What connects shoe shiners, sailors, pharmacists, students, children, pawnbrokers and Corfu?
Well, in St Chrysostom’s parish we don’t have many sailors or shoe shiners, but we do have lots of children.
Today, St Nicholas’ day, I thought it would be good to focus some ministry on children. I visited each of the classes of St Chrysostom’s School, and was made very welcome by children and staff. I saw Christmas decorations being made, heard part of a story in the nursery, learned the Kurdish word for ‘Welcome,’ watched part of a DVD on accidents, and had a pirate song sung to me .
Holy Nicholas, pray for the children of our schools.
I then went to visit Winnie, whose child, Keith, was cruelly murdered many years ago and whose grave has not been found.
Holy Nicholas, pray that our children may be safe.
This afternoon, as a treat for St Nicholas’ Day, we had pizza and activities for a group of children at Church. And Santa visited 🙂 There was joy and laughter in church. (And we wondered how many reindeer Santa’s sleigh has).
Holy Nicholas, pray for our Church that it may always welcome children and delight in the wonder and joy they bring to us.
Then Santa went by car from Church! Sister Catherine drove him and Penny through snow and ice to a Romanian family’s house. St Nicholas day is a very special holiday in Romania – gifts are given to the children and to the poor. Santa gave gifts to the children and shared in their special day.
Holy Nicholas, pray for people of Eastern Europe who seek a new life in England.
Later that evening, as I delivered Christmas cards in an area of the parish mainly occupied by single people and students I thought what a precious gift children are to our area. So I hope that in future years St Nicholas will be honoured and celebrated here.
Holy Nicholas, pray for us.