Dear brothers and sisters,
‘And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Saviour of the world.’ 1 John 4:14
The world is in such a mess right now. It seems to me that there’s a greater awareness of how the world just isn’t right. Despite the hope of vaccines we are all much more aware of the fragility of life. Salvation is a big New Testament word and on one level tells us that God will one day make all things new. It promises nothing less than a new creation, a new world, under the gentle rule of the Lord Jesus. On another level, salvation speaks of the need to believe and receive the Lord Jesus as your personal Saviour, the one who offers us forgiveness of sins. It’s only through Him that we can enter and experience the world to come, the new creation. John had ‘seen’ the Lord Jesus and could ‘testify that the Father has sent his Son’ to save. We too are called to ‘testify’ to what we have ‘seen‘ by faith. Please can I encourage us to do this, to testify, to invite, to speak and to pray for our friends and neighbours that they too may come to know ‘the Saviour of the world’ this Christmas.
SATURDAY / WEDNESDAY / THURSDAY
Christingle services, some places still available. Please visit the church website and book your place.
9:15 & 11:15am – All Age Nativity service (virtual refreshments follow the 9:15 service) click here: Virtual Refreshments
4pm Blue Christmas – an in-person service of comfort and hope.
6pm – Virtual Carol Service online at St John’s YouTube channel from 6pm (followed by virtual refreshments at 7pm – have your mince pies and mulled wine ready, click here: Virtual Refreshments)
Midnight Communion at 11:30pm, traditional service to welcome Christmas day.
9:15 & 10:45 – All Age Celebration, in-person services.
Online pre-recorded version also available from 10am via the St John’s YouTube channel.
SUNDAY 27th December
10am online morning service only, available on St John’s YouTube channel.
CHRISTMAS GOODIE BAGS
We have some extra over-sixties goodie bags available. If you know someone who would like one, please let Sue Redford know and she will arrange delivery.
I am sorry to inform you that there will not be a Christmas card table in church this year for Covid-19 reasons.
The church building will be closed between Christmas and New Year, but if you require urgent assistance, please email the Pastoral Hub at email@example.com and we should be able to help you. You can also leave a message on the church answer phone as it will be checked regularly. One exception is that the church office will be open on 30th December, 10am to 1pm.
In all the busyness and complications we are experiencing, I pray that we will keep our Lord and Saviour front and centre this Christmas – seeking to testify to Him.
Every blessing, Eddie