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We are nearing the end of the Church’s year (this year 20th November), and we finish with a great celebration: the last Sunday of the year is called “Christ the King”. It brings to a fitting conclusion the full cycle, which started with the earnest looking forward to the One long awaited, who would be the King of kings. Through the seasons we have followed his life, death, resurrection and ascension into heaven in glory. And we finish by celebrating and acknowledging that this King who came (Jesus), is also the one who is to come again, and is the King before whom every knee will bow.

Meanwhile, as we wait for the fulfillment of these things, we live in expectation, as Christ’s body, the church – part of that ongoing and growing group of people, past and present, who have acknowledged Jesus as Lord and Saviour.

At the Annual Church Meeting earlier in the year, our attention was drawn to the precarious state of our church finances. The situation has improved only a little since.

One of the functions of the church is to reach out to those around us. Indeed, it has been said that the church exists primarily for the benefit of its non-members. Whilst many initiatives may not not need a lot of cash, we still need some money which can be used for reaching our neighbours. Given our current situation, how can we make that provision?

The year moves on – sometimes faster than we realise or care to admit. With Easter being early this year, Lent starts soon. Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent, will be on 10th February. As usual, we will mark the occasion with a service of Holy Communion (at 19:00) which will include the traditional act of the imposition of ashes as a sign of our penitence.

Lent is often the time for some extra personal prayer and Bible study, perhaps accompanied by fasting, to prepare our hearts and minds for the annual remembrance of Jesus's suffering and death,

Introducing Peter and Christine Knight!

Peter and Christine Knight have been looking forward to arriving in Tunis and being part of St Georges Church for a year or so. Until recently they have been serving in five parishes in the Norwich Diocese in the east of England. The past few months have been busy, packing up and making all the arrangements for the move, while also continuing ministry in the parishes and involvement in the life of the diocese.

Consider, my beloved, how the All-holy Spirit filled the entire house where the divine Apostles were sitting and praying when the Holy Spirit descended into the upper room in the form of fiery tongues like a violent wind and thunder (Acts 2:2); and how the Holy Spirit made the house into something like a baptismal font, as Gregory of Thessaloniki says, in order to baptize the Apostles with His divine grace,

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