The Inside Column 23/12

Posted in: The Inside Column- Dec 23, 2018 No Comments

Good morning and welcome to St Barnabas Stoke – if you are visiting today we hope you encounter God’s goodness and love for you as you join us in worshipping Him, please feel free to stick around afterwards for a coffee and a chat.

Only two days until Christmas!

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
 – Luke 2: 4-7 


When we think about it the birth of a baby, born a long time ago, born in a land far away, to a peasant girl, you can’t but help to be amazed at how much this event changed the world.

Whether you are a follower of Jesus or not, no-one can argue that this event that happened all those years ago changed the world. The birth of this one baby, Jesus, changed the course of history. And I think at the heart of the birth of Jesus is love, a love that we can all know when we put our faith in him. It really is Good news for the world.

Today is also Luke’s last day with us as our curate. Luke has served his two years and is now heading off on new adventures and we wish him and his family every blessing. Luke and family have been long time members of St Barnabas and they will be greatly missed (we do hope to still see you). We have been blessed with Luke’s worship leading, preaching, and it has been great to see his children developing there skills in the worship team. I am sure you will all pass on your thanks to Luke and family.

The last Sunday service for the year is on 31 December at 9.30am and we will continue to have one Prayer book service at 9.30am through to 20 January. We return to our regular times of 8.30am and 10.00am on Sunday 27 January.

There is no Wednesday Service this week (26 December) or Wednesday 2 January. Wednesday Services resume at 11.00am on 9 January.

From all the team at St Barnabas we wish you all a happy Christmas, we pray you will have a safe and renewing holiday with loads of  family and friends, and we look forward to next year.

The Church office will close at noon on Friday 21 December and reopens at 8.00am Monday 21 January 2019.


Yours in Christ




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