But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.
It’s almost hard to believe we’ve reached the end of yet another year. And what a year it’s been, with COVID 19 affecting so much of our lives – professionally, educationally and socially.
Christmas in 2021 is much more poignant, given so many events in 2020 were cancelled – though the true meaning of Christmas wasn’t cancelled!
The heart of Christmas is the simple story of God sending His Son, Jesus, to be our Saviour.
There’s no doubt this is amazing news, which is well worth celebrating, as we remember how Jesus came into this world to change the way we live. But we all know the true meaning of Christmas can often be lost in the busyness of the festive season.
May we invite you, and your family and friends, to celebrate Christmas with us at Emmanuel and pit Jesus back at the heart of Christmas! As you will see, we have events to suit every age group, and every taste, in the lead up to Christmas. Be sure to mark these dates in your diary and don’t miss out on celebrating the greatest Christmas gift of all.
We wish you a wonderful Christmas and pray God’s richest blessing on you, and your family and friends, this Christmas season and in the year to come.
We have limited numbers for all our Christmas services and ask that you register in advance. You can book your FREE place here https://prayin.io/nys-xyj-dfs Scroll down to find the event of your choice. Please be sure to use one entry per person – including children.
The wearing of masks is optional, but could we ask that you do not attend if you are showing COVID 19 symptoms. This is a courtesy to others attending and ensures the safety of everyone – especially over the Christmas period. Thank you for your understanding.
Offerings from our Christmas services will be shared between the following organisations, both of whom are working with vulnerable children:
- Operation Christmas Child Distributing shoeboxes in Eastern Europe & Africa
- Philippine Community Fund Supporting children in Asia through social enterprise
LIVE AT EMMANUEL: LAUREN HOUSLEY I’m delighted to welcome back Lauren Housley and her fabulous band, consisting of Thomas Dibb and Mark Lewis, to play the last gig of her ‘Girl From The North’ Winter UK Tour at Emmanuel Church, Billericay at 7.00 pm on Sunday 19 December 2021. It’s no secret that Lauren is one of my/our favourite artists and I can guarantee that we’re in for an outstanding evening of live music.
THE PANTALOONS: HUMBUGGED (A CHRISTMAS CAROL PART II) I’m delighted to welcome the marvellous, madcap and crazily inventive Pantaloons Theatre Company back to Billericay on Thursday 23 December 2021 to perform a brand new adventure that’s part supernatural time-travel heist, part seasonal sequel …