Clive led our Communion Service and told us the latest on the quest to recruit a second priest to help him head up the team running Axmouth and the other 7 churches in the Axe Valley Mission Community.
Also, Sue Craker gave us a fascinating insight into her work as an Exeter Street Pastor.
You can hear all this in the service recording: just click the image below.
We opened the New Year at Axmouth with a Christingle Service, a candle-lit celebration named after the Christingles that are lit as the service proceeds. Christingles are made from an orange decorated with red ribbon, sweets and a candle. They have been part of our history for the last 50 years. Those who celebrate Christingle normally hold a collection in aid of the Children’s Society to support children and young people in the darkest situations imaginable.
Each element of a Christingle has a special meaning and helps to tell the Christian story:
The orange represents the world
The red ribbon symbolises the love and blood of Christ
The sweets and dried fruit represent all of God’s creations
The lit candle represents the light of Jesus in the world, bringing hope to people living in darkness.
Lesley led the service and Hilary spoke on Matthew 5:14-15 … You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand and it gives light to everyone in the house.