The Rector's Letter - December 2017
The Churches of St Lawrence,
All Saints, Little Bookham

Christmas is coming!

At Christmas we celebrate God coming to earth, to live as a human being. God incarnate in the form of Jesus. I know that this all happened around 2000 years ago but the story doesn’t lose any of its wonder even though it has probably been repeated by each generation ever since.

We can of course read the story in our Bibles or come to a Christmas service and have parts of the story read to us. We can sing Christmas Carols telling the story and send Nativity Christmas cards. We can display Christmas Nativity scenes in our houses.
In Effingham, we are even more privileged to be able to be part of the Christmas Story as it is retold around the village by actors both young and older (and even a couple of donkeys) during our Living Nativity.

We can actually join in with the story and imagine what it would have been like for the young couple – Mary and Joseph – as they journeyed to Bethlehem and then struggled to find a safe place for Mary to give birth. The darkness of our village streets and the excitement of the children help add to the ‘magical’ atmosphere. And then we return to the Douglas Haig pub for a celebratory meal, because Christmas is all about celebration and community:

We celebrate the birth of Christ and we recognise the blessings that his coming brought to the community of humankind and in particular to our communities here in Effingham and Little Bookham.

Please join us, if you can, for our Living Nativity. It starts at the Douglas Haig Pub in Effingham at 6pm on Thursday 21st December. Please wrap up warm and bring a torch. You are also very welcome to dress up in ‘Biblical’ costume if you would like to.
Happy Christmas to you all,

Your Rector,
Mandy MacVean

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