Christmas News

Fellowship Christmas Party

Party lettering with words A Party for Jesus
Our Christmas party is one of those “looked forward to events” in our church calendar and this one was no exception.

With a couple of hundred people (half of them children) thronging the church the atmosphere was fabulous. The chairs were pushed to the sides allowing a large space for traditional games such as Chinese laundry, musical statues, musical chairs, pass the balloon and more. What is impressive is how many adults get involved in what are really children’s games; we even had Richard running round playing musical chairs. After a massive game of pass the parcel, featuring four parcels and everyone in the church grace was said and we all trooped through to the hall for tea.

HappyChristmas_ChildrenWithCakeWhat always amazes me about bring and share meals is how it always seems to work out. Other than Brigade B&S meals where the food is predominantly cake the balance of savoury to sweet healthy to distinctly unhealthy (if you’ve ever tried David’s banofee pie, sadly missing this time) is pretty good and everyone always has plenty.

Once the food was gone and everyone replete we all returned to the church where the atmosphere had changed. The lights were down except for the spot lit platform at the front in preparation for a very important visitor. Steve, our minister, gave a short talk about the real meaning of Christmas and led us in some carols. Then, just when the children were beginning to wonder there was a knock on the main church door. In came Father Christmas all decked out in red with a big sack on his shoulder. All the children were given a present from the youngest at just a few weeks to the oldest, well you wouldn’t know they were still eligible to look at some of them.

The afternoon ended there with a lot of happy children, parents, grandparents, BUILD members and others.
Here’s looking forward to next year!
Merry Christmas

Steve’s Christmas Message

Photograph of Steve ChristianWhen I do my Christmas shopping every present is carefully chosen. There has to be planning in buying the presents so that they are wanted and each person gets the right gift. After all no one wants to buy something that will sit in a cupboard for 12 months or more waiting to be brought out, wrapped and given to someone else so that they too can just put it in a cupboard!

This Christmas our Advent series SENT is a reminder to us that the bigger picture of the Christmas story is that Jesus is God’s perfect gift to us, sent to save us and restore us to Himself.

It is my hope that through this Advent season we will explore deeper together why God sent Jesus and also through discussion ground deeper into our own lives and experience just what God has done for us. So during some of our Advent mornings, please be prepared, as I speak, to stop and to talk together, to share together, to listen and to learn from one another so that Christ may not just be put into the box of Sunday morning and God’s gift to us is not just wrapped up for Christmas, but instead enjoyed, appreciated and lived out in our lives all year round.

We wish you a very happy and peaceful Christmas.

With love in Christ,

Steve, Maxine, Katie and Daniel