We often think about Advent as being a time of waiting, a time of preparation for Christmas. Six years ago Gwen and I were waiting for our first baby, due, just before Christmas. However, it was not just the waiting time people kept talking to us about but that the baby would bring a big change in our lives. We had no doubt that this was true, but it was only when Lydia was born that we really learned how much a baby really does change lives.
As I reflect on the Christmas story, I realise that in the story of Jesus’ humble birth, even though it was over 2000 years ago, we have a common human experience of bringing a new precious life into the world and the life-changing transformation it brings into a family. When Zechariah was told by the angel that his life was about to change dramatically because his wife Elizabeth would give birth to a son, he was disbelieving - with good reason, as the couple were beyond normal child bearing age and Elizabeth had not had any children. When Mary received the angel’s message that she would give birth to a baby boy she had some reservations but, reassured by the angel, she responded “let it happen to me as you have said”. Joseph, being betrothed to Mary also needed the reassurance of an angel to accept the good news.
The Christmas story, continues to be a life-changing and world changing story. Our history and the world today is shaped by Jesus in so many ways. His life and preaching continues to challenge our human tendency towards selfishness. Jesus invites us to take part in God’s greater plan for the world – that all can know his love, peace and assurance in their lives. Change brings challenges as it takes us into new places, but if we are open to it we become better people for allowing the change to shape us. As you Celebrate and reflect on another Christmas, think about the changes in your life and pray for those facing difficult challenges in the world around us.
All are warmly invited to our various Services over Advent and Christmas, bring a friend who may be on their own.
Wishing you a Christmas full of love, joy and peace.
Rev. Michael Grimsley and Gwen, Lydia and Joanna
(Minister Hadfield Methodist Church - 01457 852422 - Day off: Mondays)
|Thursday Thought coffee|
|7||Jose and Dorothy|
|21||Gweneth and Ken|
|28||No Thursday Thought|
Dates for your Diary
|Fri 1st||Film, “Goodbye Christopher Robin” Central 7pm|
|Sun 3rd||Gift Service 10.30am. For Women’s Refuge in Glossop. Please bring gifts for children or mothers.|
|Tues 5th||Adult Cell Group 7:45pm in the cellar – Advent reflections. All welcome|
|Sun 10th||Circuit Advent Praise Service. Hollingworth 6pm|
|Tues 12th||Adult Cell Group 7:45pm in the cellar – Advent reflections. All welcome|
|Wed 13th||Drop in Lunch for the Over 55s 12 noon to 1.30pm.|
|Wed 13th||Carol Service at Willow Bank Home. All Welcome 2.30pm|
|13 - 17||Christmas Tree Festival at Central.|
|Sun 17th||Action For Children Carol Service. 2.30pm - NB no morning service on Sunday 17th|
|Tues 19th||Adult Cell Group 7:45pm in the cellar – Advent reflections. All welcome|
|Sun 24h||Carol Service 10.30am|
|Mon 25th||Christmas day Service 10.30am|
|Wed 3rd||Service at Willow Bank Home 2.30pm All Welcome|
|Fri 5th||Film at Central 7pm|
|Sun 7th||Covenant Service. 10.30am|
|Thu 1st||Church Stewards Meeting 9 Kiln Lane 7.45pm|
|Fri 2nd||Film at Central 7pm|
|Sun 4th||Taize Service, Hadfield 6.15pm|
|Every week:||*Term time only|
|Sunday:||10.30 am Morning Service & Sunday School|
|Monday:||10am – 12 noon Feeding Together Drop-in session. Information and support regarding infant feeding and time to meet other parents. (Not Bank Holidays)|
|Tuesday:||6.30-9pm. Table Tennis|
|Wednesday:||6-7.30pm Rainbow Brownies*|
|Thursday:||9.30-10am Thursday Thought, Coffee 10-11am|
|Friday:||1.15-3pm Toddler Group
6.45-8pm Youth Station - Youth Club for 8-13s*