops. These annual events all seem to tumble into one another with such haste, I sometimes wonder if we have the time to stop and wonder what it all means.
And yet, in the commercial rush that speeds us all towards December 25th, in the midst of all the present buying, the card writing, the mince pie baking and the last minute gift wrapping, there are precious moments when we can stop, breathe and sense the true and wondrous meaning of Christmas. It might happen in the midst of one of our family events, such as the Road to the Stable in Bentley (December 21st) o it might be during the beauty of the Advent Carols in Froyle (December 2nd).
Thomas Hardy’s poem, The Oxen, expresses such a sense of wonder that it might as well have been written with reference to Binsted’s Real Nativity (December 15th) when we stand in the barn next to Holy Cross:
Yet, I feel,
If someone said on Christmas Eve,
‘Come; see the oxen kneel…,”
I should go with him in the gloom,
Hoping it might be so.
We want everyone to feel that sense of wonder and awe this Christmas and involve everyone in our celebrations of Christ’s birth. And another way in which you can feel involved is by helping us to fill Holy Cross with angels. We want to see how many different angels the community can make and send flying into our church this year, so we will truly have ‘angels bending near the earth to touch their harps of gold’.
I hope however you celebrate Christmas you will feel that sense of awe this year. And now I must get on – I need to find the glue and the glitter and get cracking with my angel!