Notices 13th January 2019

Louise,

Church Meeting

The first Church Meeting of the year will take place on Monday 21st January 2019 at 8pm.  Agenda and previous minutes available next Sunday.

Baptismal Services

We will be having two baptisms on 27th January at Priory Street…Tom Price at the 9:15am and Adrianna Hurley at the 11:15am service.  If you feel you would like to be baptised, or have any questions about this, please speak to Eddie Larkman or one of the church leaders.

Men’s Bible Study

Men’s bible study at 7:30pm on Tuesday 15th January “Jesus as King”.  Speak to Ian Holmes for more information. (FREE CHIPS to help fuel the evening!).

Mission News!

Steve and Gill Bryant have put out their December newsletter.  Please take a copy from the table at the back. 

A reminder that the Littles‘ blogs can be found at matthewswestafricanadventure.blogspot.com and alittleodyssey.blogspot.com as they continue serving the Lord on Africa Mercy off the coast of West Africa.

Neal and Lesley Grindrod leave for Vienna on Sunday 27th January and return on Monday 8th April. Prayer requests: 

* That God would keep them both strong and healthy as they prepare to leave for Austria

* That they will be able to ‘hit the ground running’ and be a blessing to the team and refugees

* That God will continue to use them to build up and encourage Ali and Marzia in the faith (they have begun to look to Neal and Lesley as their spiritual parents)

* That the team dynamic (relationships) will be healthy and they will fit in easily under the new leadership at Oasis

Accommodation for summer course 2019

For the last two years, CBC has hosted the WEC MK Staff Training course in July/August. It has been a great opportunity for us to help and get to know people of all ages from numerous countries, whom God has called to serve overseas. The course is scheduled to take place again, from Sunday 21st July to Thursday 1st August 2019. Some participants will only stay till Saturday 27th July. If you are able to provide accommodation (including breakfast and most evening meals) for someone for all or part of this time, please contact Steve and Gill Bryant. Thank you so much for your help.

Oasis Building Mission Trip

Martin Sheringham is leading a building team to the Oasis Centre, Traiskirchen, Vienna on 2/3rd February returning 9/10th February.  They will be remodelling a toilet to allow for wheel chair access.  Please pray for the preparations required to make this trip successful. Thank you.

NEW REQUEST:  DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY SNOW CHAINS WHICH MARTIN COULD BORROW FOR THE DRIVE TO AUSTRIA?

Clothing Donations to the Oasis Refugee Centre

Martin and the team would like to take clothing aid as they will be going in a mini-van. Oasis would like donations of clothing but they are mainly in need of new adult men’s/women’s underwear and socks.  Other warm second hand clothing – coats, hats etc would be welcome, but the greatest need is for the former.  Please bring donations to church during the week preceding the trip ie. from January 26th onwards and leave in the big box which will be in the church entrance.  Any queries, please contact Jo or Martin Sheringham.

Women’s Bible Study

This will be held on Monday 28th January at the usual time of 7:30pm.  Study notes are on the table at the back.  Please take one in advance of the meeting.

The Ark 2019

The next Ark is on Saturday 26th January 10.00am at Priory Street.  Do come along and bring your friends for craft, bible story, singing, puppets and refreshments.  Aimed at 0-7s with an accompanying adult (but all welcome!)  

Syrian Family

An opportunity has arisen to help the most vulnerable in our community from the end of January. The Blaikleys will be re-homing a Syrian refugee family, with children, from 22nd January in Katherine Park. The Vulnerable Persons’ Resettlement Officer has given authorisation to share with the congregation the need for provisions for this family in the form of becoming one of their seven volunteers who help with things like taking them to register with a GP, showing them around schools, teaching them how to use public transport etc. They would also appreciate any toys and blankets, warm clothes for adults and children (school uniform help when we know the school they are to attend especially winter coats/hats/shoes). Sarah Blaikley will be setting up a meal train for the family at the end of January but if you are able to offer any provisions, would like to volunteer in any way or would like more information so you can pray for the family, please contact sarahblaikley@gmail.com

Family service

A family service will take place at Priory Street on March 17th at 3.30pm.  The service will be fairly short and will finish with tea. Please put the date in your diary and start inviting family and friends along. We’ll also be advertising it at the Ark, mums and tots etc.  Many thanks.

