Letter from our Vicar

Letter from our Team of Clergy and Readers - NOVEMBER 2018(Continued from Home Page)

...Halloween is a contraction of ‘Hallows' Evening’ or ‘All Hallows' Eve.’ Occurring on the 31st of October each year it heralds the Christian festival of ‘All Hallows' Day’ or ‘All Saints’ Day.’ In the Western Church All Saints' Day stems from a belief that there is a powerful spiritual bond between those in heaven and the living. In days gone by we would talk about the "Church triumphant" and the "Church militant", and some of our hymns employed those expressions.

Many churches now celebrate Halloween by holding ‘Light’ events, such as a Light Party, for both children and adults. They are times when the whole congregation can come together and party in a fun and safe atmosphere, whilst celebrating life and light. After all, Jesus said, “I have come that they may have LIFE, and have it to the full” and he did refer to himself as being “the LIGHT of the world.” It is good for those of us who regard Halloween as ‘dark’ to have the opportunity to celebrate that Jesus came to overcome the darkness.

But there is more to November than just Halloween. As well as All Saints’ Day there is ‘All Souls’ Day,’ a difficult but important time in the Church calendar when we remember those who have died. Again, a time when many churches open their doors to welcome all who wish to remember loved ones and to give thanks for their lives and all they meant to us.

November is the time when Remembrance Day services take place at 11.00am on the 11th day of the eleventh month, which this year falls on a Sunday. Most of our Benefice Churches will be open to all at 10.50 am for our Remembrance Sunday services. We will honour those who have given so much in the service of their Country.

November seems to be a time for remembering, thinking not about the long dark and often cold nights, but for reflecting on those people whose lives have been instrumental in forming the life we enjoy today; the Saints of the past, for our loved ones no longer with us here on earth, for those who gave so much, and for Jesus - the one who came to offer Life and Light.

The last Sunday in November is the final Sunday before Advent begins - a time when we remember, and prepare for, the coming of Jesus into the world, but I suspect there will be more of that next month!

May the peace and comfort of God be with you this November.

Mike Campbell