Dear brothers and sisters,
As Noddy Holder would say; ‘It’s Christmaaaaaaaaaas!’ This year we reduced the number of events and services and kicked off with a Lessons & Carols morning service then our Christmas Carol Concert, which I am pleased to say was very well attended. This was a real encouragement to me and to all of those who took part. It was amazing to see the little ones from our Kingdom Kids up on the stage singing and dancing. They were wonderful! So wonderful, in fact, that I am really looking forward to the nativity service they are taking part in this coming Sunday morning. I hope you can be there.
On Christmas Eve we will have our Family Christingle Service at the slightly later time of 7pm in the hope that more families will be able to attend. This is followed at 11.30pm by our Watchnight Service (come at 11pm to sing your favourite carols) and then on Christmas Day we have our Family Service at 11am. Something for everyone we hope.
On Christmas Day too we are having a meal in the church hall from 1pm for anyone who would like to spend Christmas Day in the company of others rather than at home – be it single people, couples or whole families. Let us know ASAP for catering purposes if you fancy coming along (my mobile number is below.)
The two Sundays after Christmas, following on from the successful summer services, we will be having united services with Wishaw Old. (See Upcoming Events on next page.) Both services will start at 11am.
In the New Year we will be introducing a regular Sunday evening service where we will have more in-depth study of the scriptures beginning with a series on Paul’s letter to the church in Rome which will take us up to the summer! These services will begin on 12th January and start at 6pm. We will also be introducing a mid-week half-hour evening service from February and a Prayer Labyrinth at Lent (which we hope will become a regular feature within the spiritual life of the church) – so look out for information on these early in the New Year.
A thrilling venture that is being planned is to study together the Alpha Course material in the morning services from mid-January, alternating between videos and talks delivered by me. There will be a small panel of people at each service willing to answer any questions and an opportunity after the service for anyone who wants to chat some more. This will set us all up well for launching the Alpha Course as an integral part of our evangelism programme later in the year. However you can still invite people to these services and information leaflets and invitations will be available in the weeks before we begin.
Add to that the change in day for the Filling Station, which will now happen at 7pm on the last Wednesday of each month at the same venue, the Aroma Café (the owners of which are looking to open late on Thursday/Friday/Saturdays) and you will see we have an exciting time ahead. It is my sincere hope that you will all embrace these opportunities to share our faith and grow our church.
Have a blessed Christmas and New Year.
Your brother in Christ,
’For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and for ever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.’ (Isaiah 9:6-7)