Latest Vicar's Letter

“Christmas may be 'cancelled' for Brits this year amid turkey and toy shortages”, screamed the newspaper headline. It seems to be the latest fashion for the media to talk about things being `cancelled` (especially Christmas) with each any every glitch in the global situation. Yes, there are supply chain problems globally and, yes, the food industry facing some interesting challenges but will Christmas be cancelled? No!

The coming season is one that is precious to most people. As we move away from the warmth of summer, so our season turns to one of greater reflection. The celebrate Harvest and the goodness of the earth that God has created for us; then we enter the season of remembrance with both All Saints Day (a traditional time when we remember those who have died) and Remembrance Day before finally arriving at Advent and Christmas. Last year, when so many events couldn’t take place, was a reminder of how precious to this nation these coming months are. In the darkness of the season, these festivals and times of remembering shine like guiding stars leading is through Autumn and Winter.

We certainly hope that most, if not all, of the usual events will run this year even if some have to be slightly adapted. We will still give thanks; we will still remember and we will still celebrate. And through it all God will still walk with us. He is, after all, the one thing that you can’t cancel! As God says in Revelation 22:13 says, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”

So, keep an eye out for future announcements of what will happen at St. Helen’s over the coming months and I look forward to welcoming you when you come to give thanks, remember and celebrate.