Who really wants to say goodbye to family togetherness, parties, a precious time of leisure… before the hurly-burly of “ordinary life” takes over again? It’s sometimes a sad task to take down those Christmas decorations, but it’s got to be done… in churches as well as homes. A huge thank you to the Langdale Women’s Group for all they’ve done again this year to make the church look so beautiful: both to those who put up decorations, crib scene, candles etc and have now just taken them all down. It really was worth it!! Loads of appreciative comments, and it felt so much easier to enter into the atmosphere of those special, night-time services. They say January is the worst time for depression as people struggle with getting back to work again, BUT we’ve most of us got some good memories (though spare a thought for several families in the valley who have been bereaved very recently, for whom Christmas was particularly tough), and there are things to look forward to – even in January!
For instance the week of prayer for Christian Unity is a wonderful and important occasion, when local Anglicans, Baptists, Catholics, Methodists & Quakers meet together in each others’ worship buildings to pray in that tradition’s style for more of the unity which Jesus himself prayed for. Here are the times when we shall meet together:-
Churches Together in Ambleside District
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
18th to 24th January 2018
We are holding a service each day to mark the week. This year’s theme is “Liberation”.
Thursday 18th Jan 10.30am Holy Trinity, Langdale
Friday 19th Jan 2.00pm Baptist Church
Saturday 20th Jan 10.30am Methodists in parish centre
Sunday 21st Jan 11.00am United Service, St Mary’s
Monday 22nd Jan 10.00am Holy Trinity, Brathay
Tuesday 23rd Jan 10.00am Quakers, at Glenthorne
Wednesday 24th Jan 6.30pm Mater Amabilis
|Sunday 21st January 11.00am United Service at St Mary’s Church, Ambleside. (NB There will be NO separate service in Langdale on that day)
All the local churches will be taking part in this service. Do come along and support any of these you are able to.
Wishing all our readers a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!