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Letter from Derek


Dear Friends,


The Bible tells us that the shepherds were terrified when the angel of the Lord appeared to them, to proclaim good news of the birth of Christ – I bet they were!  These simple folk, going about their work, one of the poorest groups in society, would not have expected such an event – why would the all-powerful, creating God chose them?  This is an important question, and the answer might be as simple as – why not?


Getting the message of Christmas across is not a simple task.  The story is about Hope, Peace, Joy and Love; all very appealing things.  But in a busy world, in hurried lives, it requires a bit of space and thought to appreciate these things – a luxury many people don’t have.


In the Priory Churches through December, we will give people the chance, and space, to come and reflect with us.  There will be no scary angels (unless of course you come to our carol pageant in Lodsworth, where I dress up as an angel – make up your own minds on this?)– but there will be a message of hope, peace, joy, and love.  And whether you are a shepherd or not; the message will be the same ‘great joy for all people’ as the angel proclaimed.


So, across December, in our three churches there will be three carol services, two Christingles and one carol pageant.  There will be our usual Sunday services for Advent and of course the important Christmas celebrations.  We will welcome our schools into church for their services and it all kicks off with the Tree of Hope.  Please also see details of our Messy Church Advent event elsewhere in this publication.  I hope at some point our paths cross and we enjoy moments of community together.  After all that we have been through, we all need a bit of Hope, Peace, Joy and Love this year.


Full details of our services and events will be on our website www.thepriorychurches.co.uk


Many Christmas Blessings


Derek Welsman






If you would like to view any of the reflections or services

that Derek has recorded since March 2020 please click here.


To find a simple form of daily prayer click here (also available as a video)

Other prayer resources may be found on the Church of England website.