St Mary Magdalene † St Bartholomew † St Alban †
Sunday 25th December 2011
Sunday 1st January 2012
2012 – a Year to Remember?
Today is Christmas Day (rejoice!) or, possibly, New Year’s Day and so 2012. The year promises to be an eventful one in the life of our Parish and community.
We will be appointing a new minister at St. Barts. The Parish Review is with the Bishop and will be made public in the first week of January. (See separate item in this newsletter for our meeting on 15th January).
Then the Diocese is holding a conference for clergy and others on the 21st January to set out its Strategic Vision - “Transforming Presence” - for the next 15 years. This will have an impact on us as our own area is very much in the forefront of the challenges and issues we face over that time.
Finally (?) there will be the Olympic Games. Some (of you) may have tickets. Others (of us) will be watching on TV. There will be opportunities for Christian involvement - more will be revealed in the New Year and, in the meantime, you can look at the “More-than- Gold” website. But, no matter what we do, Newham is centre-stage and the games and their legacy will have a major impact on us all.
And so I hope you all have a very Happy Christmas and wish you all the best for the New Year which, no doubt, will bring each of us its personal ups and its downs. May He be with us in everything in 2012.