…This week…

Monday: Mums’ bible study, 9:30am; Fight night; prayer for persecuted church and missions, 7:45pm

Tuesday: Men’s bible study, 7:30pm

Thursday: Toddler Group, 10am; Corsham Money and Debt Advice Centre, 7:30pm

Friday: Corsham Money and Debt Advice Centre, 9:30am

Life groups meet in and around Corsham and neighbouring towns and villages during the week.  If you would like more information on any small groups, please speak to your congregational leaders.

… Looking ahead…

18th-19th January: Leaders’ retreat

21st January: Church Meeting, 8pm

23rd January: Midweek service, 2pm

26th January: The Ark, 10am

27th January: Baptism service, 9:15am and 11:15am  service; Grindrods leave for Austria

28th January: Women’s bible study, 7:30pm

2nd February: Craft club, 10am

3rd February: Swansons visiting and preaching at Priory Street

6th February: Midweek service, 2pm

11th February: Men’s fight night

18th February: Missions and persecuted church prayer meeting, 7:45pm

20th February: Midweek service, 2pm

23rd February: The Ark, 10am

25th February: Women’s bible study, 7:30pm

1st March: Women’s World Day of Prayer (Slovenia)

2nd March: Craft Club, 10am; Bible Society Event, 7:15pm

REJOICING IN THE GLOOM

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Hannah Spruijt, contributor of today’s post

I’ll be honest, I am not a big fan of this time of the year. The endless grey dreariness gets me down, and I don’t much like going out in the cold. The bright twinkly lights of Christmas feel far in the past, despite January having only just begun! However, it struck me this week, that despite my ‘poor me’ feelings, the message of Christmas is still well and truly here if I would just focus my heart on it.
As I was reading Titus 2, verse 11 stood out to me; “For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people” (NLT). My first thought was Christmas! Jesus, our salvation bringer, revealed to us by piercing the darkness of a cold night in Bethlehem. The Christmas message that warms my heart as I ponder on it through December, is STILL there to be found in gloomy January!
We are reading through the New Testament in a year with our life group this year; one chapter a day. Yesterday whilst reading Matthew 2, verse 10 spoke to my heart. “When they (the Magi) saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy” (ESV). The Magi, who had travelled SO far and for SO long must have indeed been thrilled by the sight of the star leading them to their final destination. And yet they didn’t even know the full story that we know now… How that baby-King would one day die a cruel death on a cross, bearing the punishment of the sins of all people in order to bring them back into a right relationship with the Father God. How that baby-King would triumph over death, making the hope of eternity with him a possibility for those who would believe and trust in him. And how that baby-King will one day come again, not as a baby but as majestic Ruler of All, bringing justice and ushering in his kingdom. But WE KNOW! As Paul said to Titus, the grace of God has been REVEALED! It has been enough to make my heart rejoice all over again. And when I am tempted to (or give in to) despair and gloom, I have made it my arrow-prayer to say “Father I choose to rejoice right now that…” and fill the blank with truths like:
You have revealed Jesus to us
Jesus has brought salvation to messed-up me
I am loved by the Creator of the universe
I am redeemed
I am being sanctified (made holy)
I will one day be with you forever…
Titus is full of truths I am able to use to fight back against the gloom! I pray that you too will be able to rejoice in the amazing truth that Titus 2:11 shows us; the grace of God has been revealed! Choose to fix your eyes on Jesus, our salvation-bringer, today and every day.

Notices 6th January 2019

Louise,
CBC logo notices in greyscale

Elections

Elections of Safeguarding Deacon, Fabric Deacon and Elder and will take place at the next Church Meeting.  Nominations for these positions close at 6pm tonight.  Adrian Pillinger and Martin Sheringham have indicated their willingness to be re-nominated for positions of Elder and Fabric Deacon respectively. All the relevant paperwork is at the back.

Midweek Service

The next meeting is on Wednesday 9th January at 2pm. The text is Matthew 2.1-18.  Eric Seager will be leading and David Morrell preaching.  Refreshments follow at 3pm.

Baptismal Services

We will be having two baptisms on 27th January at Priory Street…Tom Price at the 9:15am and Adrianna Hurley at the 11:15am service.  If you feel you would like to be baptised, or have any questions about this, please speak to Eddie Larkman or one of the church leaders.

