Christmas at Christ Church 2015

A Christingle celebration at Christ Church

Christmas is an opportunity to take the love of God into homes, pubs, shops and people’s lives. Here are some of the ways that we have been doing that throughout December.

Follow the Star

Our Christmas Eve celebration for young children was led by Rachel for the first time.

Rachel introduces Follow the Star

Bert and Lucy

Our resident puppets Bert and Lucy narrated the Nativity story

Midnight Communion

Amid the quiet and darkness, we celebrated the coming of the Light of the World.

Christmas candles and the Light of the World art quilt

All Age Christmas Day Communion

Gathering around the manger

Carol singing

On Saturday December 5 we joined friends from Selly Park Baptist Church at the Stirchley Co-op to sing carols and raise funds for St Mary’s Hospice.

Carol singing in the Co-op

Later in the month we sang at the Selly Park Tavern

Playing and singing at the Selly Park Tavern

Playing and singing at the Selly Park Tavern

…and we had another enthusiastic welcome at the Highbury pub in Dads Lane.

Playing and singing at the Highbury

A duet on the accordion at the Highbury

A spare pair of hands can be useful at times

Our Christmas postcard has been delivered to homes in Selly Park…

Postcard advertising some of our Christmas events

…and here’s the other side of the card

Postcard advertising some of our Christmas events

Christmas Coffee Mates

Our last Coffee Mates of the year featured a guest performance by the choir from Selly Park Technology College. They sang and played traditional and modern songs, and we heard a piano piece that one of the pupils had written herself. After the performance they gathered around the piano and just carried on with the music!

Meanwhile all our guests enjoyed Stollen and mince pies.

Singers wearing Santa hats

A Christmas performance

Multiple hands on a piano keyboard

Enthusiastic musicians!

Christmas Messy Church

We enjoyed crafts, creativity and celebration, focusing especially on Christmas. The Christingle celebration reminded us why Jesus came into the world, the candle light being a powerful symbol of light shining in a world full of darkness.

Find out more about Messy Church here.

A Christmas decoration

Good advice for any wise person: Follow the star to Bethlehem

A Christingle celebration at Christ Church

Light in the darkness: Christingle celebration

Candlelit Carol Service

A choir leading a Carol service

It wasn’t such a Silent Night as our main hall was filled with the sound of carols led by a choir and instrumentalists. Thank you to all our guests who came, and especially to our speaker Simon Heathfield who encouraged us to see the reality of the Christmas message.

Simon Heathfield spoke at the Christ Church Carol service

Simon Heathfield spoke at the Carol service