December 2020 Ladock News

Ladock News December 2020

A Message from the Rector

A Christmas Like No Other?

 We are living through a time where forward planning has become almost impossible. As I write this in mid-November in the middle of a second lockdown introduced at very short notice, I have no idea what Christmas has in store for us. You will see that we have a plan for the Christmas services in Church but do keep an eye on our website and on our notice boards as these may change as the situation develops.

Dislocation, and confusion are not new to Christmas. The first Christmas was one of confusion and dislocation too. The Bible tells us in Luke 2:1: 

‘In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered’.

An act by a governing power that had enormous consequences and caused huge disruption to the lives of the people (sound familiar?). If we think of Jesus' mother the Virgin Mary, heavily pregnant as she was, being asked to take a long journey, possibly by donkey, to give birth in an unknown place. Without accommodation, Joseph searches frantically to find somewhere, not to sleep, but for his wife to give birth. Not a situation anyone would want to be in at the onset of labour. Finally, an innkeeper takes pity on them and offers them a stable for the saviour of the world to be born into.

When we think about the disruption that is happening at the moment, we can take comfort in the story of the nativity. Mary and Joseph were alone, without family, without the comforts of their own home, without the familiar. That may well be our experience of Christmas too this year. Difficult as it may seem, we must continue to have hope. Christ’s birth in a stable reminds us that good can come from even the most difficult and precarious situations. As Psalm 130.5 reminds us:

‘I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.’

May the Lord bless you all this Christmas and New Year. 

Reverend Joachim Foot

Services for December and January,

These are subject to alteration and cancellation at short notice if coronavirus regulations change.. Full details are available on our website: www.ladockchurch.org.uk

 

6 December: Holy Communion 11.00 am

13 December: Holy Communion 11.00 am

20 December: Holy Communion 11.00 am, to include a short ceremony to mark the dedication of our War Memorial on 20 December 1920.

20 December: Carol Service 6.00 pm (numbers may have to be restricted)

24 December: Midnight Mass, 11.30pm

25 December: Family Communion, 11.00 am

27 December: Evensong, 6.00 pm, no morning service

 

3 January, Holy Communion, 11.00 am

10 January, Feast of St Ladoca. Holy Communion, 11.00 am

17 January, Holy Communion, 11.00 am

24 January, Service of the Word, 11.00 am

24 January, Evensong, 6.00 pm

31 January, Team Service, time and location to be advised.

 

Church Opening Times

The Church is open for private prayer on weekdays during the term time from approximately 9.00 am until 3.00 pm.

 

Sunday Club for Children

Please join us every third Sunday of the month during the Church Service for Children’s Sunday Club for exciting activities, arts and crafts, games, bible stories and lots of fun in a Covid-safe environment. Numbers may have to be restricted so in the first instance please contact Roxana: pray.4us@oiutlook.com

 

Christmas Draw

Each year the church holds a Christmas draw following the carol service. As we don’t yet know what restrictions may or may not be imposed, this year we have decided to run the draw separately. The system will remain the same in that you put your name in a numbered box after paying your money and on draw day corresponding numbers are drawn and hopefully you will win a prize. Any proceeds from the draw will go to church funds. This year the first prize is £50 with lots of other very nice prizes. The draw will take place outside Ladock Shop on Tuesday 15th December, which also has draw sheets for sale. Hopefully this will brighten an otherwise dismal year.

 

If you have difficulties in obtaining tickets or wish to donate prizes, please contact Jenny Thomas on 01726 885022.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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