Coming Home For Christmas

Dear Minster and Friends,

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light…on them, light has shined…For the yoke of their burden…For a child has been born for us, a son is given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and He is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace…with justice and with righteousness from this time onward and forevermore. Isaiah 9:2-7

All of us have those favourite Christmas films we like to watch at Christmas. Maybe it’s Love Actually, the Night before Christmas or one of the classics like Die Hard. One of my favourite films to watch at Christmas is the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.

The story of a young family journeying through a magical wardrobe to a winter covered magical land and even featuring an appearance from Father Christmas are all excellent reasons to think of this as a Christmas film. But, it is not the setting or even Father Christmas that makes this a Christmas film for me.

The story is about a people in a land that is no longer their own. They feel the bitter cold of winter and the absence of the ruler Aslan who rules with justice, righteousness and maintains peace. The characters are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Aslan with a great sense of excitement. One who is powerful enough to bring an end to the winter of exile and usher in the new rule of peace and prosperity.

All the stories of mythology and many philosophers describe the feeling of alienation we humans have in the world. That, we walk through life and never truly feel like we are home. The Bible gives light to this condition. Reminding us of Eden, where we rested in a created for us in the constant presence of a Father that loves us.

We remember that Jesus is a light in the world. He comes to call us out of the darkness of estrangement and into the loving embrace of God. He also comes as a light to light the way home from where we have wandered so far. This Christmas I pray that you will know in full and share with others the excitement, hope, and joy of being called home by Jesus Christ.

With much love,

Dan

NEWS & EVENTS

Please be aware we will have no Sunday morning service on 30th December.

Christmas Offering 
Our offerings taken during our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services will be donated equally between Raymond, Karamoja (Uganda) and Street Kids Direct(Central America)

Uganda (current needs)
Provide Christmas lunch Moroto Prison Community (Cost approx. £1000)
General Needs for ongoing ministry costs (£1000)
Support Moses and his family a minster who now overseas the prison ministry (£1200) this would include buying a boda boda transport.

Update from Uganda – baby Isabel Andrea Ebenezer Bukenya arrived 1st Dec 3.3kg

Street Kids Direct
Project in Guatemala working with children and minor to stop them becoming homeless and mentoring them.
Currently two of the Soden boys are working in this project and Joe will be giving an update on the project during the service on 6th January.

If you would like to give by bank transfer please send it to;

The Minster Fellowship, Barclays Bank, Sort Code:  20-45-45, Account Number:  33007162

If you would like your donation to be split equally then please make the reference: CHRISTMASOFFERING

If you would like your donation to go solely to Raymond in Uganda then please make the reference: UGANDA

If you would like your donation to go solely to Street Kids Direct then please make the reference: STREETKIDS

Newcomers Lunch
If you are new to the Minster we would really encourage you to connect by coming to our Newcomers Lunch on Sunday 13th January at 1:30pm. You will get to meet some of the team and other friendly people, also hear a bit about who we are and what we’re up to.
Email scarlett.sharp@theminster.org for details and to sign up.

Coming up in the New Year

Tuesday 25th December – Monday 7th January: Office shut

Sunday 6th January – 10:30am: Sunday services begin including children’s church
12:30pm: Take decorations down

Friday 11th January – 10am: Minster Munchkins begins back
11am: Eye of the needle begins back

Sunday 13th January – 1:30pm: Newcomers Lunch