News from the Living Brook Benefice, and the churches of St John the Baptist, Piddington with Horton, St John the Baptist, Quinton and St Edmund, King and Martyr, Hardingstone, Northamptonshire in the diocese of Peterborough
The midnight mass congregation on Christmas night at St John the Baptist, Piddington with Horton, looked delighted
when I invited them to get their smartphones out and tweet the sermon
#christmasstartswithchrist. Especially the group in their early twenties
who had come straight from the pub and weren't used to going to church.
Their pleasure was expressed vocally, and why not? Joining in with the
Sermon tweeting project for Christmas challenged me to think hard about
what the message was this year. Taking Hebrews 1:1-4 and John 1:1-14 as
preaching texts, this was the word that was tweeted by various good
people in Piddington church this year.
A sure sign that Advent is upon us, heralding the start of Christmas for all of us in this Parish is the annual Horton Christmas Tree Festival. This year's event (on the 1st and 2nd December), saw Piddington Churchpacked with treesdecorated by members of the local community based on the theme of 'films'. The breadth of creativityand interpretation of the theme on display always amazes and is testament to many hours of preparation. The church looked fantastic and a big thank you is extended to everyone involved in putting on the event. The festival finished on a high note with a Christmas celebration of carols and verses, which would have left even Ebenezer Scrooge eagerly anticipating the Christmas!