But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favour with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High." Luke 1 v 30-32
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Beyond the tinsel, presents, parties, food and drink think about the reason for Christmas! I’m not a Bah Humbug person but with all the commercialisation and advertising for Christmas, all the planning who visits who and on what day so we don’t upset anyone, I do think we have missed the point of Christmas.
A few years back Joan Osborne released a single called ‘What if God was one of us?’ Well in a sense He is! God the creator of the universe has a desire to have a meaningful relationship with us but we collectively chose and choose to ignore Him. People have either a mindset of saying there is no God or that God is a remote being and we couldn’t get close to Him even if we wanted to. God created us in His image so we have ability to choose, to love and have great imagination but even so we can’t fully grasp what God is or could be like.
Most of us can picture a baby, relate to a boy growing up and picture a grown man – he may look different to each of us but we can picture such a person. Well God chose to become ‘one of us’ by being born as a baby, growing through childhood into manhood when He then had a travelling ministry of teaching and living in a way that showed the character of God. This God, Jesus, was born in poverty, became a refugee and in childhood grew up in a foreign land before being able to return with his family to his home country and lived until he was thirty as a labourer in stone masonry and carpentry.
He only came to prominence for three years which ended, in part, through His death by crucifixion. I say in part because His life didn’t end at the cross because He rose again and then this God ascended back to his real home of heaven.
Christmas is a time when we can consider and celebrate the start of this God ‘being one of us’ as we retell the story of His birth. I invite you to join us at the Baptist Church at the following events:-
Community Carol singing at the Barley Mow on Tuesday 13th from 7pm;
Sunday 18th at 11am for interactive family carol service – the journey to Bethlehem
Tuesday 20th at 7pm for traditional carols by candlelight service and then on
Sunday 25th – Christmas Day service at 10:30am to celebrate the birth of Christ Jesus.
May this be the beginning of your journey of faith and relationship with Jesus and may we be part of that journey with you?
Andrew is at the Church most Tuesdays and Wednesdays when not out visiting, do drop in if you are passing he will be pleased to see you.
Pastor Andrew Croft
If you have a more pressing pastoral need go to our contacts page for details, if he is unable to answer the phone please leave him a brief message and contact number.
We are a small rural Church situated in the community heart of the village of Witnesham, which is 5 miles from Ipswich. We are an open fellowship and all who love the Lord Jesus are invited to receive communion. We are friendly and informal and always give a warm welcome to visitors arriving at our services and activities. Come and give us a try, we would love to see you.
Worship times can be found by clicking on these links to our services and diary pages.
We have committed involvement in our local area including "Open the Book" teams serving local schools.
There is always something happening during the week at WBC including our free Drop-in Cafe.
See the activities and diary pages for futher details.
A Post Office Outreach service can be found in the conservatory room on Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings.