2021 Theme

Brighter Visions

by Revd Simon Winn, Vicar of St. Alfege Church, Greenwich

Welcome to this year’s festival.  I am looking forward to my first experience of Greenwich Advent Windows.

As we emerge cautiously from the Covid-19 pandemic, some of us may have lost loved ones whose absence we will feel keenly this Christmas. Our celebrations may feel different this year.

Stay at home lockdowns may have taught us much, not least about relationships, looking out for others. There are heartening stories of kindness and care. My new neighbours have told me about ways in which our street came together and discovered a renewed sense of community and connection, and a realisation of what’s truly important and what doesn’t really matter in life.

As we celebrate the birth of Christ this year, I’ve chosen ‘Brighter Visions’ as our theme, picking up words from a well known carol ‘Angels from the realms of glory’. The saviour born in Bethlehem who changes history offers brighter visions, hope, renewal and healing through his life-changing love. That’s the message at the heart of Christmas.

Know that you are always welcome at St Alfege Church for our seasonal or regular services, for our heritage and community events. If my colleagues or I can support you in any way, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Your parish church is here for you.

We wish you and your loved ones a very happy Christmas and hope and pray for ‘brighter visions’ for us all in the year ahead.

Merry Christmas!

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