Hope

Christmas celebrations and New Year resolutions are now far behind us.  Some of us have already forgotten what the resolutions were (that is if we made any) while others are going strong with them and seeing changes in their lives little by little.

Time moves on quickly and we are now into February.  A month that marks such things as national toothache day on the 9th, thinking day on the 22nd,, Valentine’s day on the 14th and, ironically, national singles day on the 15th !

Alongside these there is also Shrove Tuesday on the 28th when many of us enjoy pancakes and at the start of the month there is Candlemas on the 2nd.

Candlemas day is the official end of the Christmas season.  It is also known as Groundhog Day.  You may have seen the film starring Bill Murray, where a TV weatherman is forced to relive the same day, February 2nd, over and over again.

Whilst this may be Hollywood’s take on Groundhog day, there are other countries and cultures who say that if the Groundhog peeps out of his winter quarters and if he sees his shadow he pops back for another six weeks’ nap, but if the day is cloudy he remains out, as the weather will  be moderate.  There are a lot of if’s in that sentence, some promising more of the same while others hope for better things to come.

Hope is important to us. We all need something to look forward to. It might be the early flowers appearing, family celebrations, holidays or new opportunities,   One of the earlysnowdrops signs of spring is the appearance of Snowdrops which are also known as Candlemas Bells.  A friend of mine always likes the first appearance of Snowdrops as they remind her that she is still alive!

The writer of proverbs in the Bible declared that ‘Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life’ (Prov. 13:12). Hope motivates and challenges us that things can change and a hope fulfilled brings fresh energy to us. So forget those broken resolutions and start again.

                                                                           Revd Elaine Brightwell

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THE CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL

THE CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL is being held on Saturday 21st January at Wells Cathedral and the theme this year is Camels and Candles. The Festival is aimed at Primary School aged children, with lots of different workshops including craft, singing and meeting animals. If you are interested in coming along please contact Sandra Kirkham on 01749 342221.

YOS

Hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and New Year and are looking forward to a new school term. We won’t be meeting in January as the 1st Sunday is New Year’s Day. February’s meeting will be a trip to see some of our members in the Croscombe pantomime.

YOS is open to children of all parishes in year 6 upwards. We meet in Dinder Village Hall on the 1st Sunday of each month 6pm-7.30pm. For further information please contact Sandra Kirkham 342221 or Becky Gilbert 676739.

YOS

November saw us decorating glass jars to light the way to our December Christmas services!

December meeting will be Sunday 4th we will be looking at the Christmas services as well as having a party. Please can you all bring something to share? We will provide drinks and games!

YOS is open to children of all parishes in year 6 upwards on the 1st Sunday of each month 6.00pm-7.30pm. For further information please contact Sandra Kirkham 342221 or Becky Gilbert 676739.

THE REVERSE ADVENT CALENDAR

Do join us in taking part in the reverse Advent calendar

challenge (see last month’s magazine for details). Please bring your boxes to one of our churches on 18th December. Boxes will be available in all churches for individual donations. The usual tins and packets will be welcome together with seasonal goods such as mince pies, Christmas puddings, gloves, hats and scarves.

ADVENT

Time and space to think.
Through Advent we will be creating time and space in our Churches for you to just come and be, or to pray. Each week a new activity (suitable for children and adults) will appear to help you. Do come along whenever you can and just take time out.

Children of all ages, their families and everyone else are invited to
a CHRISTINGLE SERVICE on Sunday 4th December in Pilton Parish Church at 4.00pm or the following week on Sunday 11th December in Dinder Church at 4.00pm.

Helping to make the Christingles is fun and tasty and the lighted ones look lovely, however young or old you are. We are supporting the work of the Children’s Society.