Christmas now feels like it's in full swing for us as a community. Last Saturday we had the brilliant toys giveaway hosted by our social justice team, last night was our carol concert for adults with a learning disability, and I've just come back from the Kerith Centre where Sparklers (our parent and toddler group) were having their final Christmas party of the year (having already had them on Monday and Tuesday this week). I know that there have been loads of other events going on too.
This coming Sunday Christmas continues with our Carol Service at all three meetings in Bracknell (9am, 11am and 6pm). There will be a load of carols, a brilliant music themed preach from Colin Boyle, and if that wasn't enough mince pies, shortbread and hot drinks after every meeting. Please be thinking about who to bring along, as these are always great events to bring guests to. We've got our families coming on Sunday evening, and have invited all our neighbours round to our house on Thursday night when we'll give all of them an invite too.
The Carol Service in Sandhurst is on Sunday 22nd - I'm praying we'll be able to pack out the hall that Sunday which would be a great way to finish the year there. I get the privilege of preaching in Sandhurst this coming Sunday.
Then to wrap up the Christmas programme we have our family celebration at 4pm on Christmas Eve at the Kerith Centre (last night I saw some of the nativity film our video guys have been producing for that meeting - it's brilliant so please plan to be there). And then at 11pm on Christmas Eve in K2 we've got an unplugged, candle lit meeting to see in Christmas (our daughter Alice has threatened to buy a onesie for everyone in our family to wear for this - that isn't going to happen!). Finally on Christmas Day at 10am in the Kerith Centre we've got an hour together to celebrate the birth of Christ - I'm going to be preaching on "The Power of a Gift". Bring your presents and your Christmas jumpers for everyone to see.
Finally, finally a reminder that we don't meet anywhere on the 29th December, so we'll meet together again on Sunday January 5th.
I'm excited - hope you are too.