In what has been a really difficult year for us all, it is worth spending a few moments reflecting on one of the key messages of the season: God sharing our life.
When you look beyond the familiar and moving biblical accounts of Jesus’ birth, the gospel writers are concerned that we should understand that in this child God comes to the human family. As St John puts it at the start of his Gospel: ‘…and the Word became flesh and lived among us.’ This is an earth shattering truth for suddenly God has come to share our life and also to raise us up to share the life of God.
In His life and ministry, Jesus associated with those who were on the margins and helped them to feel valued and wanted. In His betrayal and death, he knew the depths of human suffering. God in Jesus has shared our world and every aspect of human life, indeed even death itself. In his resurrection, Jesus raises up fallen humanity and gives us a pledge that sin and suffering are not the end. The life and triumph of Jesus gives hope, even in a world that may still seem split by violence, division and Covid-19.
We invite you to come and take part in some of our services and offer together prayer and praises to God. As we worship, we can also hold before God those who are most in need, both at home and abroad.
Every blessing for Christmas & the New Year.
Simon Talbott –Vicar of Great Shelford, Stapleford and
Harston with Hauxton and Newton.
St. Mary’s Advent and Christmas services 2020
Drive in Carols: ‘Carols by Car Light’ will take place at Shelford Rugby Club on Wednesday 16th December from the comfort of your own car. There are two sessions, at 6. 00 p.m. for children and families and at 8. 00 p.m. for community carols. Spaces are limited. For booking information visit www.shelfordfreechurch.org.uk
Services in the Churchyard: You will see below that we are offering two service in the Churchyard this Advent and Christmas – Carols & Readings on Sunday 20th and a Crib Service on 24th December, both at 4pm. Both these services are being held outside specifically because we are allowed to sing outdoors, with suitable social distancing. So carol singing will be possible!
Both services will last about 25 minutes and will have live music and lots of singing. We encourage you to bring torches and lanterns to light up the Churchyard. You might also bring hot drinks to share some socially distanced Christmas cheer! Do come along and bring those in your ‘bubble’ to share some joyous public singing of carols.
Advent Evening Services:
Sunday 13th Dec. 6.30 pm – Advent Hope Service (by Zoom – link on request)
Sunday 20th Dec. 4 pm – Carols & Readings for Christmas – in the Churchyard
Everyone welcome at all our services.
24th Dec. Christmas Eve
4 pm – Short Crib Service with carols – Churchyard
11.00 pm ‘Midnight’ Parish Communion
25th Dec. Christmas Day:
8.00 am Holy Communion. A ‘said’ tradition language service with a short sermon.
10.00 am Parish Communion for Christmas morning with music, sermon and Holy Communion.
No evening service