Dear Friends,

I hate waiting! 
I don’t know whether it’s our “fast” culture where everything should be instant; instant news, instant food, instant answers, that is to blame or whether it’s just advances in technology that make us expect instant response.   We are all old enough to remember when “snail mail” was the only form of communication for many folks.     Now we have email, texts and social media which, if we use, we expect to receive instant answers.  We need to be available 24/7 and we expect others to do the same.   We hate waiting!

And yet, Advent is all about waiting.  It so often doesn’t feel like it, with all the busyness of the season, but it is all about waiting.   I saw my first house lit with Christmas decorations the other day, it was the day after Halloween.  Someone there wasn’t into waiting!   Young children can drive you crazy in the run up to Christmas and what do we say?  Wait.  It’s the anticipation that makes the experience.

Advent is all about waiting.  Preparation for the big event.  Anticipation of what is yet to come.  If we can get past the “busyness” and experience the season as one of waiting we might see Christmas a bit differently.  Think of the Jews of the Bible who were waiting for the Messiah for century upon century.  Think of the Jews of today who are still waiting for the Messiah.   Think of the 9 months that Mary waited, then the 30+ years that she had to ponder what was coming next and her son’s part in God’s plan.  Remind yourself again that at Christmas we celebrate the coming of Christ and wait, looking forward to the day when he will come again.

I guess there’s no escaping it, our lives are all about waiting.  Are we just getting frustrated or are we using the time while we wait.  Are we anticipating?  Are we looking forward and praying for what God’s plan is for each of us?  We may not like it, but waiting is good for us sometimes.


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Minister and Officers
Minister Rev. J. Grindrod-Helmn
Church Correspondence and
Synod Representative
M. Gibson
Worship Secretary H. Peacock
Readers Rota L. Conway
Hall Bookings S. Brooks
Christian Aid Representatives M. and M. Shepherd
Treasurer S. Black  
Organists G. Brooks and
P. Toward
Fabric Convener Minutes at present J. Archibald

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Services and Meetings

Most Sundays
Service in Warkworth Church
10.30 a.m.

Please check the "Dates for your Diary" page for more information.

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Flower Rota



Do remember that our flowers continue to give pleasure to others after they are taken from the Communion Table. We receive most appreciative messages from those who are enjoying the flowers and appreciate being remembered.

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Dates for your diary
23rd Dec 18 Rev. J. Grindrod-Helmn 10:30
30th Dec 18 Mission Partnership Service at St James's URC 10:30
6th Jan 19 Home Grown 10:30
13th Jan 19 Rev. J. Grindrod-Helmn
20th Jan 19 M. Russell 10:30
27th Jan 19 Rev. J. Grindrod-Helmn 10:30
3rd Feb 19 Rev. G. Uttley 10:30


Remember – old folks are worth a fortune – with silver in their hair, gold in their teeth, stones in their kidneys and gas in their stomachs.

I have become a little older since I saw you last and changes have come into my life. I am quite a frivolous old girl!!! I am seeing five gentlemen each day.

As soon as I wake up, Will Power helps me get out of bed and then I go to see John. Next, it’s time for Mr Quaker who gives me my oats. They leave and Arthur Ritis shows up and stays the rest of the day. He doesn’t stay in one place very long, so he takes me from joint to joint. After such a busy day I am ready for bed with Johnny Walker.

What a life – and oh yes – I am flirting with Al Zymer. The vicar came the other day and said that at my age I should be thinking about the hereafter.  I told him, “Oh I do. No matter where I am, if I am in the kitchen or upstairs or in the basement, I ask myself – ‘Now what am I here after?’”

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Revd J. Grindrod-Helmn M.A., Mdiv.