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UPDATED 21/12/2021: Our Advent Services and Events

Updated 21-Dec-2021 – Effective immediately, all our services are moving online only.

In light of the latest news about the Omicron variant of the SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus we are having to make some changes to the services and events planned for Advent, Christmas and subsequently.

How to keep up to date:

Our next News Sheet will be for Sunday 9th January 2022.

Sharing the Light

Our theme for Advent this year is about Sharing the Light. In a world that feels very dark in so many places and in so many ways, it felt very apt.

In fact, doesn’t the light shine brightest when it is dark? Those moments of love or joy seem to be felt most keenly when times are hard. When someone shows they care, when we are cheered up by an unexpected visit, when we feel God beside us, sharing our troubles…

The resource pack we received for Sharing the Light included this lovely video, which you can find on YouTube or watch here:

What’s Happening this Advent and Christmas?

Our mission here is about ‘being a beacon’ in our community. We strive to find ways to bring the light of Christ to the life of our community in whatever way we can. This Advent, there are a number of ways we hope to do that…

Salvation Army/Haxby Memorial Food Share Collection Day

On Friday 5th December we collected a huge amount of food items, generously donated at our collection point in a gazebo at the front of the church building. They have been distributed to our local and York residents via both the Salvation Army and the Haxby Food Share Project at the Memorial Hall.

Community Cinema

We held two screenings of the BBC’s The Nativity (2010) on Friday 17th December. Those who attended found it very special as it really makes you think how it must have been like for Mary and Joseph: showing the peer pressure and life of the day. It’s two hours long and rated PG, but we think it’s suitable for those in school year 6 and above. You might be able to find it on various streaming services if you’d like to watch it.

We had planned to show The Muppet Christmas Carol on a later date, but sadly had to cancel this because of the rapidly increasing threat from the Omicron variant of the Coronavirus.

Bookmark and Sweetie drop in the Community

The young people delivered Share the Light bookmarks into the community as a way of sending the love and best wishes of the church.

“In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” — John 1:4–5

Whatever Christmas is going to look like for you all this year, may you find glimpses of that light.

Lorraine Jones


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