It was a very different journey through Advent to Christmas in 2020, as our two churches adapted to the changing rules around social distancing, whilst still taking us on the journey of watching and waiting throughout Advent, and on to the celebration of the birth of Jesus at Christmas.
Many traditions were upheld, some faced necessary change and some new, exciting activities were added. Here is a snapshot of the season in South Newbury and Wash Common.Read More
For those joining us on Wednesday Worship.. apologies that you missed a crucial part of the service…
Here below, is the video of my friend Revd Denis Adide reading TS Eliot’s ‘Journey of the Magi’
To hear this poem, from the voice of a person who was once a refugee, brings an entirely new perspective on the poem, and on the experience of the Magi.
2020 Advent Encounters – three reflections for small groups and individuals
Advent, like Lent, is a time of waiting – but not waiting like we might wait for a bus, but more like waiting at a table, waiting on God, attentive and responsive, expecting something. I sometimes think that when we talk about the wait of Advent, we should spell the word as weight, because Advent is a season of depth and seriousness to encourage us to lift our gaze from the immediate and obvious to contemplate a bigger picture, a weightier story…
In this, of all years, when we have been forced to reappraise our priorities, and have been stripped of many of our normal distractions and routines, Advent comes whispering a promise of another way, of light in darkness, of hope over despair, and of a quality of joy that is not based on how well things are going, but on who God is, and who we are.
In these Advent reflections we have chosen to home-in on the annunciation and birth of Jesus. We hope that the familiarity of the nativity story will give groups and individuals confidence to think widely and imaginatively about other layers of meaning, to go deeper, and by doing so to encounter Christmas afresh.
We have intentionally selected non-traditional art and poetry for each reflection. This is to help us, in the words of St Paul, to ‘open the eyes of our hearts’.
Revd Becky Bevan November 2020
Due to copyright restrictions we can only include excerpts from poems, but most can be found on the internet and read in full (because others have infringed copyright law!).
If you like poetry I strongly recommend ‘Haphazard by Starlight – A Poem a day from Advent to Epiphany’ written and compiled by Janet Morley and published by SPCK. This book includes some of the best 20th century poetry by a range of writers with excellent commentary and reflection by the compiler.
Morley’s anthology begins with a poem by Rowan Williams entitled ‘Advent Calendar’, which finishes –
He will come like dark.
One evening when the bursting red
December sun draws up the sheet
and penny-masks its eye to yield
the star-snowed fields of sky.
He will come, will come,
will come like crying in the night,
like blood, like breaking,
as the earth writhes to toss him free.
He will come like child.
Week one – resources here.
Week two – resources here.
Week three – resources here.
During October and November, St George’s has marked remembering with two services, A Memorial Service on All Saints’ Day where people gathered to remember those we love but no longer see. Following the new lockdown regulations, a outdoor Act of Remembrance was held on Remembrance Sunday. We give grateful thanks to Arthur for playing the Last Post so beautifully.
Our Annual Meeting is to be held on 19th November 2020 at 7.00pm.
With new lockdown measures this will be held on Zoom.
Details will be given before the meeting.
Documents for the APCM
Below you will find links to documents that have been prepared for the Annual Meetings on Thursday 19th November 2020.
These documents are also on view in church but due to covid-19 restrictions, entering the building to see them may not be possible.
– additional report (also now in main report) School Link Report
Minutes of the 2019 APCM and APM
POSTED ON THE WEBSITE ON St John’s Website WEDNESDAY 4TH NOVEMBER 2020
(15 days before the Annual Meeting)
POSTED ON THIS WEBSITE ON FRIDAY 6TH NOVEMBER 2020
(13 days before the Annual Meeting)
The day has now passed – but the happy memories linger!
All the resources from our day can be accessed from here.
7.30pm on Tuesday, 20 October in St George’s Church and on Zoom.
Please click on the links to access documentation relating to St George’s APCM: