December and the Kings Langley Christmas Lights are on!
The High Street was packed on Saturday 26 November for the grand switching on of the village Christmas Lights; and Christ Church Baptist building was packed too. Was it the free coffee, tea, hot chocolate and warm mince pies* that drew people? For some it was a chance to warm up and sit down. For some a chance for the children to spend 20 minutes or so engaged in some free Christmas craft.
We welcome many people into our building every week whether it is for coffee and cake in our bookshop, the toddler group, one of our three youth clubs or a Sunday service. Yet in a way all of that is a bit like the wrapping on a Christmas present. It’s fun, it is done with care yet the real gift is beneath the wrapping.
There will be special services at all the village churches this Christmas and you would be welcome at any of them. Traditional carols, candles and readings, (and more mince pies), are part of the wrapping and decorations of Christmas. At its heart though is that real gift of Christmas which is ‘God with us’.
“A virgin will have a baby boy, and he will be called Immanuel,” which means “God is with us.”
The Gospel according to Matthew Chapter 1 verse 23
The idea that God is with us may seem at once too good to be true, laughable, wonderful, childish, cruel, moving, comforting...
The belief that God is with us is at the centre of all we do at Christ Church. Not just that he is with us at Christ Church but that he is with us in the world. The Christmas story is that God came to us in a tiny town in a Roman backwater and in a stable! He wants to be with us today whoever and wherever we are. Get into Christmas in a new way this year, a deeper way, at Christ Church, or another Christian church, come and discover what is beneath the wrapping, the tinsel and baubles.
*The refreshments were free but some people insisted on donating cash – about £115 - which will go to our charities of the year.
Celebrate, worship and explore the story of Christmas at any of these special services.
Christian Aid Prayers:
Please do pray for the carol singing this year. We are really excited to have some children from Nash Mills School joining with us on Friday 9th December at Sainsbury’s Apsley. Please do pray for all those involved in organising this and especially for the children who will be joining us. On 17th December we will be in the High Street in Kings Langley where we will be joined by some friends from TIK. These partnership opportunities are great but they also bring their challenges! Please pray for all of these.
Friday 9th December: 10:00 to 12:15, Sainsbury’s Apsley. We will be joined by children from Nash Mills School for part of this.
Saturday 17th December: 10.00 to 11.00, Kings Langley High Street, outside the old sorting office. We will be joined by some friends from TIK for this and be part of their market. Afterwards we will adjourn to the Bookshop for coffee and mince pies!
Read the November 2016 Campaign Update from our Christian Aid Committee.
The Kings Langley Christian Aid Annual Report for 2015 is available for download.