Church Meeting

The first Church Meeting of the year will take place on Monday 21st January 2019 at 8pm.  Agenda to follow in due course.

Mission News!

Steve and Gill Bryant have put out their December newsletter.  Please take a copy from the table at the back. 

A reminder that the Littles‘ blogs can be found at matthewswestafricanadventure.blogspot.com and alittleodyssey.blogspot.com as they continue serving the Lord on Africa Mercy off the coast of West Africa.

Neal and Lesley Grindrod leave for Vienna on Sunday 27th January and return on Monday 8th April. They do not have any airport transport organised yet and would be very grateful if someone from CBC could help them out.  They need to be at Bristol airport for 10am on the Sunday morning.

Prayer requests for Lesley and Neal: 

* That God would keep them both strong and healthy as they prepare to leave for Austria

* That they will be able to ‘hit the ground running’ and be a blessing to the team and refugees

* That the team dynamic (relationships) will be healthy and they will fit in easily under the new leadership at Oasis

Oasis Building Mission Trip

Martin Sheringham is leading a building team to the Oasis Centre, Traiskirchen, Vienna on 2/3rd February returning 9/10th February.  Paul Garcia and Chris Drake are the other two going. They will be remodelling a toilet to allow for wheel chair access.  Please pray for the preparations required to make this trip successful. Thank you.

Clothing Donations to the Oasis Refugee Centre

Martin and the team would like to take clothing aid as they will be going in a mini-van. Oasis would like donations of clothing but they are mainly in need of new adult men’s/women’s underwear and socks.  Other warm second hand clothing – coats, hats etc would be welcome, but the greatest need is for the former.  Please bring donations to church during the week preceding the trip ie. from January 26th onwards and leave in the big box which will be in the church entrance.  Any queries, please contact Jo or Martin Sheringham.

Women’s Bible Study

This will be held on Monday 28th January at the usual time of 7:30pm.  Study notes are on the table at the back.  Please take one in advance of the meeting.

…This week…

Monday: Mums’ bible study, 9:30am

Wednesday: Midweek service, 2pm

Thursday: Toddler Group, 10am; Corsham Money and Debt Advice Centre, 7:30pm

Friday: Corsham Money and Debt Advice Centre, 9:30am; Encounter, 3.45pm; Engage, 4:30pm; Energize, 5:30pm

Life groups meet in and around Corsham and neighbouring towns and villages during the week.  If you would like more information on any small groups, please speak to your congregational leaders.

… Looking ahead…

14th January: Fight night; prayer for persecuted church and missions

18th-19th January: Leaders’ retreat

21st January: Church Meeting, 8pm

23rd January: Midweek service, 2pm

26th January: The Ark, 10am

27th January: Baptism service, 9:15am and 11:15am  service; Grindrods leave for Austria

28th January: Women’s bible study, 7:30pm

NEW YEAR’S PRAYER FROM BILLY GRAHAM

kathylarkman,

Billy-Graham-prayingThis prayer from Billy Graham, written for The Saturday Evening Post in 2008, is just as relevant more than a decade later.
Our Father and our God, as we stand at the beginning of this new year we confess our need of Your presence and Your guidance as we face the future.
We each have our hopes and expectations for the year that is ahead of us—but You alone know what it holds for us, and only You can give us the strength and the wisdom we will need to meet its challenges. So help us to humbly put our hands into Your hand, and to trust You and to seek Your will for our lives during this coming year.
In the midst of life’s uncertainties in the days ahead, assure us of the certainty of Your unchanging love.
In the midst of life’s inevitable disappointments and heartaches, help us to turn to You for the stability and comfort we will need.
In the midst of life’s temptations and the pull of our stubborn self-will, help us not to lose our way but to have the courage to do what is right in Your sight, regardless of the cost.
And in the midst of our daily preoccupations and pursuits, open our eyes to the sorrows and injustices of our hurting world, and help us to respond with compassion and sacrifice to those who are friendless and in need. May our constant prayer be that of the ancient Psalmist: “Teach me, O Lord, to follow your decrees; then I will keep them to the end” (Psalm 119:33).
We pray for our nation and its leaders during these difficult times, and for all those who are seeking to bring peace and justice to our dangerous and troubled world. We pray especially for Your protection on all those who serve in our armed forces, and we thank You for their commitment to defend our freedoms, even at the cost of their own lives. Be with their families also, and assure them of Your love and concern for them.
Bring our divided nation together, and give us a greater vision of what You would have us to be. Your Word reminds us that “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Psalm 33:12).
As we look back over this past year we thank You for Your goodness to us—far beyond what we have deserved. May we never presume on Your past goodness or forget all Your mercies to us, but may they instead lead us to repentance, and to a new commitment to make You the foundation and center of our lives this year.
And so, our Father, we thank You for the promise and hope of this new year, and we look forward to it with expectancy and faith. This I ask in the name of our Lord and Savior, who by His death and resurrection has given us hope both for this world and the world to come.
Amen.
© 2008 Saturday Evening Post Society. Reprinted with permission.

