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Christ Church - the Revd Andrew Hemming, Assistant Priest for Redhill; 01761-462582     M: 07584-124198                                  e: <andrewmhemming@btinternet.com> This article goes under the title ‘Views from Christ Church, Redhill’ and the views from Redhill at this time of year are spectacular. With the leaves off the trees you can see so much more. At a time of year when the countryside is supposed to be at rest, actually, she shows off some of her best aspects. To ponder these views is both inspiring and rejuvenating. Rejuvenating, because the extended horizon takes us away from our immediate busyness and invites us to enjoy a wider vista. We are so privileged to live in this part of the world. At Christ Church we, together with other churches and most households, have tidied away the trappings of Christmas. The tree has already gone with the baubles put away for another year. By the time this is published the Crib Scene too will have been dismantled and the figures stored safely away for next year. Indeed, our focus is already on the season of Lent and Easter, there is so much to prepare and to do; Ash Wednesday services, Lent Groups, Compline Talks, Holy Week and Easter Day. Where should we start? I am starting by taking a 5-Day Retreat. Staying with a small group of friars in a monastery north of Worcester, I shall relish the enforced silence, the gentle rhythm of monastic worship, long walks in the countryside and oodles of time for reading. Retreats are events, like the countryside in winter, where very little seems to be going on, but we are gifted with unusual far sightedness. The sense of an extended horizon takes us away from our immediate busyness, setting us free to relish both the memories of Christmas and the hope of Easter. We all need such opportunities, whether that means a formal annual retreat, a Sabbath day of relaxation, or just a routine of sitting with your feet up each day if only for half an hour. The Old Testament Commandments call on us to take a Sabbath day’s rest each week and Jesus set us an example of taking himself away after periods of busyness. This is good advice that would benefit all. Lent and Easter are fast approaching, and they will be wonderful, but let us allow ourselves some time to deeply appreciate these changing seasons and all they hold for us. With every blessing to you Andrew  ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Redhill WI - Liz Shorney All our members wish you a happy, memorable and fulfilling 2017. If you make just one resolution this year, perhaps it could be coming along to one of our meetings. You may decide that Redhill WI is the place for you and decide to join us. We always welcome new members and if you are self- conscious about coming on your own, bring a friend or two or three ( there’s safety in numbers!). Our programme for 2017 is as follows - you can also look on the Wrington website. All meetings start at 7.30pm ( the club bar will be open if you fancy buying a drink in to bring in with you). January 10th  Ann White - ‘Mary’s Meals & Backpack Project’ February 14th ‘The Flaming Feathers, Fan Dance Class’ March 14th John Kirkhope - ‘Bizarre Legal Cases’ April 11th  Easter Arts & Crafts: Sharing Skills & Interests Sunday, April 23rd St. George’s Day Tea Party in Village Hall – all welcome. Details to be announced. May 9th   Resolution Meeting + Talk – Linda Griffin - ‘Avoiding Scams’ June 13th Marven Hamilton, Instructor - ‘Yoga & Mindfulness’ July 11th Jetta Blumenthael - ‘Herbs from your Garden, Herbal Remedies, Natural Health’ Saturday, July 15th  Barbecue and Concert given by local members of the Royal Mail Choir – all welcome. Details to be announced. August  Summer Outing TBC September 12th  Reg King - ‘How to Keep Warm in Bed’ October 10th  Presentation - ‘Tropic Natural Skincare’ November 14th  Annual Meeting &Committee Elections December 12th  Christmas Party As you can see, plenty of everything to tempt you! Come along and see if it’s for you! ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
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