MESSAGE FROM THE MINISTER

28 November 2020

Advent

dark sky

This weekend sees the beginning of Advent and the start of the Christian year. Four weeks to think about and reflect on the meaning of the Christ child for ourselves and for the world. For many, this time is a period of busy preparations for Christmas - getting the tree out of the cupboard, setting it up and decorating it with baubles and lights. For those more industrious in the kitchen area, cakes and puddings may well be already baked and put aside for the festive day. Cards are written, presents bought (perhaps this year by the internet rather than the pleasure of going to the highly decorated shops) and invitations sent.

And yet, this period of Advent, like Lent, asks of us a time of watchful reflection, weighing up our thoughts, faith, and state of mind. A time of expectation not for partying, although I am sure parties make the depth of winter somehow more able to be coped with, but for an inward and outward setting right with ourselves and with each other. And so we approach this time, positively, looking for the good and responding to the challenges. We reflect on our relationships and how we act in the world. We look beyond our own concerns and give time and effort to make other people's lives better and more whole. We are encouraged to offer love and respect to all and especially this year for everyone struggling to get by; as we do so, we are challenged to give to food banks and shelters, to think and pray for those who will work over Christmas especially health care workers and support staff and to work for a better world.

And as we follow the star, let us commit to finding peace and joy for ourselves and for others. Martin Hazell




  Martin

Previous messages from the minister

 SERVICES AND OTHER EVENTS

 November 2020

Sun  110.30amSunday communion service led by Martin Hazell at Moat Church
Please bring your own bread and wine/juice, to help with social distancing
Sun 12.30pmService led by Martin Hazell on Zoom
Sun  810.30amCANCELLED Remembrance Service led by Stuart Dew at Moat Church
Sun  810.30amRemembrance Service led by Martin Hazell on Zoom, if you need the joining details please email moaturc@gmail.com NEW
Sun 1510.30amCANCELLED Sunday Service led by Martin Hazell at Moat Church
Sun 1510.30amService led by Martin Hazell on Zoom, if you need the joining details please email moaturc@gmail.com
Sun 2210.30amService led by Martin Hazell on Zoom, if you need the joining details please email moaturc@gmail.com
Sun 2910.00amCombined Moat, Redhill and Reigate Park Advent Sunday service, available here:
 and on the Reigate Park YouTube channel

 December 2020

Sun  6 -YouTube, Zoom, CD services. Details to follow
Sun  910.30amZoom coffee morning. Details to follow
Sun 13 -YouTube, Zoom, CD services. Details to follow
Sun 20 -YouTube, Zoom, CD services. Details to follow
Sun 24 -YouTube, Zoom, CD services. Details to follow
Sun 25 -YouTube, Zoom, CD services. Details to follow
Sun 27 -YouTube, Zoom, CD services. Details to follow

URC Services

• Online URC Advent Sunday Service - Sunday, 29 November 2020


• Online URC Sunday Service - Sunday, 22 November 2020


• Online URC Sunday Service - Sunday, 15 November 2020


• Online URC Sunday Service - Sunday, 08 November 2020


• Online URC Sunday Service - Sunday, 01 November 2020


Previous Online URC Services

Other Resources

• All age Southern Synod service, including Communion, available at 10.30am on Sunday, 19 July 2020
ReigatePark URC YouTube channel

• During the current crisis Reform magazine is available online for FREE

• Selection of streamed services from various URC churches

Apart but United a COVID-19 prayer letter

Daily Devotions from the URC