Well, Christmas is nearly upon us and what a privilege that we have the opportunity to really dwell on its significance this year. We are truly blessed as Christians to recognise the gift of Christ that surpasses anything we could possibly hope to give or receive.
Some kind folk have already put fairy lights up in their front gardens, making a late afternoon or evening stroll feel a little magical. In the dark and cold, it’s heart-warming to know that somebody cares enough to shine their little lights for us. That reminds me of the children’s hymn, “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine…”
That’s good for us all to remember as we face the revised, COVID Christmas season. Let’s think of the friendship we’ve shared at Fellowship, the laughter, the warmth and hospitality. Christmas is a time to be grateful, to give thanks, to count our blessings. So it must be the right time to polish up our lights so that they shine brighter than ever and keep shining through the darkness until we meet again, God willing, in the New Year.
Every Blessing from Sue Thomas and the Fellowship Committee.
Happy November and Happy Christmas. Yes, I know I’m a month early but I’m feeling a bit uninspired today, so I need to lighten my mood. We are in level 2 of the new measures to slow down the spread of coronavirus, which means reducing contact with other people. That is the very reason we … Continue reading November
It’s October already. Can you believe it? I can hardly fathom where this year has gone. Luckily I have a diary that tells me more or less, everything I have done, otherwise it would feel like this year has been a big blank. Perhaps that is an insult to certain people. What memorable moments come … Continue reading October
We do hope all members of our Fellowship are well and keeping their spirits up. It has been such a long time since March, when we were together. We miss our Tuesday afternoon meetings and the pleasure of each other’s company. Although the government has eased the lockdown, coronavirus is still with us and we … Continue reading Keep smiling
Another month has passed by and I wonder how the time goes so fast. Surely in these restricted times it should drag. I’m not the only one who feels like that. My daughter suggests it’s because we are living life at a slower pace. I’m all for that. We can spend far too much of … Continue reading A Slower Pace?
In response to the Emmanuel Fellowship item in May Emmanuel Life when I suggested making a list of ways to occupy yourself through lockdown, Lilo Sutton sent the following photo of her orchid, saying “This little orchid was in a poor state, so I gave it lots of tender loving care”. Lilo was rewarded by … Continue reading Tender Care
Editor’s comments: Last month I forgot to include the details of the author of the ‘Isolation Wellbeing Daily To-Do List’, so please find below: Lindsay Braman describes herself as an artist, a therapist, an entrepreneur, and a translator between languages of the heart and mind. You can find more ways to improve your mental health … Continue reading Daily To-Do
As we still find ourselves in lockdown, and will be for the foreseeable future, I thought this list might give you daily focus. My daughter sent it to me and I have permission from Lindsay Braman to share it with you. Take it seriously, or have some fun with it. Just give it a try … Continue reading Lockdown
It is with regret that the Fellowship Committee decided to close Fellowship meetings from 17th March, as we realise how important this weekly outing is to many people. This meant that we did not have the chance to share our experiences of jobs we held after leaving school. We also missed the fabulous talk from … Continue reading Looking towards Easter
Mrs Clare Walker speaks on Founding your own Orchestra, explaining what happened first and how it all developed. … Continue reading Founding your own Orchestra
My First Job: come and tell us what you did when you left school. Any amazing revelations?! … Continue reading My First Job
Mr Neil Sadler’s The Policeman’s Lot: the beat goes on. Promises to be intriguing. … Continue reading The Policeman’s Lot: the beat goes on