Notices 30th December 2018

Louise,

Evening Service

There will be no evening service at Priory Street tonight.

Elections

Elections of Safeguarding Deacon, Elder and Fabric Deacon will take place at the next Church Meeting.  Nominations for these positions are open and will close at 6pm on Sunday 6th January 2019.  Adrian Pillinger and Martin Sheringham have indicated their willingness to be re-nominated for positions of Elder and Fabric Deacon respectively. All the relevant paperwork is at the back.

Craft Club

The craft club will recommence next Saturday, 5th January, at 10am at Priory Street. Please speak to Hazel Hammett or Pam Mitchell for further details.

Baptismal Services

We will be having two baptisms on 27th January at Priory Street. If you feel you would like to be baptised, or have any questions about this, please speak to Eddie Larkman or one of the church leaders.

Church Meeting

The first Church Meeting of the year will take place on Monday 21st January 2019 at 8pm.  Agenda to follow in due course.

Women’s Bible Study

This will be held on Monday 28th January at the usual time of 7:30pm.  Study notes are on the table at the back.  Please take one in advance of the meeting.

PLEASE CHECK WITH YOUR LIFE GROUP LEADER REGARDING RECOMMENCEMENT OF YOUR MEETINGS AFTER THE HOLIDAYS

… Looking ahead…

6th January: Nominations close for leadership roles, 6pm

9th January: Midweek service, 2pm

14th January: Fight night; prayer for persecuted church and missions

18th-19th January: Leaders’ retreat

21st January: Church Meeting, 8pm

23rd January: Midweek service, 2pm

26th January: The Ark, 10am

27th January: Baptism services, 9:15am and 11:15am

28th January: Women’s bible study, 7:30pm

** 2019 Church Meeting Dates **

21st January

15th April

15th July

21st October

GOD IS WITH US!

kathylarkman,

 

CS LEWIS

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CATHERINE DONOVAN 

C.S.Lewis’ words to me mean: “Emmanuel” (God is with us); Fatherhood; Redemption, an Eternal inheritance, Hope and purposed to do great things in Christ Jesus.

JOY TO THE WORLD!

kathylarkman,

 

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ESTHER KING, CONTRIBUTOR FOR TODAY’S BLOG POST

Ah! My favourite Christmas carol… not because my middle name is ‘Joy’ and not just because I love the stirring musical arrangement. Most importantly the lyrics, rooted in Scripture and written by Isaac Watts, are INCREDIBLE.

Here they are – clear those throats and sing them out with gusto! Or venture onto YouTube and find a recording to listen to (Here’s a modern version which includes the 3rd verse https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mnC8zMiwaQ):

Joy to the World, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.

Joy to the World, the Saviour reigns!
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Joy to the WorldNor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as, the curse is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders, of His love.

Beautiful! Check out John 1.1-18 and Psalm 98 then take a moment to reflect. Are you starting to really feel the joy?

I love the ‘present continuous’ feel of this carol. It celebrates the birth of Jesus – ‘the Lord is come’ – but as well as invoking the nativity story in your mind, it encapsulates the entire significance of what Jesus has done for us.

Why is it we sometimes miss out the third verse when we sing this congregationally? Is it the use of ‘heavy language’ such as ‘sin’, ‘sorrows’, ‘thorns’ and ‘the curse’? Yet look again and here’s the truly amazing news of the Gospel. Because Jesus has defeated sin and death, we’re set free from their power! And there’s no dark, cursed corner where God can’t make his blessings flow!

