I have been with all the schools in my parishes in the last week or so: Greenhaugh First School had an Advent theme at St Aidan's Club; Otterburn First School visited St Francis' Church and decorated the outdoor Christmas tree with edible gifts for the birds; at Kielder First School I conducted a Christmas assembly; whilst at Bellingham First School and West Woodburn First School I was invited to watch their Christmas performances. I was rewarded for taking an assembly at Bellingham Middle School by being invited to Christmas lunch, after which the readers at the forthcoming Carol Service in church came for a rehearsal. Today five of these schools came together for carol singing after which I went off (in my capacity as Rural Dean) to a gathering with the Bishop for retired clergy. Perhaps I'll spend time with some middle-aged people soon.
Wednesday 12th December 2012 Imagine a picture of frost or ice and you will know what photograph I might have posted if I could manage the technology -- which is claiming at the moment that I have my full share of pictures swirling around in the blogosphere. I don't quite know how to deal with this and I haven't got time to work it out, since Advent is a time of intensive work in the Church's year. Watch this space! (please)