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January 2018

Light for a New Year

Here we are again at the beginning of another year! For many of us, January can seem a little flat, a bit grey and drab, now that the coloured lights and the sparkly things of Christmas have been packed away. If you’re someone who struggles with the lack of light it may help you to know that the last day of January will have 76 minutes’ extra daylight than New Year’s Day, even if the long days of Summer are still far off.

January in the Church year is a time of light and colour – it’s the season of Epiphany, beginning on January 6th when we tell again of the brightness of a star leading the wise men to Jesus with their exotic gifts. It’s a season when we continue to tell stories of God’s light and life being revealed in Jesus, and a season to remind ourselves that God’s light through Jesus is shining still in and around us, even though it’s grey and dark outside.
Throughout January some of our churches keep their crib scenes up to remind us that Jesus, the light who came into the world, is with us still.

For some of us of course, the darkness we experience may be something we carry inside us more emotionally or spiritually – we all face tough times during our lives. It may be hard at times like this to believe God is close, to see something of God’s light. Psalm 139 assures us that there is nowhere we can go out of God’s presence and that even when we feel the darkness may overwhelm us, that God can see into the dark because ‘even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day, for darkness is as light to you.’ (Psalm 139.12)

I pray this January, in darkness and daylight, you may know something of God’s bright presence surrounding you, and that each of us may be given grace and opportunity to spread God’s light and peace to those around us.

May God bless you all now and throughout 2018.

The Rev’d Emma Davies

Please Note: New time (9.30) for Holy Communion at South Kilworth on the 3rd Sunday of the month.
Details of services in other Avon-Swift Benefice churches can be seen on the church notice board.

 

ST. NICHOLAS’ CHURCH CHRISTMAS FAYRE

The P.C.C. would like to say a big thank you to everyone who attended our Christmas Fayre on Saturday
2nd December.

Despite the miserable weather it was lovely to old friends and new, and we made a total sum of £1,167.43. Once again, many thanks.
Joanna Wilson