St Peter’s Christmas Tree Festival 8th and 9th December

Village Groups, Organisations and Businesses are invited to decorate a Christmas Tree to be staged in St Peter’s Church over the weekend of 8th& 9th December.
Trees can be in any medium, natural, artificial, own construction with decorations and battery powered lights (NO electric lighting). Dimensions of trees range from 3.5ft – 5ft (1.0668m – 1,534m). Trees to be staged in their own stands/pots.
Allocation and position to be on a first come, first served basis.
Setting up/decorating of trees to take place on: Sunday 2nd December from 2.00 pm Thursday 6th December from 6.00 pm Friday 7th December from 10.00 am
Special preview for subscribing Friends of St Peter’s on Friday 7th December, 6.00 – 9.00 pm. Mulled wine to be served.
On Saturday 8th the Festival will take place at the same time as the Barton Gardeners’ Coffee and Mince Pie Morning, and Barton School Fayre in the afternoon. Morning coffee will also be available in the Church, and tea and cakes in the afternoon. On Sunday afternoon tea and cakes will be served in the Church.
For more details and to reserve your tree’s place, contact: Ruth Bond 01223 262985 Margaret Winterbourne 01223 262353

Words for Harvest

Dear Friends,

I bumped into a friend the other day who was explaining how her family had a wonderful day out at the beach during the summer. But after the two hour trip to drive there, it was only when her 6-year-old son said “Mummy, we haven’t checked the tide times!” did my friend realise that their magical day basking in the sunshine and swimming in the sea just might be off – or at least the paddling in the sea bit! It reminded me of how much I enjoy staying on Lindisfarne or Holy Island. If you haven’t been then I thoroughly recommended it and I say you need to stay even if it’s just for a night, as only with time can the tide do its magic. All the tourists visit while they can but the peace, beauty and drama of the island only really come to life when you’re left there and only free to leave again once the sea does its thing and the road across the causeway makes its appearance again. There’s something life giving in the unforced rhythm of the sea which we cannot control ourselves and we are beholden by something far bigger than ourselves.

In our fast-moving world, where everything is becoming more fluid, ever changing ways to relate to each other, a million and one new possibilities being explored every day, life can feel very exhausting and hard to keep up with. Sometimes such is the speed of change that seems to be happening around us – or is that just me, having two small children who appear to grow out of a pair of shoes at what sometimes feels like a monthly basis!

The Harvest season which we have been remembering in Church and with our school over the last few weeks celebrates the rhythms of life with particular joy for this time of blessing as the Harvest is brought in – with the extra sun and heat this summer, it was very early in some cases this year! Whenever we celebrate Harvest, it’s a marker in the sand, to be thankful – even when life is hard and the harvest is poor. It’s a time to be thankful for good gifts given to us by God, in creation; the seasons, the sun, the rain, those who every year plough and gather in the crops and do it all again the following year. It reminds me of God’s faithfulness to the world I believe He’s created, His constancy despite an increasingly fast-paced and ever-changing world around us. It also reminds me to be thankful and play my part in looking after what He’s given us, for just as things advance the world is a fragile place and not all progress seeks to honour it.

I pray we may be thankful this season, for the gift of creation around us, for the things we treasure about our environment, and take the opportunity to commit to care for it once again so that others may find hope in its beauty and constancy for future generations. For just as God is faithful to his creation, so may we be faithful to Him.

Revd Rebecca Gilbert, Lordsbridge Team