Dear Minster and Friends,
I wonder if you have you ever taken the time to consider the various names that are given to Jesus around the birth narrative? Among them include that he will be called Jesus because he will save his people from their sins. (Matt 1:21) Immanuel which means God with us (Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:23), Saviour (Luke 2:11), Son of God (1:35), Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father + Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9). These are names full of meaning; imbibed with expectation and the daring claim that in this baby, God had come to earth to do something. This is not just some feel good story; this is a historical event that if these names proved to be true had profound implications for every person in the world. It’s almost as though God the Father was issuing a cosmic challenge pointing to the birth of Jesus and saying to us, “watch this space! I am telling you that this is my son but see for yourself as you watch his life and what he does.”
So this Christmas season, we are not just celebrating a baby in a manger….we are celebrating the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ. Whose myriad of names hold such significance, hope and meaning for us as we find in Him the fulfilment of their promises. This is why we have chosen the theme “His name shall be” over this season. We want people to see Jesus. There are many opportunities to invite people to come and encounter Jesus. Starting from this Sunday, so do consider who you might invite to come along!
News and Events
Thank you so much to those that came last Saturday to help us decorate the tent and barn! They are both looking amazing, ready for our Christmas services!
Helpers needed for Christmas
We are still in need of helpers for our various Christmas services, from baking, to welcoming to car parking. If you could help out with any of these please sign up here or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Family Christmas Service
Sunday 9th December – 10:30am – 11:30am
Join us this Sunday where the children will be staying in the service and we will be having special performances, festive treats for the children and donkey rides after the service!
Sunday 16th December – 6pm – 7pm
Followed by festive treats!
Monday 24th December – 3:30pm – 4:30pm
With donkey rides and refreshments from 2:30pm – 3:15pm
Tuesday 25th December – 10:30am – 11:30am
Please be aware we will have no Sunday morning services on 16th, 23rd & 30th December.
Christmas Countdown Calendar
One Can Trust (a foodbank in High Wycombe) are doing a Christmas Countdown Calendar. Starting from 1st December they are asking people to put a needed item or a pound coin each day in a bag for life and then drop off their collected items at their foodbank in High Wycombe by mid December. Click here to find out more information and see the drop off days and a list of needed items.
If you would like to collect for the Calendar but are not able to make it to any of the drop off days then either contact One Can Trust here or speak to Rebecca.