The Lord reigns and he’s not just our ruler but our saviour! And how does he rule? With ‘truth and grace’ and the way he interacts with us, ‘the nations’, speaks of both his glorious righteousness and wonderful love!

I love the way the carol reminds me that it’s not just us praising the Lord with joyful and thankful hearts but all of creation, everything He has made, the entire universe. Lord open my eyes to see how everything in all creation points to you and your goodness!

Finally, don’t miss key call to action in the carol. To truly experience the joy, the earth first has to receive its king. To truly mean what we sing, we must first prepare room in our hearts, putting Jesus at the centre of our lives and acknowledging him and him alone as our Lord and saviour. Lord, please help us to do this. Amen!

Cranes, forklifts and Presidents, apparently.

Matthew Little,

Another month has gone by, so now I must update my blog. No-body told me doing a blog would be such a chore.*

So what has happened since I left off? Quite a bit, and I shall start from where I left off. Don Stephens, the founder of Mercy Ships, visited the Africa Mercy, and during the same week, Guinean President Alpha Conde also visited the ship. During this visit, I had my first experience of being a security guard….. Thankfully, nothing happened, but it was a good opportunity to practice my stern ‘You are not allowed in here’ face and posture. However, I don’t know whether to hold my hands in a ‘attention’ position around my back or at  my front. But I will have other opportunities to do this ‘special job’ during other VIP visits to the ship, to get more practice of this.
After that (not immediately. It might have been the weekend after, I can’t remember), I went on a day’s excursion to the beautiful and picturesque Kassa island, one the three islands in the ‘Iles de Los’ island group off Conakry. Both the two boat rides across the harbour to the island were just as good and pretty as the island itself, but it was just so good to escape the scenery of both the ship and the city of Conakry, which is dusty, dirty and smelly, and just outside the port gate, on a very busy roundabout, it can get very chaotic with the sudden appearance of cars and motorbikes. Seriously, you could be crossing the road, and out of nowhere- BEEEEEEEEEEEEP! a few feet from you.. Quite the contrast across the water. and it was a relaxing Saturday.
Beach on Kassa
Jungle
View of one of the other islands
Another view of the beach
Boats between the island and the mainland

The ship moored next to us that day. 

An interesting sight that constantly amazes me whilst working on Deck is the constant move of ships in Conakry’s port. One day, I could be working around the Bridge (which I spent the whole day on the 14th doing. A few days before I started this blog. That was a relaxing day), looking at the ship next to us, and the next day, it’s a new ship. And they all follow a similar colour scheme to the one on the picture on the left. Its’s like “What could they be loading/unloading today- Oh, that wasn’t there yesterday”. Meanwhile, there is this stationary white ship.

Bow of the Africa Mercy

Work has also been great. On my first weekend on-call duty (which meant that I was confined to the ship for two days), I got up to some pretty impressive things, that I never thought I would do on a Saturday morning, such as operating the stores crane and driving one of the  ship’s forklifts. What exciting purpose was that for, I hear you ask? Emptying the trash. Probably better to start with a trash bin than a very heavy pallet of cooking oil, tbh. I also learned to drive one of the ship’s rescue boats during a practice for Sinterklaas. Because Mercy Ships has a crew made up of different cultures, the Christmas period allows for the crew to experience a bunch of different Christmas festivals. A few weeks ago, the crew celebrated the Dutch tradition of Sinterklaas, where children leave a shoe out for Sinterklass to fill with yummy goodies the night before! Sinterklaas arrived via one of the ship’s rescue boats, to wave to the masses (The ship kids and Dutch crew, mainly. Maybe, I didn’t actually see the spectacle. I did watch as Sinterklass gave the Ship kids Christmas presents in Midships, above the Starbucks. (Fun fact: the only Starbucks in Africa. Sorry, Okoye.**) Just to be clear, I didn’t drive Sinterklaas on the day, I was just given a lesson the Saturday. Also, my shoe went missing that morning. I say missing, some ‘practical jokers’ moved it further up the corridor. Almost forgot! I have received my training book, which means that I can now begin my training to become a Deck Rating, maybe even Able Seafarer, later down the line. I’ll be a Captain in no time! I still don’t know what I want to do, actually, but I have really enjoyed my first month of being a deck hand. I have been transfered to a different fire team on the first, I was on hose and gear, which meant being a support role and getting the hoses and things for the SCBA guys. in this new one, I am on SCBA. which means that I have to wear all the bunker gear, and am meant to be right in the action during the event of a fire

