Page 25, Ufford PUNCH, December 2018 Mondays ……...….. Tuesdays…………. Wednesdays….…... Thursdays …….… Fridays…………… Saturdays ……..…. Mothers’ Union …. Parent & Toddler Group 13:30 - 15:15, Melton, during term time Morning prayer 09:30, Melton Said Eucharist 10:00, Melton. Evening prayer, 17:00, Melton No service Morning prayer 09:00, Ufford Said Eucharist 10:00, Ufford - Messy Church December 8, 11:00, Melton No m eeting in December. Mrs Marguerite Kenny T: 01394 420817 Mrs Jan Purcell T: 01394 460338 ST MARY OF THE ASSUMPTION, UFFORD (United Benefice with St Andrew’s Church, Melton) Rector of Melton & Ufford: Revd Paul Hambling Assistant Priest: Canon Penny Brown Church Office, St Andrew’s Church, Station Road, Melton, Woodbridge IP12 1PX T: 01394 387491 E: email@example.com W: www.uffordchurch.org.uk Churchwardens of Ufford: Dear friends, It only seems like last week that we took down the decorations from last year. The excitement of Christmas seems to begin earlier and earlier. As a child, waiting for the last few days in the run up to Christmas Day, it seemed to take for ages, as we tried to persuade my Dad not to leave it until Christmas Eve before the Christmas tree went up. Our tree was a small 4ft silver tree, and the same green fairy, which looked more be- draggled each year having spent most of the year at the bot- tom of a box in the loft. All of these things bring memories of spending time with my own family, 15 of us at my Grandparents small house near Colchester. My Nanna busy cooking and Grandad busy fetch- ing extra chairs from the spare room and lighting the fire in the front room (the only day of the year the room was used and the fire lit). Together we celebrated the joy of Christmas. For some people Christmas is not always a time to celebrate, and my prayer is that each of us will find peace this Christ- mas. As a church we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, and the hope and the expectation of that is one of great joy. And that joy is to be shared with all people. In a world of uncertainty this one single event, a birth, that happened 2000 years ago, in a stable in humble conditions, in- vites us to be drawn into a life of hope, a life of love, and a life humility. I hope that this Advent and Christmas time will be one where you will find hope and love, whatever you believe to be true. May God bless you all this Christmas. Fr. Paul Soldiers from the 23 Parachute Engineer Regiment (Rock Barracks) joined Ufford at the Remembrance service held in St Mary’s church. Proud Ufford grandparents, David & Anne Perfect, and other family members joined daughter Lizzie and her husband Fraser McGibbon, at the baptism of their own daughter Isla McGibbon. The Revd Paul Hambling was officiating at this ‘perfect’ christening.