Quiz Night!

Question markThe next Wesley Hall Quiz Evening is on Saturday 1 February – 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 go towards Church Funds

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

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December 2019

Dear Friends,

Nativity stained glassWhen I begin a long journey, whether by car, by train, aeroplane or even by foot, I like to have a good idea not only of where I’m going and which route I’m going to follow, but also where I’m going to stop along the way. Even if I use a Satnav I like to look at a map and have some idea where I’m going. When Mary and Joseph left home to register for the census, they had to leave home without such assurances. They could only hope that at the end of their jourey they might find an inn with a room where they could rest.

Luke chapter two tells us that Mary was heavily pregnant when she made this journey and Jospeh must have been desperately concerned to find a room where they could rest as they entered Bethlehem. But they were out of luck. Every inn in the town was full to the rafters, presumably because others were making the same journey! Yet one innkeeper took pity on the young couple, and rather than leave them out in the open, he offered them a cattle stall. Here it was, in these dirty, noisy, unhygienic surroundings, that Jesus, the Son of God, was born.

You can’t help wonder whether God couldn’t have arranged things a little better. Surely he might have arranged for this census to be taken at a less inconvenient time for this unfortunate cuople? Surely he could have arranged for a room to have been free in a Bethlehem inn and the local obstetrician to be at hand. Surely he could have chosen a more glamourous place for his Son to be born than a dirty barn.

Yet perhaps this was exactly what God had intended to happen. Perhaps he knew that only by being born into this humble Palestinian family, the son not of a prince but a carpenter, could Jesus grow to become the Saviour of the world. So this humble Bethlehem scene clearly illustrates the depth of the love of God for us his people. The great and mightly God who made and created this world, who has guided and sustrained his people since time began, is so concerned that we know and love him that at Christmastime he sent his Son into our world to be one with u,s that we might know his love for evermore.

Will you find room for Jesus in the inn of your heart this Christmas?

A Merry Christmas to you all,

Richard

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A Christmas Afternoon

Christmas cookiesJoin us for A Christmas Afternoon on 7 December.

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

Date: Saturday 7 December 2019
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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December dates for your diary – Advent, Christmas and New Year

Sunday 1 December is the First Sunday in Advent – for once, the church calendar lines up exactly with the Advent Calendars in the shops!  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 TreeSunday 1 December: Advent Service, 11am. We will light the first Advent candle during the Sunday Service.
  • Saturday 7 December: Christmas Fair and Afternoon Tea, 2-5pm
    Join us for carols, cakes and company – contact us for more info & tickets.
  • Sunday 8 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 15 December: Christingle Service, 11am
    Join us for a Christingle Service with our superintendent minister.
  • Sunday 22 December: Carol Service, 11am
    Nine lessons and carols.
  • Wednesday 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.

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

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Dates for your diary

calendarThe Wesley Hall Sunday Service details for December 2019 to February 2020 – including all our Advent and Christmas services and activities (Christingle, Carol Service, Christmas Fair and more) – have now been added to the online calendar. Please join us for any or all of these very special events.

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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Join the Beetle Drive!

Beetle Drive poster

Beetle Drive is coming to Wesley Hall!

Date: Saturday 16 November 2019
Time: 7.30pm
Tickets: £5 / £3 under 16 yrs
Light refreshments will be available

Don’t know how to play? Don’t worry – all will become clear! Join us for a fun and fundraising evening of Coleopterous frenzy 🙂

 

[Coleopterous = relating to beetles]

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Online shopping?

Easyfundraising Don’t forget that you can help raise funds for Wesley Hall whenever you shop online!

With the Christmas season fast approaching, it seemed like a good time for a reminder.

You can use easyfundraising to shop with over 3,600 retailers including Amazon, Argos, John Lewis, ASOS, and Booking.com – and when you shop, you’ll raise a free donation for Wesley Hall funds every time. It’s that easy, and always worth checking which retailers donate – you might be surprised [I was. Ed]. It’s not only shops, but insurance companies, travel companies, and more.

Help support us: https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/whmc/

You may have known about this for a long time, but always forget to go via easyfundraising when you’re actually shopping online. There are two new(ish) features which will help:
– The Donation Reminder automatically lets you know when you’re on any site that offers donations with #easyfundraising. It even highlights retailers who donate when you search in Google.
– And if you do most of your online shopping on your phone, the Easyfundraising App means you’ll never miss a chance to donate.

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