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Welcome
Please Join us this Christmas

as we celebrate Christ’s birth

Carol Singing at Asda

Thursday 8 December, 7.00 pm

Details below...

Nativity

Sunday 18 December 2016, 10.30 am

Telling the story of Jesus’ birth

A service for all ages

Children and youth taking part

Carols by Candlelight

Sunday 18 December 2016, 4.30 pm

Carols and Bible readings

Mince pies, tea & coffee after the service

This is our most popular Christmas event. If you can make it to only one service - this is it!

Christmas Day

Sunday 25 December, 10.00 am

Celebrate the coming of Emmanuel - ‘God with us’

Suitable for all ages

Carol Singing at Asda

Thursday 8 December, 7.00 pm

picture of Salvation Army Band playing carols at Asda

For the past few years we have joined with the Salvation Army Band and members from the Church of Christ the King Church to sing carols in the entrance to Asda.

Refreshments afterwards at the Church of Christ the King (next to Asda).

What’s Christmas all about?

A survey conducted for the Bible Society reveals that most people confuse Bible Nativity with traditional misconceptions. 90% answered that there were three Wise Men - however, the Bible does not say how many (trick question, as there were three gifts. Some Christmas carols get it wrong!).

Find out more

Explore the following web sites to find out more about the birth of Jesus:

Jesus: born in a cave

Five short pieces, following the main characters of the story: www.rejesus.co.uk . This site also has a lot of other material, including a pub quiz.

Why Christmas? com

Loads of information, from the original records in the Bible to present day customs around the world. www.whychristmas.com

Why Christmas? com

"There was no room for them in the inn." This BeThinking.org article takes another look at this, and how our English traditions and culture misunderstand what really happened.

What the Bible says

Some of the passages in the Bible describing the events:

(links to BibleGateway.com, the on-line Bible)

open Bible

Angel foretells Jesus' birth

Luke 1:26-38

Birth of Jesus

Matthew 1:18-25

Luke 2:1-7

Shepherds visit the baby Jesus

Luke 2:8-20

Visit of the Wise Men

Matthew 2:1-12

Escape to Egypt

Matthew 2:13-18

The Bible

For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)

Why a Candlelight Service?

No one really knows how candles came to be associated with Christmas.

But in the Bible, Jesus is often compared with light, giving us spiritual illumination. The Gospel of John starts by describing Jesus as a light shining in the darkness:

In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.

John 1:4-5 (NIV)

Later on in the Gospel of John, Jesus said that he was the light:

“I am the light of the World. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

John 8:12 (NIV)

Are you walking your life in the light of Jesus?

updated 27 December 2016