From Rev Felicity Al-Hassan

Christmas Letter to the Church Family, December 2020

Dear Everyone,

‘The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son and they will call him Emmanuel (which means ‘God with us’)
Matthew 1: 23

As we have journeyed through this very bewildering and tough year, which even now continues the knowledge of ‘God with us’ has, I’m sure, provided us with much needed comfort, reassurance and Hope despite the troubling reality.

This year our Christmas celebrations as a church family are nothing like we would have wanted them to be and in your homes too I imagine that Christmas celebrations will not be the same as usual.  These are troubling and dismal times right across the nation and yet Christ is born and the celebration of that thought and imagination defying move of God is one to be treasured and celebrated.  Emmanuel is with us. 

I hope that in the somewhat pared down Christmas celebrations this year we will joyfully (re)discover Emmanuel, God with us and journey into the new year allowing that special discovery to lead us in new and different ways.

And so I wish you a very Happy Christmas.
May the true meaning of Christmas and the true meaning of the indwelling of Emmanuel journey with you at this time and in the coming year in which we pray for Healing and Wellbeing.

May it bring us strength, Hope, Peace and above all Faith in the one who comes and makes his dwelling with us.  Faith to love, faith to pray, faith to share and faith to seek justice for the downtrodden and marginalised and to practice acts of mercy in His name 

Emmanuel.
God with Us.

 

With loving prayer and best wishes
Revd Felicity


Redhill Methodist Church, Gloucester Road, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 1BP
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