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Friday 18th December - Icon of the Day

Coming to save the world, God doesn’t look at it with despair that it would seem to deserve, scrumple it up and decide to start again, making a world peopled with less troublesome creatures this time. Instead God uses the most ordinary thing imaginable, the birth of a baby, to transform everything. In an ingenious little twist, instead of being born into an already existing family, this child will create a new one. From now on, whoever is part of the family of this child is part of God’s new transformed family and God’s new, vivid world…


Jane Williams


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Image: ‘The Nativity’ by Ludovico Mazzolino (1480–1528), painted between 1504 and 1510. Photo: The National Gallery, London.


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In St Mary’s prayer cycle for this month, today we pray for all who have lost loved ones this year and will be missing them so much at this time.


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In these unprecedented times, St Mary’s is reaching out and supporting our community in many ways, especially online. But with activities in our buildings greatly restricted, we no longer receive the previous level of financial support from collections at Services, nor from hiring out the church and hall buildings.


If you can help us financially to continue to offer Christ's love to our community in these difficult times, as those before us have done down the centuries, please consider making a donation by debit/credit card and to Gift Aid it if possible, by clicking this link to 'givealittle':


Thank you!



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