You are warmly invited to share in one or two Worship: Leading & Preaching – ExploreSessions to be held at Northstead Methodist Church on Saturday 12th January. These are an essential part of our Preachers in Training course and we welcome your support.
The subjects under discussion will be:
10:00 am – 11:30 am
Either ‘Encountering God – Focus on Discernment’ facilitated by Rev Christine Hey
Or ‘Christian Living – Ethical issues’ facilitated by Rev Emma Morgan
11:45 am – 1:15 pm
‘Focus on Preaching- How cultural and social settings affect the manner in which we preach and worship.’ facilitated by Diane Robinson
Christmas is a wonderful time of the year and I love it!
I love Christmas, I always have and I guess I always will.
The decorations, the presents; giving and receiving, yes, socks as well, I don’t really mind as long as they are colourful and comical.
Oh yes, the food and the drink, I love my Christmas dinner.
And Jesus! I mustn’t forget Jesus, sadly many people do.
I’m not talking about the baby Jesus, rather I am talking about The Lord Jesus, the greatest gift that this world has ever received.
Jesus is God’s gift to the world and Jesus is the reason for the season. The heart of the Christmas message is ‘God is with us’.
This Christmas, in the midst of all the busyness make sure that Jesus is at the heart of your celebrations you won’t regret it!
A very happy, Christ centred and blessed Christmas.
The Circuit Prayers will be held on Thursday 13th December at 1:15 pm at Northstead Methodist Church. We look forward to you joining us to pray together in church. Please come into church and ‘Journey to the Stable’. Refreshments will be available.
A Cappella are holding a concert at Westborough Methodist Church on Saturday 8thDecember at 7:30 pm. The proceeds will all go to Christian Aid’s 2018 Christmas Appeal. Under the musical direction of Ralph Earwicker and with guest soloist Rev Mike Leigh, the group will be singing a varied programme of seasonal songs and carols.
The focus for the Christmas Appeal this year is ‘Peacemakers’. Peace, we know all too well, is broken every day – but it is also being built every day through the tireless work of peacemakers across the world. Funds raised will help bring peace to families affected by violence and conflict all over the world. For example, by supporting the work of Diana Abbas, a psychologist providing counselling at a children’s centre for young Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, children who are scarred by conflict in the homeland they have had to flee.
‘Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God’, Jesus told his followers. We can all be peacemakers this Christmas, locally in our community and family, and globally by supporting the Christmas Appeal.
Entry to the concert is by ticket (phone Chris Garforth 01723 882159) or donation at the door (suggested minimum £5).
Chris Garforth, Chair, Scarborough Christian Aid Group.