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“the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness” Luke 1:79
Christmas is a great time to share the news that God’s light has shone into the world.
Each year we have the opportunity to present this wonderful message at our local schools through our SRE Christmas assemblies.
Our wonderful teachers put on a spectacular performance – Professor Von Val returned along with the time machine from our last Real Kids day. With Rhonda as the side kick, we travelled back in time to meet the shepherds and discover that the birth of Jesus is what Christmas is really about. We sang and danced along to our favourite Christmas songs, led by some of our keener students.
We put a lot of effort into these assemblies because we want the children to build good memories of Christmas – memories that have Jesus in the middle.
A new initiative this year was our Christmas celebration lunch for the Mobile Community Pantry. It is amazing how a sense of community has grown in this group and we were excited to see so many people turn up!
With such a generous lunch provided by our volunteers it was a witness to the love and generosity of our God. But this kind of witness can only go so far unless the Word about our generous God is shared.
To that end we had a Christmas talk by Andy Peters. It was a fantastic talk – he spoke courageously and sensitively to this packed room of visitors, clearly explaining the invite that God extends to us to join his family through Jesus.
Each of us will have opportunities this Christmas to invite people to see God’s great light in Jesus. I pray we can all be both sensitive and bold enough to take the chance.
This Sunday, Simon will be bringing us a one-off topic titled “The Song of Zechariah”, speaking from Luke chapter 1 verses 67 to 80.
During both our 10am and 5pm services, we will have a special book review from one of our church members, with perhaps a good Christmas gift idea or two.
Our Kids’ Club and Andy’s Club meets at our 5pm evening service for their program, followed by a great dinner together for the whole family. This will be the final week, and the programs will return in 2019!
If you’ve never come along before, then this Sunday is a great time to drop in. You can also watch us live (or look at some past church services) at www.oakflats.tv.
See you at 10am or 5pm this Sunday, God willing!