Christmas is coming

The goose is getting fat

Please put a penny 

In the old man’s hat

No don’t panic; this is not a request for money! It was just a reminder that Christmas is getting very close. This year, like last year, is still plagued with the effects of COVID and somehow the thoughts of Christmas seem quite remote. However, if you watch British TV, you can’t help but notice the impending arrival of the festive season.

Christmas is a very important part of the Christian calendar and we would fail to celebrate this at our peril.

Of course, for many people Christmas is a time for giving and receiving presents, of eating great food and drinking perhaps a little more than we should. The very idea of bringing religion into Christmas, or any other of our major calendar events is an anathema to many people these days.

For Wellspring Church, Christmas is possibly the greatest event in the calendar. This is not the time to debate whether Christmas or Easter is the greatest event. Christmas plays a pivotal part in our lives. It’s not about good food and lots to drink – it’s about the birth of the Saviour of the world.

In John’s Gospel the Bible tells us that God so loved the world that He gave His only son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.

Christmas is the time when that gift came into being. Almost two thousand years ago, in a small town called Bethlehem, Jesus was born. It was a very lowly birth; no sterile hospital; no attending physicians; just a cattle shed, a few animals and a very nervous husband. It may have seemed insignificant, but that birth changed the world forever. Our world today is changed because of Jesus. Whether you believe in Jesus or not, your world would not be the same. For one thing you would not have the Christmas holiday to look forward to!

As was said above, Wellspring Church consider Christmas one of the two major events in the calendar and it will be celebrated in a very time-honoured and traditional way. On Sunday 19th December at 11am we will be holding a Carol Service to celebrate the birth of our Saviour.

We meet in the room above Trevi Bar, Camposol B and we will gather round our tables with coffee and mince pies. We will sing some very traditional carols and perhaps a new song or two. We will hear the Christmas story from the Old and New Testaments of the Bible and we will watch a video or two of other people celebrating this great event.

Will you join us for the Carol Service? You will be very welcome. There will be free coffee and mince pies, but most of all there will be the warmth of Christian love from people who truly believe that the Saviour of the world was born at Christmas two thousand years ago.

There’s an adage which says Jesus is the reason for the season. We are in no doubt about that and we will place our celebration of His birth far above the festivities of food and drink.