The festive season is here! For some of us this is exciting and wonderful, for some it is hard, lonely, exhausting.
But however you are feeling this Christmas, we would love to share the hope and joy of Christmas with you. There is celebration here for the excited: the true heart of the magic of Christmas time. And there is healing here for the wounded, the hope that Christmas gives us: things will not always be broken. For those feeling worn out, we remember the birth of the one who brings rest to the weary.
Our Christmas services include a carols service this weekend, and a number of different services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. At all of them we will hear and sing of the real story of Christmas – the divine story of the God who did not leave us alone, but came to us.
All the service details are here – and please know, you are very, very welcome to join us.
Do you want to grow in the new year?
As we approach the end of 2022, a new year lies before us. With everything going on at the end of the year it is hard to think of what lies before us. But I am confident of one thing – we want to grow next year. We don’t want to stagnate, we want to grow.
One of the most effective ways for Christians to grow is in close fellowship with others, and one of the most important ways in our church that this happens is our Growth Groups. If you are a part of our church, and you have not already, I hope you will consider joining one of our groups in 2023. They give us unique, consistent chances to build relationships, dig into Scripture in an interactive way, and pray for one another.
It is a big commitment though! We are busy! And yet, important things are worth making time for. It is so easy to take our Christian community for granted. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who, living in Germany in the 1930s, knew how easily our freedom to gather could be taken away, reminds us of the value of it:
It is easily forgotten that the fellowship of Christian brethren is a gift of grace, a gift of the Kingdom of God that any day may be taken from us…[i]t is grace, nothing but grace, that we are allowed to live in community with Christian brethren.Life Together
If you are keen to be involved in a Growth Groups, or you want to know more, please be in touch!