November's Messy Church has been and gone. It was lovely to see so many of you and once again to enjoy some great craft activities, a fun time of celebration and a delicious meal.
Now November drawing to a close and Sunday 1 December is the start of Advent - a period of preparation for Christmas. Often that means frantic activity, late-night shopping and parting with large sums of money. However Advent was originally meant to be a time when we could prepare to welcome and receive Jesus and the message of his birth - God with us. That sometimes gets lost in the busyness... a definite case of throwing the baby out with the bath-water... or wrapping paper!
One way of doing a different kind of preparation might be to make a positive choice to shop less, consume less and stress less... and give more in terms of time, energy and attention to those we love. Another way would be to spend a little more time on what lies at the heart of Christmas.
Come along to our Messy Church Christmas Special on Sunday 15 December, 4-6pm - there will be some Christmas craft, songs, our own gospel choir, a re-telling of the Christmas story for us all to join in, some games and as always some lovely food.
There will also be a Family Carol Service on Christmas Eve at 4pm. This is always a popular event (so you need to be early to get a seat) and a lovely way of beginning the Christmas season with a focus on the things that really matter.
We hope to see you soon.