Updated: Jan 3
Christmas is always a busy time, despite covid-19 we have still managed to celebrate the real meaning of the season in a variety of ways, making it one of the busiest festive periods for a long time. At Christmas we remember and celebrate Jesus (God’s son) coming into the world he created because he loved us.
This year Libanus delivered over 1,000 Christmas leaflets, we also distributed 500 free Christmas editions of the evangelistic magazine Ask produced by EMW. The birth of Jesus results in peace, joy and hope for all who know and trust in him. Here is a brief round up of just some of the things we did this year.
Christmas Shoeboxes Every year we support the Samaritans Purse shoebox appeal. We believe that children across the world deserve to receive a gift at Christmas, regardless of war, famine, or poverty we want children to enjoy. More than this as a Church we want the whole world to know the best gift at Christmas which is that Jesus has come into the world to bring forgiveness.
Not even the Covid Pandemic could stop us this year, as a Church we have boxed 68 physical boxes with some from the Church opting to organise a box through the Appeal’s website.More than just ensuring that over 70 boxes have been created one of the children in the church also did a sponsored cycle ride, cycling over 20 miles, raising £400 for Samaritans Purse. Well done to you! We would like to thank everyone who helped us to pack and supply boxes to be sent across the world and we would ask that members continue to pray for these boxes and the Children and families who might receive them that the good news of Jesus would go out.
Christmas advent Calendar
Our virtual advent calendar was very
well received last year so this year we released a second series for 2021. Each day from the 1st-25th December a different member or friend of the church walked us through the Christmas story. You can still watch all of these videos on our YouTube channel. A big thank you to everyone who gave up their time to help support this and a special thank you to Jess who edited and added images to all the videos.
Libanus Tots Party
On Friday 10th December we had our Christmas Party for toddlers group. We sang a variety of Christmas songs, made some stars, angels and learnt about the Christmas story. Thank you to all the helpers, parents, grandparents and guardians for your continued support. We also gave every child and carer a present and goody bag. If you would like to come to our Tots Group please contact us and we will let you know when we can restart (Covid permitting).
Christmas Family Service and Lunch
On Sunday 12th December we had a Christmas family service where John Woolley reminded us that it would be foolish to have your presents on Christmas Day and leave them wrapped and unopened. So why do so many people not accept and embrace the greatest gift ever given, Jesus himself. After our service we enjoyed a buffet style meal and a Christmas quiz. Thank you to everyone who helped prepare the food and make it such a lovely family gathering.
Talk and Tea
On Thursday 16th December Talk and Tea had their Christmas event where we gathered around a plentiful Christmas buffet. We also had a lively Christmas talk from Alastair Flanagan. We also had an entertaining Christmas themed quiz. Talk and Tea is a fortnightly event at 12:30 on Thursdays (Covid dependent) where we have an engaging talk and a light afternoon lunch. You would be more than welcome to join us.
Traditional Carol Service
Sunday 19th December marked our traditional Carol Service where over 70 people gathered to sing and learn about the relevance of the Christmas story. A recording of our service is still avalible if you would like to watch and listen to us singing some well loved Carols.
Christmas Day Service
As always on Christmas morning we gathered for a short service of praise, rejoicing and thanksgiving for what God has done in sending Jesus. Our entire Christmas Day service can be found online if you were unable to attend.
Boxing Day Service
Due to the change of covid restrictions we moved our Boxing Day Service online for you to watch whenever you have a spare moment free. Christmas is over but if you know Jesus then you will know joy, peace and hopein him.
We trust you had a great Christmas, but remember even though the season is over there is still a deeper joy that can be found by trusting in Jesus. This joy is not just for Christmas, but it can be know and experienced all year round.
If you would like any help support or if you want to know any more about what we do as a Church please do get in contact with us.