in this Benefice over the last year.
Thank you to everyone who helped out this year:
it has been a wonderfully busy one
with exciting things happening in all our villages.
Thank you to those who give of their time and those who support us financially: we couldn’t do it without you.
Thank you to those who just show up when you can,
it is great to have you among us.
With every blessing for Christmas
and the New Year.
Mark & Ilona
There will be a service on Sunday 29 December
in Ascott Church at 10.00 am
is the meeting place
of heaven and earth.
For this, tonight,
is the stable
in which God keeps his appointment
to meet his people.
Not many high are here,
not many holy;
not many innocent children,
not many worldly-wise;
not all familiar faces,
not all frequent visitors.
But, if tonight
only strangers met,
that would be enough.
For Bethlehem was not the hub of the universe,
nor was the stable a platform for famous folk.
In an out-of-the-way place
which folk never thought to visit –
there God kept and keeps his promise;
there God sends his son.
Taken from Cloth for the Cradle, Iona Community