A Christmas Message 2016
For me, one of the best bits of these weeks before Christmas are the services of Carols by Candlelight at Holy Trinity and St. James’ together with our two crib services. These services regularly bring into our Church buildings a goodly number of people from the parish of Holywell who attend Church regularly together with those who will most likely never attend again until Advent 2017. These services create a space in which both sides of our parish are reconciled as representatives of those generally apathetic about Church and representatives of those generally faithful in worship join and have fellowship together. Reconciliation is the opportunity for friendliness between those more usually strangers, and it is surely one of the great themes of Advent and which for me is made manifest on the evenings of Advent 3 in Greenfield and Advent 4 in the parish Church and again on the eve of the Christmas season.
Another such Advent opportunity occurred for the first time on the evening of December 9th at Holy Trinity Church when ten members of the regular congregation welcomed twenty-six adults and children from the wider community who joined us for the switch on of Holy Trinity’s Christmas lights. Mrs. Doreen Turley and Mrs. Pauline Guest provided the refreshments. The Christmas lights had been fitted in place by Mr. Anthony Ryles of Kings Ave and a member of St. Winefrides’ Roman Catholic congregation. After a countdown from 10, Ffion Davies a year six pupils from Ysgol Maes Glas threw the switch. Then our town mayor Joe Johnson together with Mr. Palmer, Mr. Shultz and Mr. Saunders serenaded us, leading us in some carols and a little Johnny Cash, Alison Shultz sang Silent Night in German. The raffle was won by the Lewsey family of Trinity Road with the only prize being a home-made log reindeer donated by Cliff of Crossroads. However, Alison Lewsey might as well have scored a lottery win so great was her delight. Santa Claus made an appearance too.
I hope that this Advent you too have found time and opportunity to seek and to find signs of the season, an act of forgiveness, given or received, an experience of peace amidst the bustle and business, a moment of reconciliation and sharing with others whom we might not ordinarily meet, a joining with others in helping to bring gentleness and kindness to our community.
A happy and blessed Christmas to you all.