Letter from Revd. Simon PitcherDecember 16, 2015
May I begin by wishing everyone a holy Advent, a merry Christmas and a happy New Year. For clergy churchwardens and organists a Sole Bay Christmas is a very busy time, but also a very happy time. We are blessed that during the Advent and Christmas seasons our churches are filled for Carol Services, Christingles, concerts, school celebrations and crib services, and it is a real joy to welcome people from all across our community to our many church services.
Creating a new sense of community is an important part of the Christmas story. Christ born in poverty in a manger was not so grand that anybody was beneath his love. His mother and her partner Joseph were far from home, poor and vulnerable, when Jesus was born into their lives. The shepherds represent the landless labourer, the marginalised, the unseen, unfashionable and unknown night workers, the total opposite of the exotic, educated and wealthy kings. Yet all in the story are united as one new community, gathered in worship and praise at the crib. All people are gathered together as one by the love of God that they saw and recognised in the Christ child.
Christ was born that each one of us might come to worship him and to discover in him the love of God. We are all invited and all included. Our churches are called to be places where the love of Christ, his friendship and welcome can be found. We hope you will come and join us this Christmas and find that you are welcome and loved.
2016 is going to be a period of change in the Sole Bay Team. We offer our congratulations prayers and best wishes to Revd Rich Henderson, Sarah and the family, as Rich prepares to move to Beccles where he will become the new Vicar of St Michael’s and St Luke’s. We will be very sorry to see the Hendersons go, and our loss is certainly a big gain for Beccles. We therefore now have two vacancies for team Vicars in the Sole Bay Team, and we will all be praying that God has just the right people lined up to come and join us this year as soon as the machinery of the Church of England allows.
My feelings at present; “Keep Calm and Carry on” !
Yours in Christ