We start our correspondence page with Christmas greetings which did not arrive in time for our December Outlook!
Please pass on our Christmas greetings to all our friends in Hitchin:
"He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High…
His kingdom will never end"
May you all know the peace of the Son of the Most High at this Christmas time and His blessings throughout 2020.
Christmasko subhakamana! (Christmas greetings!) With our love and thanks for all your support.
Alan and Megan Barker, Nepal.
Another letter referring to Christmas from a Trustee for Helping Herts Homeless:
Can I thank you all, on behalf of the trustees, for the marvellous amount of £509.53 collected for the Charity at your Service on the 30th November. We will ensure that this money is used to make the Christmas Period that little bit better for the residents and clients of the organisations that we support.
Marion Woodbridge received a letter at Christmas from Jenny Buzza who lived in Hitchin and came to Tilehouse Street 34 years ago. She came on a teacher exchange from Australia and we have stayed in touch ever since. Jenny receives an Outlook every month so news travels to her in Perth. Also, I (Gill Mayes) received Christmas greetings from Linda (nee Shelford) who used to come to Tilehouse Street as a teenage some fifty years ago, was a member of the Sunday morning Fellowship and the Girls' Brigade and now, with her husband, lives near Felixstowe. Very interestingly, she wrote to tell me her niece now attends T.H.S. who happens to be Robyn Shelford-Clarke who was married at T.H.S. and frequently joins us for worship on a Sunday morning. It's a small world!
To Rev. Jane and all, To you all,
Thank you very much for the voucher. It was a lovely surprise and I am sure I will be using it shortly!
Thank you so much for th Gift Voucher that I received at Christmas.
Ken and I would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support following Ken's stroke in October. Considering very few of you know Ken, this has made your support even more special.
Without the care and love of everyone at Tilehouse St. Church the last few months would have been unbearable.
I, especially, have appreciated your concern and also the flowers and biscuits.
Thank you all for the cards from Tilehouse Street friends after my "accident" and now Christmas cards. It was a really lovely surprise to have the lovely box of shortbread biscuits too.
Good wishes and a happy 2020. With love,
Barry, Carol and I would like to express our heartfelt thanks for all the prayers, cards, flowers and messages that we have received over the last couple of weeks since Ken died.
Also, the number of church friends who made the effort to come to the Thanksgiving Service was much appreciated and helped to encourage and lift us all.
It has not been an easy couple of weeks but we have felt real support from our church family. Special thanks to Jane whose service was a real blessing and kept us from feeling too overwhelmed by the occasion. I find it difficult to understand sometimes how people cope if they don't have the support that we received.
May God bless you all ... and keep up the good work!