Thursday, December 21, 2017
Only four more sleeps until the big man comes (and we celebrate the moment the trajectory of human history was changed forever!).
A quick reminder of what the rest of 2017 holds for us as a community.
First of all what isn’t happening. There are no ‘regular’ meetings on Sunday 24th or 31st December in Bracknell or Sandhurst. Please take the opportunity to be refreshed, to be with family and friends and to get ready for all that is going to be happening in 2018.
On Christmas Eve we’ve got two meetings in Bracknell.
At 4pm we’ve got our family nativity which is always so much phone. There will be carols, live animals including a donkey, a photo booth and lots of fun, laughter and celebration. A great way to get ready for Christmas Day,
Then at 11pm we’ve got our ever popular ‘unplugged’ carol concert. This is a brilliant opportunity amidst all the busyness of this season to stop and reflect on what it’s really all about - it’s one of my favourite meetings of the year!
Then at 10am on Christmas Day we’re meeting for an hour at 10am in both Brackenll, and for the first time in Sandhurst too. This is a great indication of the growing strength of our Sandhurst community.
On Christmas Day we always take up an offering for an organisation outside of Kerith, and this year it will be for Tehila Trust and all the amazing work Sam and Hannah Fairs-Billam are doing to make children safer in Zambia. You can give cash and cheques on the day, but if you’d like to do a direct bank transfer instead just mark it as ‘Chrsitmas Day Offering’ and we’ll make sure it ends up in the right place.
Whoever you are for Christmas I pray you find time to draw close to Christ in the midst of it all.
Thursday, December 14, 2017
I don’t know about you, but I’m really looking forward to Christmas! I loved the Carols by Candlelight in Bracknell last weekend (especially with the added excitement of snow), and am looking forward to the repeat in Sandhurst this coming weekend - there are still tickets available for both the 4pm and 7pm. Don’t forget there is no morning meeting in Sandhurst on Sunday, although we’ve got our regular meetings Bracknell meetings at 9.30am, 11.30am and 6pm where Catrina will be preaching. We’ve then got the excitement of the 4pm and 11pm in Bracknell on Christmas Eve, and the 10am in both Bracknell and Sandhurst on Christmas Day.
I sense that 2018 is going to be a year of expansion for us as a community, both in terms of growth in things we’re already doing and new things God has in store for us. At the start of the year I want to share some of the vision behind that, with separate midweek vision meetings on each of our three sites. I want to hold this midweek rather than doing it on a Sunday as it gives us more time to share vision in detail, and the opportunity to answer questions people may have. Some of the vision will give more detail to things we’ve already announced, but there are also some exciting things coming up which we haven’t yet talked about publicly. Each of the meetings will start with drinks at 7.45pm, with the talk starting at 8pm. The dates for the three talks are:
Sandhurst - Tuesday 9th January - Sandhurst School
Bracknell - Wednesday 10th January - The Kerith Centre
Windsor - Thursday 11th January - Windsor Gospel Hall
Please put these in your diary and plan to be at one of them, ideally at the site you attend most frequently as we’ll shape each evening to speak in most detail about the site that particular site although if you can’t make your site meeting you’ll hear the overall vision at any of the three meetings.
Ps - anyone wondering from the photo at the top of this blog whether we’re going to announce a central London site, that’s not happening yet! The picture is actually from Legoland Windsor :)