Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

If you made it along I really hope you enjoyed our Carols by Candlelight, which were attended by close to 2,000 people. We had a brilliant time today going through the response cards - a total of 776 of them, 240 of which were filled in by people who don't regularly go to church! The feedback was incredibly encouraging with some wonderful comments and reflections. We had 108 people saying that they prayed the salvation prayer for the first time, and 42 people saying they were interested in doing Alpha in the New Year. Our pastoral team have managed to email or phone everyone who gave us their contact details today. We also raised over £7,500 for our three charities, with some of the money still to be counted. A huge thank you to everyone who helped make the carol concerts so successful. We'll be doing them again next year!

But it's not all over for our Christmas programme, with three more meetings to go, all at the Kerith Centre in Bracknell. Parking for all of them for the able bodied is at Bracknell and Wokingham College, other than for the 11pm where we'll all squeeze in to the Kerith Centre site.

On Christmas Eve at 4pm we've got our ever popular family meeting. This year the nativity animals are going to be telling us the Christmas story, with carols, entertainment and a short message from Ben Oliver. We're also going to be having some real animals coming along, which children can pet if they get there before 4pm (there will be no petting the animals after the meeting).

On Christmas Eve at 11pm we've got our unplugged candlelit meeting where we can welcome in Christmas Day with Bible readings, acoustic worship and a message from Michael Ross-Watson.

Then on Christmas Day at 10am we get together to celebrate the birth of Jesus, sing carols, see what presents the children got and hear a short message from me. We'll also be taking up an offering, all the money from which will go to Create Hope, a local charity founded by our own Catherine Barrett which offers play therapy and therapeutic support to children, young people and families.

Finally a reminder that there are no meeting on Sunday 27th December. We'll meet together again on the 3rd January for our regular meetings on both sites, where I'll start to share about our 2016 vision.

I hope you and your loved ones have a fabulous Christmas and New Year.


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