People listened to John the Baptist because he told the truth and they saw a man who was indifferent to the world's prizes. A man of minimal needs, who could not be bought by pleasures, comforts or money, but who was passionate about God. They recognised holiness. John the Baptist preached forgiveness. This is one of the special gifts of God, and one of the big celebrations of Advent. We are a forgiven people, and we welcome the forgiveness of God in our repentance. This means we are firstly grateful for forgiveness - that we do not have to carry forever the burden of our sin, meanness, faults and failings. God covers them over in mercy. The second step of welcoming forgiveness is to try to do better in life - to move on from sinfulness and meanness to a life of care, compassion, love and joy, and to pass that forgiveness on to others.
We have good news. From 2nd December we can return to church. If you are in a high-risk category you are not obliged to come so please donâ€™t take risks with your health. If you can come, we need to do it safely and responsibly.
We are to be offering two youth clubs! The first for those in year 6-9 (Phoenix) on Wednesday evenings and the second for those in year 9-13 on Friday evenings. Both run from 7-9pm and have free pizza.
If you are in your 20â€™s or 30â€™s why not join our new young adults group â€“ a chance to make friends, a vital part of forming any community. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
With the support of Cruse and St Giles Hospice, as well as large number of volunteer, we are providing a bereavement support service at Sacred Heart every Friday, 10 â€“ 12am. It is open to parishioners and non-parishioners alike.