Just some small news, then, to share with our families, our friends, our neighbours, our community this Christmas! As a church, we are providing various opportunities for you to invite someone to hear the great news of Jesus at Christmas. The first is a new event we are holding this year, at 7.00 p.m. on Saturday 17th December, called ‘Unwrapped’ – an alternative look at Christmas. This replaces our previous Contemporary Carol service, as we seek to engage particularly the younger adults in our community, or indeed anyone else, for whom our other Christmas services just don’t connect. Then on Sunday 18th December in the Parish Church, again at 7.00 p.m., we will have our ‘Carols at Christmas’ service, where through traditional Bible readings, singing carols, and a talk, we can explore again the wonder of Christmas.
On Christmas Eve, we will be holding two Christingle services this year at 3.15 p.m. and 5.15 p.m. It's a great way for families, and those who want to be with families, to celebrate Christmas together. And then, at 11.00 p.m. in the Parish Church, our traditional Christmas Eve communion provides an opportunity to reflect on the birth of Jesus our King, as we see in Christmas Day. Of course, we will gather together on Christmas Day for a 9.00 a.m. communion service and then an all-age celebration at 10.30 a.m. (Christmas jumpers essential!)
In the Welcome sheet, we have listed all these Christmas services. Which would be the best, particularly one of those before Christmas Day, that you could invite someone to come with you, so that they can hear about Jesus and the difference he makes not just to Christmas, but to life? We have produced separate invitation cards this year to help you make that invitation – one for our services on the weekend of 17th/18th December; another for our Christingle services; and another for our late Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services. So take the ones you need and give them away, with a personal invitation to come to Cromer Church this Christmas.
And since we will not be able to speak with every one of you before Christmas, may we take this opportunity in advance, to wish you a very Happy Christmas, and a blessed new year.
James and Katie
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