You can imagine the scene. Special guests are to arrive to stay in a few days’ time. The excitement is building, however, clearing up the house, as well as preparing all the food and presents that make Christmas special can make it a frenetic time. The arrival of guests is usually greatly anticipated at any time. If it’s in the lead up to Christmas it seems even busier. I can imagine a number of you reading our Christmas edition of this Newsletter will be making these preparations in the coming weeks or can remember the sense of anticipation in the past. Of course, it is also special if you are the honoured guest and people are preparing to host you.
A dictionary definition of Advent; ‘is the coming or arrival of something or someone that is important or worthy of note.’ As we await Christmas, when we celebrate the arrival of Jesus, as a baby into our world, we should have a deep sense of excitement as we prepare to remember his coming to earth. Jesus’ life and death and resurrection were to change the course of human history. It is great that we give and receive cards and presents, and prepare for guests arriving. But, our most important preparation during in Advent should come in our hearts. How to prepare our hearts spiritually to welcome Jesus at Christmas. We have to be careful that we do not get so caught up in what is going on in the world around us and our preparations. There are so many adverts encouraging us to spend our money. When actually it is the time with friends and family that make Christmas special. Don’t let this time become a time of stress rather than rejoicing.
I share these thoughts at a time when we live in great uncertainty as the country tries to work out what Brexit means in reality with all the complexities of the negotiations. This process has affected our economy, business and social confidence. Our media also paints a bleak picture of our world; from environmental issues, political uprisings and on-going war. Christmas should be a time of bringing light to the darkness of our world, hope for those in despair. 2000 years ago Jesus came into a dark and dreary world, ruled by oppressive Roman governments, amongst peasants who struggled to survive. Jesus brought them a message of hope and reminded them, and us, that life can be different, that God’s Kingdom offers light and warmth as an antidote to our human condition. That love can overcome hate. That peace can quench anger. That he brings hope for the despairing.
At our Carol service this Christmas we celebrate together. The more the merrier, so why not invite family and friends from around the community as we celebrate together. As we sing our Carols and retell the Christmas story, we can also share how our love and care is making a difference and bringing hope to our world. This Advent, take time to prepare yourself and make Christmas special.
Love, joy, peace and hope to your all this Christmas.
Rev. Mike Grimsley
Our Action for Children Carol Service with Guest speaker is at 2:30pm on 16th December and main Carol Service is on 23rd December at 10:30am
This month we especially remember the congregation at Zion Church as they prepare to move on in January.
We also pray for the residents and staff at the Women’s Refuge in Glossop and those who find themselves homeless and alone at this time of year.
We pray for the family and friends of the mother and son who drowned in Valehouse reservoir recently.
|Thursday Thought coffee|
|6||Jose and Dorothy|
|20||Gweneth and Ken|
|3||Jose and Dorothy|
|17||Gweneth and Ken|
|24||Jose and Dorothy|
|7||Gweneth and Ken|
Don’t miss out on things you would like to go to:
Please ask if you would like a lift to any event. Those of us who drive are more than happy to help, and would welcome your company.
Dates for your Diary
|Sun 2nd||Gift Service - Gifts for Glossop Women’s Refuge|
|Mon 3rd||Cell Group – Advent Testimony (part 4) 7:45pm
(venue: church cellar)
|Wed 5th||Service at Willowbank Home. All Welcome 2:30pm|
|Sat 8th||Soup and Sandwich drop in at Zion Church 11:30am to 1:30pm|
|Mon 10th||Cell Group – Advent Testimony (part 5) 7:45pm
(venue: church cellar)
|Wed 12th||Drop in Lunch for the Over 55s 12:00 noon -1:30pm|
No Morning Service at this Church
|Mon 17th||Cell Group – Advent Testimony (part 6) 7:45pm
(venue: church cellar)
|Thu 20th||Thursday Thought, Coffee and Carols|
|Sun 23rd||Carol Service 10:30am our church
Carol Service 2:30pm at Zion
|Tue 25th||Christmas Day Service 10:30am|
|Sun 30th||Closing Service and Faith Lunch at Zion Church 10:45am|
|Sun 6th||Covenant Service 10:30am|
|Mon 3rd||Service at Willowbank Home. All Welcome 2.30pm|
|Wed 5th||Drop in Lunch for the Over 55s 12:00 noon -1:30pm|
|Every week:||*Term time only|
|Sunday:||10.30 am Morning Service & Sunday School|
|Monday:||10.00am – 12.00 noon Feeding Together Drop-in session. Information and support regarding infant feeding and time to meet other parents. (Not Bank Holidays)|
|Tuesday:||6.30-9.00pm. Table Tennis|
|Wednesday:||6-7.30pm Rainbow Brownies*|
|Thursday:||9.30-10.00am Thursday Thought, followed by Coffee 10.00-11.00am|
|Friday:||1.15-3.00pm Toddler Group
6.45-8.00pm Youth Station - Youth Club for 8-13s*