Quiz Night!

Question markThe next Wesley Hall Quiz Evening is on Saturday 27 January – come along to exercise your brain, or just to have a laugh!

  • Time: 7.00 for a 7.30pm start
  • Teams: Maximum 6 people
  • Tickets: £7 per person
  • Supper, tea and coffee provided during the evening
  • Please bring your own nibbles
  • There will be a raffle
  • All proceeds towards church funds

Contact us for more info and to book your team’s place. See you there!

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December 2017: Blue Christmas

Christmas Tree B/WO little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie!
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by.
Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting light.
The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.

Maybe the first thing we think about when we hear the term ‘Blue Christmas’ is the song made famous by Elvis Presley. And as we begin December no doubt this tune will be ringing out in stores and from radio stations very soon.

Or maybe it might refer to the colour scheme for your Christmas decorations. It is fashionable nowadays to have alternative colour schemes to the traditional red, green and gold.

But Blue Christmas also refers to the idea that for lots of people Christmas can make them feel blue. It is not a happy time, it is not the most wonderful time of the year. This may be because they struggle due to facing debt, homelessness, not being able to buy their children the presents they want. Or they are facing illness or a breakdown in family relationships, living with those who have drink issues or facing the first Christmas without a loved one. The pressures of Christmas are so great that suicide rates increase, family breakdowns rise, because the expectation at Christmas is to celebrate – to eat, drink and be merry – regardless of what we face.

But the real message of the first Christmas is one of God coming…

to those in difficult family relationships, a young girl pregnant in need
to a family forced to be refugees, to save their child from political powers
to shepherds in the fields who were poor and dirty and looked down on
to those living in darkness, pain, with death, fears.

The whole point of Christmas is not about avoiding the reality of real life, but finding God within it. That the good news is about giving hope and the promise of God’s presence to those who need it most.

Elvis sings ‘I’ll have a blue Christmas without you’ and I know this is particularly so for some in our church this year after bereavements, but may we know that Christmas, even if blue, is about knowing we do not celebrate it without God. And if we celebrate it truly, as the story of the first Christmas leads us to, then we will find hope, peace, light and God’s love with us, however we feel and whatever we face. And maybe we will find the most joy, peace and love by being there for others, be that through visiting the lonely, helping at meals for the homeless, giving to the foodbank or charities, protesting about injustices. So, then their Christmas may not be quite as blue as it might otherwise be… without you.

May you have a blessed Christmas and know Immanuel.

God is with us!
God is born in us!

Now that is something to celebrate.

Christmas Blessings.

Rev Dee

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A Christmas Afternoon

Christmas cookiesJoin us for A Christmas Afternoon on 2 December.

There will be stalls to browse and pick up some Christmassy treats and gifts, musical entertainment and a festive afternoon tea…
If you’re looking for a lovely afternoon to begin Advent and get you in the mood for Christmas, look no further!

Date: Saturday 2 December 2017
Time: 2 – 5pm
Tickets: Adults £5 / Children £3
Contact us for more info / to book tickets, or just pay on the door.

All welcome!

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Help your neighbour at Christmas – Gift and Toy Service

Christmas giftsSunday 3 December 2017, 11.00am

Next Sunday we will be holding our annual Christmas Gift and Toy Service, with donations welcomed for the Voluntary Services Lewisham Christmas Project. Your gifts will be made into hampers for elderly and vulnerable people and children in need in the local area.

Non-perishable foods and toys are needed, such as:

  • tins of meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, rice pudding, custard or cream
  • tea and coffee
  • biscuits, sweets and chocolates
  • jars of jam or marmalade
  • Christmas puddings
  • vouchers, money or toys (in good condition)

Here’s a 2015 video about the project:

We look forward to seeing you, and thank you for your support!

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December dates for your diary – Advent, Christmas and New Year

Sunday 3 December is the First Sunday in Advent and we will light the first Advent candle during the Sunday Service. It’s a busy time of year, so here are all the key Christmas services and events that are coming up at Wesley Hall:

  • Christmas TreeSaturday 2 December: A Christmas Afternoon, 2-5pm
    Join us for carols, cakes and company – contact us for more info & tickets.
  • Sunday 3 December: Gift and Toy Service, 11am
    Bring gifts for Voluntary Services Lewisham to use making hampers for the elderly and children in need in the local community. What to bring.
  • Sunday 17 December: Nativity Service, 11am
    Join us for a traditional Nativity service.
  • Sunday 24 December: Carol Service, 11am
    Nine lessons and carols
  • Sunday 24 December: Midnight Communion Service, 11.15pm
    Join us at Forest Hill Methodist Church.
  • Sunday 25 December: Christmas Day Service, 10.30am
    A slightly earlier than usual service. Children are asked to bring a present that they’ve received, to show & tell.
  • Saturday 31 December: Watchnight Service, 11.15pm
    Join us at Forest Hill Methodist Church.

We look forward to seeing you at one or more of these events and services!

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Dates for your diary

The Wesley Hall Sunday Service details for December 2017 to February 2018 have now been added to the online calendar.

calendarIncluded on the calendar are many Christmas dates and celebrations – as always, everyone is welcome to come and join us at this very special time of year.

Advent begins on Sunday, 3 December and we will be lighting the first Advent candle to mark the beginning of the season.

The calendar also includes other events, such as the regular Theatre Club, Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Brigade meetings.

Take a look at the calendar and if there’s something you expect to see but don’t, or if there’s anything you’d like to find out more about, do leave a reply and we’ll get back to you.

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Come to Wesley Towers for a dining experience to remember!

Wesley Towers poster

Friday 17 November 2017, 7.30pm
Saturday 18 November 2017, 2.30pm

Tickets £10 for adults, £6 for children,
please book in advance.

All are invited to the ‘Wesley Towers’ dining experience! This year’s Theatre Club Show is a cheeky and fun celebration of bygone comedy favourites, accompanied by a three course meal (what could possibly go wrong…?).

All proceeds to charity.

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