News and Articles
29 November 2016
I just love Christmas! The city seems to be in full festive flow with lights up in the streets, the market stalls set, and decorations in shops. Here at Above Bar Church we are also getting ready for Christmas.
For many, Christmas holidays are full of travelling to see relatives and friends. Ours aren’t the only journeys to have taken place at Christmas. This year at Above Bar Church, many of our activities and services are themed around journeys – that of the carpenter and his pregnant fiancée, shepherds from the hills of Bethlehem, wise men from a distant country, and the greatest journey of all: the journey of the Son of God who came from heaven, to enter our world.
There are lots of events for children and families to come along to as we head in to this festive season. Whether you’ve been here before, or you are coming for the first time – you’d be so welcome to join us.
For those with preschool aged children, Poppin & Poppin Church is the place to be. We’ll be having our Poppin Christmas parties on the 12th and 13th December – they’ll look like usual Poppin sessions with a festive twist. We’ll also be giving away a copy of a Christmas storybook which tells children all about the characters of Christmas.
Poppin Church on Saturday 3rd December is an opportunity for pre-schoolers, their older siblings, and parents/carers to join together in finding out more about the story of the first Christmas. We’ll be decorating biscuits and making a beautiful stained glass window nativity scene, along with other crafts and activities too. For both of these events, children are welcome to come dressed up as a character from the nativity story to help in our story telling.
School-aged children (years R–6) are invited to join us for the Christmas Extravaganza on Saturday 10th December where we’ll be playing party games, creating festive crafts, singing, and hearing the Christmas story. After all that fun, the children are usually ready for some food, so it’s a good thing we end the afternoon with a party tea!
Then as we draw ever closer to Christmas Day, there are three Sunday services which are planned with families with children in mind. They will provide a more relaxed service environment where you can enjoy carols and a short Christmas message together as a family. There is a Carols by Candlelight service at 4:00 pm on Sunday 11th December, an all-age service on Sunday 18th December (children are welcome to come dressed up as a character from the nativity story), and an all-age service on Christmas Day at 10:00 am.
We want to welcome everyone to join us this Christmas, as we explore again the greatest reason to celebrate – that Jesus is hope for all the world, born at Christmas time. We hope to see you there.