Robert Huddleston and longest-serving Monton member, Clifford Bell - below
At my home church, Monton, we have supported NCH for many years and the second Sunday in December is our Gift Service. This year Alysha Lawlor came to tell us about the charity's change of name - it is now ACTION FOR CHILDREN - and of the vital work they do among vulnerable children and their families. Most of it is in this country but I had been able to visit the YES project in Belize during my trip to Central America earlier in the year; this is funded by Action for Children and helps and trains teenage girls suffering abuse.
It was also the baptism of Emily Margaret, seen above with her proud father! A great family occasion - grandparents Margaret and Ray Drury are hard-working members in the Circuit.
This evening a group of us will be singing carols around the local hospital and we will be remembering many who are ill or near to death - and many too who have lost their homes and livelihoods across the world this Christmas.
Stephen and I pray with you for the coming again of the Prince of Peace; aware as always that today 'his angels here are human'; aware too that the Light has already come into the world and the darkness has not overcome it (St. John 1).