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It’s Christmas time

There’s no need to be afraid.  It’s the time of the year when more people attend Church than any other.

(e.g. https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/news/christmas-attendance-highest-level-more-decade.)

Is that as a result of more people who usually go to churches inviting those who don’t usually go to church?

Might be; might not be; it’s not clear.

It is more likely that more people go to carol services as it is a ‘Christmassy’ thing to do, a family tradition or a reminder of childhood.

Whatever: let’s make the most of it.

Like I heard evangelist Glen Scrivener say recently, imagine trying to arrange a national, no international, co-ordinated outreach for an extended period of time across churches of all denominations, which all people are happy to promote through playing music in shopping centres and sending out reminder cards and messages and getting it mentioned across all medias and in many conversations by all people, whether they live in a cardboard box  or in a castle…..

How can we make the most of it (Colossians 4 v 5)?

Think:

Who do you know well who does not know Jesus well?

Then:

Ask them what they are doing at Christmas.

Invite them to come with you to a carol service.

If they say no, ask them for a Christmas drink / coffee to get to know them better, there will be another time to invite them and keep praying for them.  You did great by asking them.

If they say yes, ask them for a Christmas drink / coffee before or after the carol service to make it more sociable and to give an opportunity to find out how they feel about the carol service and what was said.

You can also:

Share a Christmas video online to all your friends and followers (see some of Glen’s at https://speaklife.org.uk/)

Secret Santa at workplaces – suggest people use the money they would have spent on this to buy food for a food bank, gather it together and take it to the local one as a team.  People will ask you why are we doing this so think how you might answer it that will focus attention on Jesus, the ‘Reason for the Season’ (I’m not saying say that).

 

The angel said to the shepherds in Luke 2 v 10 “Don’t be afraid.  I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.”

That means it is good news of great joy for everyone – including those of us who are telling people the good news.

So, don’t be afraid.

Let’s joyfully help tell people that good news this Christmas – knowing that it’s Christmas time, the time of year people are most likely to say yes to an invitation to church and hopefully then at some point, to Jesus.

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