The Inside Column 01/12

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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.

The season of Advent is here and the Advent Wreath with 5 candles is in the church.

The 1st candle (purple) is the Candle of Hope. We can have hope because God is faithful and will keep His promises made to us. Our hope comes from God.

The 2nd candle (purple) is the Candle of Preparation. God kept his promise of a Saviour who would be born in Bethlehem. Preparation means to “get ready”. Help us to be ready to welcome you O God!

The 3rd candle (purple) is the Candle of Joy. The angels sang a message of Joy.

Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’ Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favour rests. - Luke 2:11-14

The 4th candle (purple) is the Angel Candle or The Candle of Love. The angels announced the good news of a Saviour. God sent his only Son to earth to save us, because he loves us!

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. – John 3:16-17

The 5th candle (white) is the Candle of Christ. The white candle reminds us that Jesus is the spotless Lamb of God, sent to wash away our sins! His birth was for his death, his death was for our birth!

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! – John 1:29

On the Sunday 8 December we have been invited to help run a Christmas event called Jingle Bells (Previously Shine – Carols on the Lawn) in the park behind the Church. The event starts at 4.00pm and will run until around 8.00pm. Firstly, this is an event for you to get a group of people together and come along – there will be a Bouncy Castle, Children’s Activities, Carol Singing, Food Stalls and other entertainment. It should be a great night out for all. Secondly, we need helpers to sign up in the foyer to help man the bins. There will be four different bin sites around the grounds and each one will have, green waste, recycling, and general waste. (You will get to wear a high vis vest!) We will need to help people put the right stuff in the right bins. If we can get a good number of people to help, maybe we can do teams, in half hour slots. If you think you might like to help, please put your name down on the time you would like to cover, and then come at that time to do your bit. The more people, the easier it is for everyone. I will be looking for a couple of people to help me throughout the night to manage the stage, shift chairs and sound stuff. If you can help let me know. Please pray for fine weather on this day, and that St Barnabas might be able to bless our community through this event.

Yours in Christ


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