Vicar’s Christmas Letter 2019

Looking for wise men and women!

As the General Election draws near, it’s not just at the Nativity Plays that we are looking out for Wise People!  Our country badly needs wisdom and reassurance and … so do we!

Life can seem very confusing and politics and politicians are often a huge turn off but we still need them and must pray for them and play our part too.

As we prepare to celebrate Jesus’ birthday … What difference can Jesus make?

The Bible tells us that Jesus came to save us! Butfrom what? … From Brexit? … From The EU? … From ourselves?

Jesus offers to any of us something deeply personal and life-transforming.  He offers us reassurance and a big challenge.  He challenged the people of his day to look after each other and not just to feather their own nests.  It shouldn’t be just everyone for themselves.  Jesus knows that life can be depressing, disturbing and even dangerous but we do need each other for support and wise leadership.

In my life experience, Jesus has helped me know that I am loved andthat I matter to Him.In the most difficult days of my life – when I didn’t have a job, when my dad died suddenly and when I felt very down – sharing my troubles with Jesus and my loved ones gave me strength, peace and direction when otherwise I would have felt very lost.

Jesus is God’s gift to the world – a shining example of a brilliant life. He is also a potential wise friend for any of us who want to seek His counsel.  He keeps me on my toes and challenges me to do my best every day.

Christmas isn’t just an excuse for a holiday but an opportunity to realise that God reaches out in friendship to YOU!  He wants to help and support you and this world which He loves.  If you want to find out more, you will always find a warm welcome at All Saints’. Happy Christmas everyone.

Peter Chantry

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About Stephen

Lay Chair of All Saints' Church Council and Treasurer. Retired Head of University Secretariat at Keele, Secretary of North Staffs Classical Association, Secretary of North Shropshire CLP, former Woore Parish Councillor & Vice-Chairman of Woore Neighbourhood Plan Team, now complete. Chairman of Sir John Offley's Almshouse Trust, Madeley.
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