Well done St Peters! Your generosity is wonderful.
Earlier this quarter, I set a challenge of collection 80 Christmas gift parcels for the children who FAMSA (Families or South Africa) work with.
And you did it! You reached the target.
We collected 12 school bags (with school shoes) and another 68 shoeboxes filled with stationery, toiletries and toys.
Here are the pictures from the collections and the party:
The deadline day was 6 December to drop off all the collected parcels. That morning after packing and sorting we had reached 71 packages. I was thrilled! We had set a HIGH goal of 80.
I sent out “thank you and congratulation” messages. Because you all deserved it. Your generosity was incredible!
AND THEN – after that message, one of our members at St Peters messaged me saying that they would bring anoter 9 gifts so that we could reach our goal. Amen!
80 children were blessed by your kindess. Tose children matter. They have a future. They are loved. And our little actions of kindness, reminded them. They are worth it!
I was thrilled at how the Christmas Play turned out this year. For me it was a sort of culmination (I really just wanted to use that word) of a great year with the children of our Sunday School. Thanks to the cast (kids and adults) who acted and for Dylan doing the sound and data. It was a great little production. The main message asking two things:
- What gift do you bring to Jesus this year?
- Could your offer your whole life as a gift to Jesus?
Our music team played at the Christmas Party at Silver Jare in Bethel. Here are two pictures from the party:
Here are some fitting verses that go with:
Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”
Hebrews 12: 28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, 29 for our “God is a consuming fire.”
We also captured Amazing Grace in a .video (click on the word video or click below):
When redemption begins
“So this was truly God,
Wrapped in a tattered blanket,
Love was finally here,
Sleeping while the world awakened,
And redemption begins,
With a baby in Bethlehem”
(When hope comes down—Kari Jobe)
I like the idea of Jesus being LOVE personified. That’s what the world needs. LOVE needs to be our motive of all we do. And then as the song says. God in humble beginnings: a tattered blanket.
Do you believe God is in your humble settings?
- Celebrate the LOVE of God in your life and in the world.
- How can you share LOVE with another? Is God showing you a new way, a new service of love?
- Ponder the humble setting of your life.
Come and celebrate the Saviour with us.
St Peters United
Darrel enjoys writing. (He is a bit of a blogger.)
Over this Christmas week, each day he will be posting a short chapter of his Backwards Christmas Story at his blog called Sacred Spaces which can be found HERE
Do go and check it out; if you like.
Well, should I say… free GOOD Christmas music.
RELEVANT MAGAZINE have put out a compilation Christmas album for 2015.
I uploaded two pictures will simple instructions on how to download it. Also I have suggested other artists too. Enjoy the festive season.
Here are one of my favourite songs off that album thus far: