We all know the Christmas story inside out and back to front. The donkey, the manger, the angels and shepherds and a star. But Christmas is not just a quaint annual tradition. At the heart of the story is a baby whose arrival changes everything, for all time. The first Christmas is the moment on which all of history turns, and in which all of creation is offered redemption.
This Advent at Worle Baptist we will join with those at Milton and Clarence Park Baptist Churches on an Advent journey, based on a book by Jo Swinney (published by BRF), in which will explore the significance of Jesus’ birth in the context of the whole Bible.
We invite you to sign up for an Advent devotional journey based on the book and produced by LICC. This 25-day devotional journey will help Christians explore the Christmas story’s place in the whole biblical narrative – and reflect on how Jesus’ birth promises redemption for all of our lives and all of creation.
Each day features a short reflection and a prayer prompt, both responding to a Bible verse. Throughout December, we will focus on five key stages in the biblical story. Each of these sections covers five days, and will connect to the theme on the Sunday Morning Service:
God’s creation of a good world
Humanity’s sin and fall
The hope offered in the Old Testament
Jesus’s birth and ministry
The redeemed new creation he makes possible
You can sign up to receive the journey free via email or on the YouVersion App from November 2023. The first prompts will become available on 1 December.
Starting in Genesis and working through to Revelation, we will see how Christ came to a world worth saving; how human sin affects every part of life; how God promised to redeem all of his creation; and how in Jesus, God made good on that promise.
Christmas Service and Events
Sun 3rd Dec 10:30am:Advent Worship Service “The Very Beginning Of Christmas”
Sat 9th Dec 4pm: Seasonal Words & Music with Eclectic Voices A lovely opportunity to listen to a selection of seasonal songs and poems. Also, some carols to sing! Refreshments served. Free entry with a retiring collection.
Sun 10h Dec 10:30am: Messy Church “Where it all went wrong”
Sun 10th Dec 6pm: Prayer Evening
Sun 17th Dec 10:30am:Advent Worship Service “Waiting in Hope”
Sun 17th Dec 6pm: Carols By Candlelight
Sun 24th Dec Christmas Eve 10:30am: Advent Worship Service "Almost- But not quite yet”
Sun 24th Dec 5:00pm: Carols in the Carpark
Wrap up warm, bring a mug for your hot chocolate / mulled wine (served from 4.30pm. Download the carol sheet HERE)
Sun 25th Dec Christmas Day 10:30am: Christmas Family Service “A Baby Is Born”
In the service the children are welcome to bring and show a present that they have received.
Sun 31st Dec From 9.45am: Breakfast of toast / pastries / drinks 10:30am: Worship and Reflection for all ages.