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Dear Friends,

As I write this letter it’s a rather typically cold and dull January day and I find myself thinking back to the days of Advent and Christmas when our churches were beautifully decorated, and everyone seemed to be in a happy, joyous place. I do want to express my personal thanks to everyone who contributed and worked so hard to make our Christmas decorations and celebrations so memorable.

When I was a little boy, in common with many others I dreamt of a bright, successful future. I can’t quite remember dreaming of being a train driver, though I knew some who did, but I was determined that I would go on and take every opportunity to achieve my ambitions and I can remember wanting to be a farmer. At the time of course, the idea of being a priest hadn’t entered my mind, but I had dreams of going on to do good things as the adventure of life lay before me.

In recent months we have seen at long last a change in politics that could allow the wishes and dreams of many to come to fruition. We have also seen dreams dashed by the turmoil in Her Majesty the Queens family.

We all have our own daydreams and our ambitions. However, whatever happens in the future I urge you to hold dear to the words of the Apostle Paul who, when writing to the church at Philippi, said, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanks-giving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)