A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM GLENDA
Christmas is such a special time for us all as we remember God’s greatest gift to all the world. It is a time to share gifts with friends and family – a reminder of that wonderful gift God gave to us, as well as a reminder of the gifts given to Jesus by the wise men from the east.
Sometimes in our own community there are folk who find this giving time very difficult because of the circumstances in which they find themselves.
On Sunday 13th December we will have a Gift Day Service and invite you to bring a small gift for a child or for a woman and these will be taken, along with gifts from St John’s and Sandbank, to the Women’s Aid Project. The workers there will be able to make sure that the appropriate gifts go to those who will benefit from them. In order to help them do this, could you bring your gift unwrapped and the folks from Women’s Aid will wrap them once they decide which gift is appropriate for which family. We have done this for many years now and I know how very much these gifts are appreciated by the folk who work with Women’s Aid as well as those who receive the gifts. Thank you for your donation. It will make a huge difference to someone’s life at a very difficult time.
On Sunday 6th December we join together with the congregation of St John’s and Sandbank and enjoy the worship led that morning by the Salvation Army. The bank will be there to lead us in our carol singing and a Christmas message will be shared by the Captain of the Greenock Citadel. This is a wonderfully joyous service and provides us with an opportunity to worship together and to support the work of the Salvation Army as any money in the plate that morning is given for the Army’s work.
The next Ecumenical Service is also on 6th December at 5.30 pm, details of that service and the Christmas Eve and Christmas morning services are on page 4 of the magazine. I hope you are able to join in some or all of these services.
May I take this opportunity to thank those of you who have been an encouragement and a support to me over the last year. I appreciate your care, your friendship and your prayers very much indeed and may I wish you and your families a very Happy Christmas and God’s richest blessings in the coming year.