Christmas: a life-changing challenge!

Merry Christmas! Christmas greetings to all — and particularly to those who have been working to support the eye-care services in Malawi (it couldn’t be done without you!).

As we see growing political, financial and social uncertainties at home and abroad, it’s easy to be fearful for the future. But Christmas is all about a wonderful, hopeful gift, and it’s this: the “Word of God became human [that’s Jesus] and made his home among us” in order that we may have an abundant life. This is not a call to ignore the big nasty world outside, and to escape to some private spiritual experience. Christmas is a call to find our true selves and true purpose so that we can engage with the world, equipped and resilient enough to survive well — and even to thrive.

But it’s a gift with a challenge, of course: abundant life can’t flower in the same body that harbours greed, hate or envy, for example. But Jesus both shows and provides the way through: embrace him and we enter a loving, redemptive and healing story that becomes our story. Our family’s story, our neighbourhood’s story, and ultimately, the world’s story.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year everyone !

Mulled wine and mince pies Saturday 15 December

Colchester Vineyard: mulled wine and mince pies

On Saturday 15 December we’re getting together to celebrate Christmas with the traditional mulled wine and mince pies, together with some traditional Syrian food from our friends at Falafel and More (9 Queen Street, Colchester). It will also be a get-together of Focus on Malawi workers to celebrate all the amazing work they’ve done in the past year. All welcome. Starts at 19:00; call 01206 622712 for more info and venue details.