Monthly Service Timetable and Vicar’s Letter

Holy Communion Service at Austwick every Wednesday at 10.30.

Visitors to our villages are most welcome at our Church services.  Do come along and join us.

Sunday 7 January 9.30 am Holy Communion at Austwick
9.30 am Holy Communion at Eldroth
11.00 am Holy Communion at Clapham
11.00 am Holy Communion at Keasden
Sunday 14 January 9.30 am Morning Prayer at Austwick
11.00 am Holy Communion at Clapham
2.00 pm Holy Communion at Keasden
6.30 pm Holy Communion at Austwick
 Sunday 21 January 9.30 am Holy Communion at Austwick
11.00 am Holy Communion at Clapham
7.00 pm Evensong at Eldroth
 Sunday 28 January 9.30 am Holy Communion at Austwick
11.00 am  Holy Communion at Clapham
2.00 pm Evensong at Keasden

Churchwarden’s Introduction

The beginning of every New Yearencourages “new leaf turnings” for some, and for others, the making of numerous well intentioned New Year’s Resolutions.  January also brings some well-kept and long standing traditions, starting with Hogmanay and First Footings.  The Christian Festival of Epiphany on the sixth of January celebrates the arrival of the wise men who came to see Jesus soon after he was born, bringing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Twelfth Night, that of January 5th-6th, brings and end to the Christmas Celebrations and used to the time for a final fling of jollity.  Special cakes baked for the occasion often used to have a bean buried inside and whoever found the bean was appointed bean-king or Lord of Misrule, to preside over the festivities up to midnight.  Should anyone fancy baking one of these fruit cakes (I can pass on the recipe), I’m always available for tasting and don’t forget the BEAN!

The celebration of Robbie Burns on Burns Night on January 25th, with neeps and tatties, haggis and whisky galore, is a well-kept tradition and enjoyed not only throughout Scotland.

The interregnum is now entering its sixth month and continues to run successfully.  We are most grateful to the visiting clergy for their help and support.

Due to the approach of Christmas, the deadline for material to be included in this Newsletter has been brought forward to early December.  At the time of writing we are awaiting an announcement form the Bishop in respect of the appointment of a Priest in Charge for our parishees.  We look forward to the coming months.

With Best Wishes for a Healthy, Happy and Peaceful New Year.

Colin Brindle, Churchwarden Church of St James, Clapham