How do you welcome the month of January? With open arms because the Christmas season is pretty exhausting and you want a sense of normality back? Maybe this month is a struggle for you, the festivities were a hellpful distraction and now it is back to the usual rhythmns of life? Perhaps the reality for you is somewhere in the middle of these two statements?
I've had a good Christmas, a quiet one as for the first time in ten years I haven't had to drive anywhere. Family came to us for a change. Like most families we laughed a lot, had a few slight disagreements but got through the holidays reasonably unscathed! This Christmas was also the first without my mum, she died at the end of September after a 28 year wrestle with brain cancer. Christmas has been fun but as you can imagine there has been a constant tinge of sadness in the background of all we have done.
Formy family in 2018 we have some exciting things to look forward to. There will also be some surprises (we hope more good than not so!) and we also have a few ongoing questions and challenges to work our way through. I guess we are not so different from many other families out there.
One of the aspects of our lives that makes a difference when we go through the good and not so good times is being part of a church. LCBC continues to work at being a faith community centred around the two commandments Jesus gave, to love God with all we have and to love thy neighbour as Jesus loves us. Simply being part of a church rooted in such an ethos makes a difference to everyone's life who is part of the church community, including my own family.
If you would like to come and explore what being part of this church might mean for you then you'd be very welcome. Our website offers more information about who we are and what to expect but if you want to telephone me beforehand if you have more questions then I'd love to hear from you. Alternatively if you want to just turn up then services begin at 10.30am on Sundays. We will look forward to meeting you.