Wednesday, 16 December 2015

An exciting Sunday

St Pauls Church was packed with over 160 people at the All Age service last Sunday morning. It was a busy service with a lot going on. It was not just all age in the congregation, but all age in the music group as well.

We had the great joy of welcoming the Jones family, with their friends, for the baptism of Freya. As her parents have taken this step of faith for her, we pray that Freya may grow in a knowledge and love of Christ.

Our curate, Gillian Gamble, spoke of the giving of presents in general – a feature of life at Christmas time – with lots of interaction with the congregation (particularly the younger members) about their favourite presents. But she also spoke about Jesus, the baby at Bethlehem, as the greatest gift of all. But Jesus was not given just as a gift for Christmas; he wants to know our love, and to give us his love, all through the year.

This was also a gift service, when the congregation brought up toys they had bought specially as presents for children in refuges and homeless hostels. Gift were also brought up to be used by the Welcome Project as gifts for asylum seekers.

This was the first of the Sunday services relating especially to Christmas. We continue next Sunday at 7.0 pm with our Carols by Candlelight Service. Everyone is very welcome.