Monthly newsletter

Dear Friends 

The past few weeks at Cartway have been very busy but also very enjoyable.  We have entered into the season of Advent and Christmas with some wonderful events. Our intrepid knitters have produces the biggest heavenly host so far, with over 500 angels being distributed around the town and wider community.  The knitted angels initiative is a lovely way of blessing the community.  Thank you to all who worked for this, particularly Kathy and Mick who worked hard to make the angels available to the town each day.

Our display of nativity sets was popular, and on both days members of the public came in to take a look and, I hope, reflected on the story of the first Christmas in Bethlehem.  The money raised will be shared between the two Methodist mission funds--- Mission in Britain and World Mission.

Cartwheels groups were visited by Father Christmas and enjoyed  a party.  They also heard the story of Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus. 

Our times of worship were also quite special.  It was lovely to see the church so full for our Carol Service on the Sunday morning before Christmas, and our Christmas morning service was well attended too.

But the work of Christmas goes on into 2020 and beyond. The light that came into the world in Bethlehem will never be extinguished. It shines all the brighter when we reflect that light to the people and places where we find ourselves.   The story of Christmas does not have to be restricted to one time, one place, or one woman.  Christ is born again and again whenever we share his love, his peace and his truth and allow his light to shine in and through us.

Each year I return to a litany written by Howard Thurman, an African-American theologian, educator and civil rights leader.

When the song of the angels is stilled

when the star in the sky is gone,

when the kings and princes are home,

when the shepherds are back with their flocks

the work of Christmas begins:

to find the lost,

to heal the broken,

to feed the hungry,

to release the prisoner,

to rebuild the nations,

to bring peace among the people,

to make music in the heart


May 2020 be a year of blessing to you all.