hosted by the Christian Education and Youth Advisory Teams
What do we wait for? Our hope is in God. Today we share a sacred meal uniting us with the church and her saints of all times and places. All are welcome all to share communion irrespective of denomination or age.
Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight! Experience the joy of Christmas through the eyes of our younger friends. A special visitor is expected to join us following a pot luck lunch for all. Come and celebrate!
Special music from the choir; the words of the Christmas Story from the King James Bible and the opportunity to sing some of our favourite carols will shape this service.
Experience the peace that comes from stillness and silence after the hectic rush of preparations. This service can be a time of comfort and consolation for folk who have experienced a bereavement, break-up or unemployment this year. Even though you may not feel jolly or merry, allow music, word and liturgy to comfort you and surround you with God’s love. The ministers of our community churches come together to lead this special service. Light refreshments (kindly donated by Marshall’s Funeral Home) will be served following the service.
For God so loved the world….that. Let us count all the ways that God’s love came down at Christmas. Students and other family from out of town may be “home for the holidays”. Make this Sunday a time for the entire family to get together.
Tonight we light the Christ Candle and meditate together on how the world is different because “God is with us”. Candles will illuminate the chancel as glowing faces reflect God’s love come down at Christmas. Through Carols and Communion God draws close to us on this Holy Night.
In some countries this day is referred to as “Old Year’s Night”. Scots call it “Hogmanay” (nobody really knows what that means!) Make this a time to let bygones be bygones – forgive yourself and others and pledge to make this the year when you let God into your life.
We remember the “other” Christmas story – the Wise Men or Magi come to Bethlehem – and the world joins in to welcome Emmanuel – God with us! We’ll be singing favourite Wise Men carols – and of course “Good King Wenceslas” – after all this is the closest Sunday to the “Feast of Stephen”. Happy New Year!