First of all, a very Happy New Year to you all. It's a very low bar, but let's hope that it's better than 2020.
This is not the news with which I wish to begin the year, but after we were moved into Tier 4 on New Year's Eve, and following communications from circuit and district, I say with a heavy heart that services at AMC are again suspended whilst we remain in tier 4.
It is my prayer that this will not be for long. With 2 vaccines now being rolled out, the light at the end of the tunnel is getting that much brighter, but, to use another metaphor to do with light, it is often the case that the darkest part of the night is just before dawn.
This is the week of Epiphany, when the Magi followed a star which led them to the Christ child. Whether in the church building or being the church outside the building, may the light of Christ continue to lead and guide us.
As I say, please God it will not be long before services can resume, but more than anything else I wish to see everyone safe.
With every blessing for 2021
REMINDER for Church Council Members: the next meeting of Church Council will be held on Tuesday 19th January 2021 at 7.30pm by Zoom.
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