Tagged with: Christmas

The Loneliness of Convenience

Elise Lamsdale |

We all know that the best part about Christmas is the food, right? Sure, spending time with family, sure, all the presents, sure, celebrating the Saviour of the world, but really I’m here for the food coma and I don’t...

Stand Alone Talks: Light Breaks In

Liam Thatcher |

It’s no coincidence that lights play a huge part in how we celebrate Christmas; the whole story is about light breaking into darkness. In this talk from our Carol Service, Liam considers the message and challenge of Christmas, and how...

Compassion at Christmas

Tim Frisby |

At the Carol Services on Dec 10th we will be taking up a special offering to raise money for one of the Compassion projects we support in Rwanda. Gikomero Child Development Centre is run by the local Anglican church and...

Got The X-Mas Factor?

Liam Thatcher |

52 sleeps until Christmas! Unless you take a siesta in the middle of your working day, in which case it’s more like 89. Or if you’re an insomniac – hey rejoice, only one sleep until Christmas! But more excitingly, it’s...

O Come, Emmanuel

Liam Thatcher |

At our Carol Services on Sunday we reflected on the name of Jesus – Emmanuel: God with us. And we took a moment to pray for our city, our nation and our world, asking that we would know Jesus as God...

When God came to the Wrong Place

Liam Thatcher |

I saw some people walk into a shop the other day. A parent and his child. As they came face to face with a gleaming display unit, I heard a word spill from their mouths in unison. Only one expression...

The Student Christmas Party

Esther Faulkner |

The clocks have gone back, the leaves have fallen and the evenings are getting darker, but there is a light amongst the seeming autumnal gloom. Christmas is coming! Ever since I can remember Christmas has been one of the highlights...

The refugee crisis, the church and the coming Christmas time

Johan Eldebo |

Over the last three years I have met families who have fled conflicts, in Lebanon, South Sudan, Congo, the Central African Republic, Burundi and Mali. I have spent time with parents who have had to leave their children behind as...

Theology Matters: The Gospels: Session 1 – Context

Liam Thatcher |

What was first century Israel like? Who were the main players of the day? And into what kind of world was Jesus born? 

This first session of Theology Matters will help us to understand the historical background of the gospels...

Stand Alone Talks: The Promise of Christmas

Tim Frisby |

At the heart of the Christmas story is a powerful promise, that God wants to be with us. In this talk, Tim Frisby looks at the promise of Christmas, and the invitation to bring Jesus into the very centre of...

Christmas Prayer

ChristChurch London |

‘To us a child is born, and he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.’ (Isaiah 9:6) Wonderful Counsellor, who orders all things by his wisdom. We ask that you would draw close to us...

Stand Alone Talks: Hope and Disappointment

Andy Tilsley |

In this talk from our 2014 Christmas Carol Service, Andy Tilsley looks at the subjects of hope and disappointment, and how the story of Christmas offers a message of hope for all of us.

Loving London at Christmas

Kat Tait |

My name’s Kat and I’m a Christmas junkie! And yes, I’ll take any excuse to start doing Christmassy things from September! So for the past few weeks, the Connect: South Central Neighbourhoods group have been running a Christmas stall at...

Holidays are coming…

Liam Thatcher |

Christmas can be a bewildering time of year, where everything we think we know gets turned on its head. Trees are uprooted from forests and planted indoors; Starbucks swaps their customary white cups for a festive shade of red; and...

Stand Alone Talks: Unto Us…

Joel Kendall |

Why do we still celebrate the birth of a baby thousands of years ago? What is the lasting significance of the Christmas message? In this talk, Joel Kendall looks at Isaiah 9 and the promise of a child who will...

Unto us… A child is born

Rich Fishlock |

Donning my reindeer hide and caribou boots, with my husky harness in hand, I recently boarded a plane bound to Helsinki. Was I starting a journey to visit Santa? Or to discover the northern lights? Was I even wearing the...

Advent: A Light to the Nations - Luke 2:22-38

Joel Kendall |

In the final week of our series, Joel looks at the story of Simeon and Anna and their joy at meeting the baby Jesus. We see that this child’s birth is the answer to ancient promises, and the hope for...

Stand Alone Talks: Christmas Carol Service 2012 - Luke 2:8-14

David Stroud |

This week, at our annual Carol Service, David Stroud looked back at the events of 2012, good and bad, and considered how the message of Christmas offers hope to a broken world.

Advent: Peace on Earth

Liam Thatcher |

Many details of the Christmas story are well known: no room at the inn, the child born in a stable and laid in a manger. But is it possible that we’ve become so familiar with the Christmas Card portrayal that...

Advent: The Son of David - Matthew 1:1-21

Andy Tilsley |

A young carpenter from a royal line hears some puzzling news about his virgin fiancée. This week Andy Tilsley looks at the story of Joseph, and how he would become the father to the promised Son of David.

Advent: A King of Justice

David Stroud |

First century Israel was a complex place, with corrupt rulers, national oppression and a seemingly-silent God. In the first week of this new series, David Stroud looks at the political and religious setting of the first Christmas and how this...

DNA: Courageous - Matthew 1:18-25

Joel Kendall |

In this, the final week of the DNA series we look at the example of Joseph and consider how to live lives characterised by courage and boldness.

Stand Alone Talks: Immanuel – God With Us - Isaiah 7:14

David Stroud |

In this talk from our Christmas Carol Service, David Stroud looks at the promise of a child who would change the course of history, and considers how the festivities of Christmas are hints of a time when the world will...

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