As Christmas rapidly approaches, we often find it difficult to stop and reflect on it's true meaning.
In the prayer space in our Chapel we have had a wonderful reflection created by Gill Morgan using words by Jenny Bridgeman from her blog 'Out of the Chancel'.
It has been a great resource for people coming through the house during this Advent season, and we would like to share some of it with you:
The Annunciation: A meditation on partnering with God
She could have said no, you know.
Even as the angel told her what would be, Mary still had a choice.
The angel waited for her response.
God sought Mary’s yes.
He wanted her permission, her assent.
Mary could not have done this alone.
But neither could God.
Nothing will be impossible with God, says the angel.
And nothing would have been possible without Mary.
Mary needed God.
God needed Mary.
heralded an alliance of Heaven and Earth.
A union so perfect, so complete, so potent, that it would set the world alight.
And so as Mary cradled that embryo – then foetus – then baby, with her body, so God himself cradled Mary.
She became overshadowed by the Most High: held, protected, empowered.
The full reflection can be found here
As we look back with thanks and look forward in faith, we hope and pray that you will have the opportunity to stop in this season and re-visit the message of Christmas.
A part of our growing vision is that Foxhill becomes a place of encounter, discovery and transformation for all those who visit.
Our programme of events for 2018 sees the return of the popular Stop, Look and Listen Days, held on the second Monday of each month along with a range of residential retreats held throughout the year for those with more time to spare.
The full programme, along with details of how to book can be found here.
We look forward to welcoming you to Foxhill House in 2018.
We began 2017 in our newly relocated office and reception area in the centre of the house, helping us to greet visitors with a warm welcome, and ensure Christian Hospitality is at the core of all that we are and do.
In the past year, with valuable assistance from the Friends of Foxhill, we have refurnished the Sitting Room and the Garden Room (formerly the Library) to become more comfortable and welcoming spaces. The bedrooms in the Chapel Wing and the Halfpenny Suite have been redecorated to be given a modern, yet homely touch and behind the scenes, the servery area has been brought up to date. We continue to see bookings increase, and are encouraged with the positive feedback we receive.
We begin 2018 with the re-visioning of the Friends of Foxhill.
On the 7th of January at 2.30pm we will be gathering for an Epiphany Carol Service to remember the past work of the Friends, whilst celebrating their future as a community who will continue to support and pray for the ministry of Foxhill. The service will see the commissioning of Andrew Rudd as the new Chair of the Friends Group.
(If you would like to be a member of the Friends group please contact us for an application form)
Light refreshments will follow after the service. All are welcome - please R.S.V.P by 3rd January.
From all of the team, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all of your support over the past year, and for being a part of all that Foxhill aims to be.
May the peace and blessings of Christmas be yours; And may the coming year be filled with happiness.