Christmas Events & Services 2016.
Over the Christmas period, HBC either held, or were involved in, a number of services and events.
As last year, HBC took part in the Hertford Town Gala through our ‘Living Nativity’; Helen Kemp recalls…..
“On Friday 25th November a team of HBC strong men assembled the stable for third ‘Living Nativity’ as part of the Hertford Christmas Gala. It was a mild and dry evening and, with great enthusiasm from the photographers, dressers and ticket distributor, 67 groups of people had their photos taken in a wide variety of combinations, with the youngest occupant of the manger being just a week old. We had a great time chatting to people, many of whom were coming back for their annual photo. The processing team did a grand job keeping up with the rush. Lots of the children recognised the setting from their school play and knew the baby was Jesus – so it was a good opportunity for others in the team to hand out leaflets about our Christmas services and explain that Jesus is for life, not just for Christmas! Many thanks to all who helped to spread a little of the joy in what Christmas is really about.”
Throughout advent we looked at some of the promises that God made through his prophets and see how they were gloriously fulfilled in Jesus Christ.
Hope that something better will come can sustain us through difficult times. God’s people in the Old Testament often went through trouble and hardship, usually of their own making. God promises them something better that is to come or rather someone better who is to come. He promises an anointed one, a Messiah, a Christ. Expectations varied about the nature of this one. Would he be a prophet, a priest or a king? The promises are there in the Bible that this one would be all that and more. God himself would come among them.
Of course Christmas also brings a variety of carol services. It was good to be able to welcome the U3A carol concert into our church again. We also held the Sele Farm Christmas celebration in the community centre and shared the good news of Christmas with a large group.
On Sunday 18th December we held our two evening Carols by Candlelight services which were thoroughly enjoyed by all who came. Each service was able to combine a mixture of carols, Bible readings, fun and a reflection on the true meaning of Christmas.
On Christmas Eve we held our crib service welcoming families with pre-school aged children as well as Benny the crossroads cat. On Christmas morning we celebrated with two all-age Christmas services.
It has been a great joy to share Christmas with so many people from our local community and we hope to welcome you again through the coming year.