Rector's letter

We were delighted to welcome Fr Michael Cartwright and his wife Jo at Michael's licensing service on 6th November in Foulsham Parish Church. They are now living at The Rectory in Foulsham. Michael will take primary pastoral responsibility for the parishes of Foulsham, Stibbard and Wood Norton.  Fr Michael has written the 'Rector's letter' below for December & January.

Reverend Sally Kimmis


Dear Friends

I am writing this letter surrounded by packing cases - mostly books. Jo and I are delighted to be with you and thank you for the kind gifts and good wishes which have welcomed us to Foulsham. I am looking forward to being part of the Ministry team with Rev'd Sally and Father Christopher - well aware that I have much to learn.

Each year, the countdown to Christmas seems to get earlier. Christmas goods were seen in some shops back in September. But what is it really all about - what are all the preparations for? Who will be at the centre of our celebrations?

Mary and Joseph found no room at the inn, Bethlehem was full to overflowing and our Infant Redeemer was born in a stable. As Advent moves towards Christmas, the pressing question is 'Do we have room in our hearts to welcome Jesus into our lives?' Without him there is no real Christmas.

For many of us Christmas is a family time, a wonderful time of giving and receiving, of parties and get-togethers. But we remember too that for many people, Christmas festivities will be marred by not enough food and few presents for the children. This is not just a sad thought - but a time for action. We can all help. Time to support our local food banks with the best that we can give to bring some joy into the lives of others - making people feel that they matter.

In our prayers, let us remember all those who give of their time to make Christmas special for those who are finding life tough. People who provide special Christmas meals and warm beds for those, who, like the Holy Family, find there is no room at the inn. 

I hope to meet many new friends in the weeks and months ahead. Meanwhile, I'd like to say that I am here for you whether you are a regular churchgoer or not.

May the love of the Christ Child be yours - may His peace enfold you and may He dwell in all our hearts as we celebrate His birth. 

A happy and Blessed Christmas to you all.

Yours in Christ Jesus

Fr Michael

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