Kia ora All Saints.
Guy here this week. Welcome to the beginning of Advent. (well actually we are starting Advent a week early). The reason for the jump start on Advent is because Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday this year.
Advent is a part of the year that I really love and look forward to. Firstly it's a time in the year when we all come back together from our house churches for the four weeks leading up to Christmas. Where we can celebrate the year and journey all together toward Christmas.
Secondly, it is also a wonderful season of preparation as we walk together toward the Birth of Jesus. This week I will be preaching at both 9am and 10:30 as we launch into Advent, I look forward to sharing with you about how Scripture and Culture can weave together as we begin preparing to celebrate the hope and saviour of the world.
This is just a reminder that we have 9am and 10:30am services for the next 4 weeks leading up to Christmas. There are a mix of people bringing a message this Advent season.
Christmas at All Saints is shaping up to be a wonderful time of celebration and expectation. We have Nine Lessons and Carols, two Christmas Eve services a 10am service which is aimed at young families short sharp and full of fun and rocking carols, cake, sausage sizzle and a message of hope; there is an 11pm Christmas Eve service which will include communion and of course lets not forget Christmas Day 9am.
There is so much to get involved in.
I want to point your attention to a couple of things firstly the notice about a number of refugee families moving into Wellington and the need for items to house them. Please take note of the things that need purchasing and help out where you can. Let us welcome them with open arms.
Secondly, this week's remembrance service is on Sunday at 3pm here at All Saints. A chance for people to come and remember those they have lost recently or in the past.
Looking forward to seeing you all this Sunday as we journey and celebrate together.
Much Love, Guy