Heavens Above (Issue 11, 2013)

Heavens-Above

As I write this the nights are certainly drawing in, Remembrance and Bonfire Night lie behind us and midwinter lies before us.

However, there is much to look forward to in this coming month with parties, plays and pantomimes, as well as celebrations, carols and Christingles.

It is not surprising that ‘Light’ plays such an important role for us in the Advent and Christmas season. Party-lights, foot-lights and candle-lights all add to the sense of mystery and surprise, not to mention Rudolph and his ‘Red Nose’!

For most Christmas is a time of great joy and celebration, however for some Christmas can be a little dark and sad, perhaps a loved one is far from home and will be away for the festivities or perhaps a special and significant someone has passed away since last Christmas and there will be something missing from us and our celebrations this year.

Light does so many things, it brightens the room, it shows up the faces of others who love and support us and it also guides us on our way.

Life is a journey where light and love in equal proportions are important for us, in just the same way as a candle radiates both light and warmth, we can be that presence for each other. Even though we may be miles apart, through the wonders of ‘Skype’ and ‘FaceTime’ our faces and voices can move with the speed of light to bring light and life to each other.

So lets look to the light this Advent and Christmas, to share its warmth and radiance with those whom we meet and share our lives with.

Tree of Lights
To remember those no longer with us this Christmas time. Come and write the name of the person or people you would like to remember on a gift tag and place it on the tree at the back of St Margaret’s Church. Everyone is welcome and the tree will be in church from Monday 2nd December. St Margaret’s is open from Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm (Friday 4pm) and on Sundays for morning worship.

Frogs
You are warmly invited to join us for ‘Frogs’ on a Tuesday morning, during term time, from 0915-1015, in St Margaret’s Church, RAF Marham. Frogs is service of songs, stories and prayers for pre school children, their parents and carers, including refreshments and activities for the children.

The Parenting Course
Being a parent is an immense challenge, privilege and responsibility and one for which we receive very limited training and preparation for the task. The ‘Parenting Course’ is a five week course covering such areas as Building Strong Foundations, Meeting our Children’s Needs, Setting Boundaries, Teaching Healthy Relationships and Allowing Children to Grow. We are hoping to run the course in the Chaplaincy after Christmas on either a Monday afternoon or evening depending upon the demand. It will be held in a relaxed setting with Coffee and Cake provided. To enquire further or to reserve a place please contact the Chaplaincy Clerk on 01760 337261 Ext: 7550 or MRM-ChaplaincyCentreGroup@mod.uk

Messy Church for Christmas
On Monday 23rd December 2013 from 1000-1130 there will be a variety of Christmas themed Art and Craft activities to join in with and make in the Chaplaincy Centre for children, parents and carers. Why not take this opportunity to ‘get stuck in’ making Angels, Christmas Decorations and other festive crafts. Tea, coffee, drinks and mince pies will be available.

RAF Marham Christmas Services
Sunday 15th, 1600, Station Christingle Service, raising money for the Children’s Society
Monday 16th, 1600, SSAFA Christmas Celebration and Carols, followed by Mulled Wine and Mince Pies
Monday 23rd, 1000-1130, Messy Church for Christmas, Christmas arts and crafts for children and carers with mince pies and coffee
Tuesday 24th, 1630, Crib Service, come dressed as a Nativity Character
Tuesday 24th, 2330, Midnight Mass, the First Eucharist of Christmas
Wednesday 25th, 0930, Christmas Morning Communion, celebrate Christmas Day together

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