Saturday November 24th 12.00-3.00 CHRISTMAS BAZAAR in the Village Hall
Light lunches and refreshments, raffle, tombola, cakes, bric a brac, produce and Christmas Stalls.
Do come and enjoy this village event.
Any items for the Raffle or the Tombola would be welcome and can be left with Janet Swan (599540). Other items can be brought on the day - the Village Hall will be open from 9.30.
Should you wish to visit the church for contemplation or to have a look around please contact Tracey Thurgood Buss (01799 523358) who will arrange for the church to be opened .
The November letter from John Saxon
Sitting down to write November’s letter, the church events coming up seem to fit around the theme of looking back and looking forward.
Right at the very beginning of the month is the time when the church remembers those who have died. All Saints’ Day (1 November) calls to mind those saintly men and women through the ages who have shown in their lives the Grace of God powerfully at work and All Souls’ Day (2 November) where there is the opportunity to remember in a more local and intimate way those in our personal histories who have died. This includes of course family and friends but also influential figures who we have met on our life’s journey. You are welcome to join us for a quiet service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving at Wimbish Church, 3pm on Sunday 4 November where, looking back on loved ones you have lost, you can remember, reflect and pray as we worship.
There is then the Armistice Day Remembrance services and activities commemorating 100 years since the end of the First World War. This includes the Remembrance service on Sunday 12 November at 10.50am with representatives from Carver Barracks. The connections with soldiers who fought in the two world wars reaches far back now in our genealogies, but it is good to make these regular acts of remembrance significant events in our community life together. Taking time to look back at our history will hopefully stir us on to work for reconciliation between all nations so we can live in freedom, justice and peace. Watch out for any local Tommies who may attend our commemorations.
The end of the month is much more about looking forward. This season in the church calendar is of course Advent, (beginning Sunday 2 December this year) and looks forward with hope and anticipation. The church looks forward to the coming of Jesus to live among us, as it counts off the weeks to Christmas. But it also looks forward further still, for his second coming and the redemption of the world, where as it says in Revelation, the last book of the bible, chapter 21 verse 4, ‘Death will be no more; mourning, crying and pain will be no more.’ To look forward in celebration there will be an Advent Carol Service at Wimbish church 4pm Sunday 2 December – all welcome.
With best wishes
Revd John Saxon
God covers the sky with clouds. He supplies the earth with rain and makes the grass grow. Psalm 14.
What is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare. William Henry Davies
The earth has yielded its produce; God, our God, blesses us. Psalm 67.6