For more information, do contact Pastor Chris Hand on (01773) 853180 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The present financial and economic climate has certainly inflicted a lot of pain upon many of us and our families. I do not know how you have been faring. But this Christmas may not be quite the Christmas you thought you would be having six months ago. This is before we have factored in uncertainty about job prospects, interest rates, mortgage payments and suchlike. It may not be quite as happy a Christmas as we might all have wished.
According to the wiser heads among the economic pundits, one thing the recent economic instability has proved is that the �herd mentality� is alive and well among us. Many have wryly observed that people move money around (assuming they have any to move in the first place!) as they follow what the crowd is doing. Whether the crowd is right or not is a moot point. There will probably be much ink spilt in years ahead as we look back, with the benefit of hindsight, and try to work out how it all went so wrong. But that is tomorrow�s story.
So here and now is a simple plea for us to consider. Please don�t �follow the crowd� this Christmas.
Firstly, don�t consign Christmas to the pigeonhole marked �fairy tales suitable for children only�. It is suitable for children. It is suitable for everyone. But it is not a fairy tale. It was an event prophesied many years before it actually happened, and it had eye-witness accounts to authenticate its reality. Christmas is worth serious investigation rather than just a casual glance. Stand out from the crowd. Have a closer look.
Secondly, please don�t follow many of the crowd who reckon that a bit of religion at Christmas and maybe Easter is enough for the year. A trip once or twice a year to the dentist might be all we need. God is worthy of more than this. If we have got as far as preserving Christmas from the �fairy tale� pigeonhole, then we need to take a step further and learn the wonderful but serious lessons Christmas brings us. What might these be? Christmas tells us there is a great God of holiness who rules over all the earth. It tells us we are far from Him because of our sin but that He has sent His own Son into the world to save us from our sins. It is a message of peace and reconciliation between God and man. Through faith in His Son who came �down to earth from heaven�, we are brought into fellowship with God and can speak with Him in prayer. We have the opportunity to serve Him all our days � not just at Christmas or at Easter. Not just on particular days or Sundays but every day.
So perhaps consider not �following the crowd� this Christmas. Come and find out about the Christ of Christmas for yourself. �Taste and see that the Lord is good.� We will be happy to welcome you to our services.
CHRISTMAS SERVICES � Sunday December 21st
10.45 a.m. : Morning Service
�A King like no other king�
6.00 p.m.: Family Carol Service
�Timing is everything�
Our Sunday School takes place during the Morning Service and if you would like your children to come, they would be welcome at the beginning of the service at 10.45 during which the Pastor gives a �Children�s Talk�. The Sunday School itself begins at 11.15 and takes place in the �School Room� at the rear of the church which can be found by going down the drive between Lloyds the Chemist and the church.
Most Thursdays we hold a club for young people of �Primary School� age. There is Bible teaching, games, crafts, quizzes and other activities. The times for those aged 5-7 (Infants) is 5-6pm and for those aged 8 and above (Juniors/Seniors) is 6-7pm.
For more details about the Sunday School and the Seekers Club, contact the Pastor on (01773) 853180.
To listen to recent sermons from Crich Baptist Church, go to www.crichbaptist.org. To hear a recorded message updated weekly about the Christian faith ring 020 8749 2109.