The community here is wonderful. A few of us have even started a Dungeons and Dragons group (my character is a Dwarf Paladin). Found out that watching Lord of the Rings is all the more entertaining commentating on it in D&D references. I have also joined the group on the ship that plays Super Smash Brothers, This was the first time playing Super Smash Brothers (suprisingly)  and I have getting good at it. As long as I am not against a pro. Did beat the ship’s ‘Smash Master’ once, though. . And a group that plays Dominion. And other board games. I have even started playing Minecraft again.

The amazing Communications department /team here on the Africa Mercy work hard to produce materials to promote the amazing work that the hospital down on Deck Three does, including this piece below. This patient’s story has really inspired me from when I first read it.

Well, that’s all I have to say for this month. I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and pray for good fortunes to come in 2019.

But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31

*Just kidding, I enjoy writing this blog.
** Avengers: Infinity War reference

P.S. If the patient’s story doesn’t show the first time, please let me know in the comments. My parents’ had an issue with that on their own blog. Please check that out, too! It’s called A Little Odyssey, the link is in the side bar.

Notices 23rd December 2018

Louise,

Evening Services in December

There will be no evening service at Priory Street tonight and 30th December.

Christmas Cards

Our (red) Christmas card board is at the back.  Please use this to pin your card to the CBC fellowship (pins in glass jar on the table). If you have cards for specific people/families, please hand deliver personally or post (please do not put/leave on the tables at the back as we end up with scores of unclaimed cards by the end of the festive season!!). 

Elections

Elections of Safeguarding Deacon, Elder and Fabric Deacon will take place at the January Church Meeting on 21st January.  Nominations for these positions will open today and close on 6th January 2019.  Adrian Pillinger and Martin Sheringham have indicated their willingness to be renominated for positions of Elder and Fabric Deacon respectively. All the relevant paperwork is at the back.

Christmas Services

24th December: Christmas eve service, 6pm/ Carol singing in Rudloe, 6pm

25th December: Christmas day joint service, 10am @ Priory Street/ 10am at Rudloe

… Looking ahead over the next days, weeks and months…

30th December: No evening service

5th January: Craft club, 10am

6th January: Nominations close for leadership roles

9th January: Midweek service, 2pm

14th January: Fight night; prayer for persecuted church and missions

18th-19th January: Leaders’ retreat

21st January: Church Meeting, 8pm

23rd January: Midweek service, 2pm

26th January: The Ark, 10am

27th January: Baptism services, 9:15am and 11:15am

28th January: Women’s bible study, 7:30pm

** 2019 Church Meeting Dates **

21st January

15th April

15th July

21st October

JUST DON’T DO IT!

kathylarkman,

LESLEY NEW PHOTOMy lovely sisters, please don’t let this most wonderful time of year be your most stressed, getting in debt, losing the plot and getting indigestion time of year! Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle. Don’t let your ‘HO, HO, HO!’ turn into ‘OH, PLEASE NO!’…………
Christmas is absolutely not about frantically buying things we don’t need and often can’t afford. It’s not about stressing morning ‘til night over complicated menus, a perfectly decorated tree, exquisitely wrapped gifts or being the world’s best hostess.
This time of year is an opportunity to fill our eyes with wonder, our homes with love and laughter and our souls with gratitude and praise. Amid all the busy-ness let’s remember what this season is all about. There would be no Christmas celebrations at all, had our loving Father not sent his beloved Son into this sin-sick world to be our Saviour.
lesley christmas thoughtsSo this year, let’s refuse to make it complicated. Take the pressure off yourselves, ladies. Over the years I’ve found it’s been the simplest, least expensive things that have made the most precious memories. Don’t give in to feelings of inadequacy and panic. Don’t stress over long lists of things that don’t matter. Instead think of the little ways in which you can easily express love and enjoy being together. If you do, I guarantee your family, your friends and your own well-being will be very, very blessed!