Happy New Year!

May the road rise up to meet you.

May the wind be always at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face;

the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,

may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Best wishes to you from all of us at St Giles’.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas

Shout for joy
the whole earth,
and everything within.
For Light has come into the world

The mountains sing,
the seas resound
to the praise of your name.
once promised is here on earth

The angels’ song
rings in the air,
a child has been born.
The Saviour of the world is here

Summer Rest

A recent Gospel reading told how Jesus and his followers needed rest. But it was impossible; everywhere they went, they were recognised…

The apostles gathered around Jesus and brought Him news of all they had done and taught. And He said to them, “Come with Me privately to a solitary place, and let us rest for a while.” For many people were coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. So they went away in a boat by themselves to a solitary place. But many people saw them leaving and recognised them. They ran together on foot from all the towns and arrived before them. When Jesus stepped ashore and saw a large crowd, He had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And He began to teach them many things.

Hopefully, if you are planning on taking a holiday, you will not be ‘recognised’ to the same extent! And if you aren’t able to have a break, we hope that you are able to rest a little while and stay cool during the hot weather.

Best wishes to you this summer from everyone at St Giles’.

Long warm days… The pace of life slows… A time for picnics and rest in the shade… Lord, help us to rest awhile in the cooling shade of your presence. Slow down our restless hearts and fill us with gentle compassion for all your people. Amen.