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Greetings <<First Name>>, welcome to this week's newsletter!

Advent
 
Yes it is that time of year already. We have already had our first Advent service and lit the candle of Hope. We have started our Advent theme of Anticipating the Rebel Jesus and are busy putting together our Xmas lessons and Carol service (Which I am very excited about).

Another exciting development is the possibility of snow soon. The thought of doing street church amidst a pristine white blanket, twinkly lights etc. A truly classic winter picture. Lovely!

Then it occurs to me. Yes, these things are great, exciting, fun, full of joy FOR ME, but not so much for those we support. Whilst I will enjoy a good sing song at our carol service there will be those there that are faced with the prospect of heading back out into freezing weather at the end. Whilst I enjoy the picturesque vision of street church surrounded by snow, there will be those joining us, desperate for a hot drink, some noodles and whatever warm gear we can offer.

Christmas is great. A time of love, joy etc etc etc for some but it also has a flip side. It is the most isolating and depressing time of the year for others. A time when suicide rates climb, when vulnerable people are most in need.

So, yes, we should enjoy Christmas to it's fullest but let's not take it for granted. This year let's make an effort to share that joy, share that love and, more importantly, share some of the time we have spare with those in need. MCC Brighton will be at the Clock tower Xmas eve offering a service for the homeless and vulnerably housed. Christmas songs, gift bags, hot drinks, food but above all family. After all, we are all God's Children, so shouldn't we be together at Christmas?

Have a truly blessed week.

Andrew

 

Viva La Revolución!

On Sunday the 1st of December we started our Advent series, entitled Anticipating The Rebel Jesus, SJ was the first revolutionary to take the stand. To listen to that again, and our other sermons, click here for our Youtube channel.

One of my favourite musicals, stage or screen, is Les Miserables, which is based on a book by Victor Hugo. It tells the story of several characters, including ex-convict Jean Valjean and his experience of redemption. It ends with the 1832 June Rebellion in Paris

One of the songs is Can You Hear The People Sing? and it asks the questions, "Will you join in our crusade? Who will be strong and stand with me?".

Christians have been on crusade before, and it is not a pretty part of our history. How about we make this Advent the start of a new crusade- a crusade of peace over violence, a crusade of love over hatred?

Come and join us on Sunday evenings as we hear more about the Rebel Jesus, and join us on Christmas Eve as we bring a little bit of Christmas to those who are lonely, homeless, or vulnerably housed.

Will you join in our crusade?

Blessings and love,
Philip

Heavenly Creator, watch over your children, especially those with no homes to return to at the end of long and weary days. Protect them from all harm and keep them from despair. Open the hearts and eyes of those of us with blessings to share and unite our voices in a call for justice.
As we learn more about your son Jesus, help us to walk in his footsteps, and to do what he did, for ALL your children.

In the many names of God we pray,
AMEN

If you have any ideas for worship songs,
readings, sermon themes, or study topics,
please drop us a line at
 suggestions@mccbrighton.org.uk
MCC Brighton's Social Calendar will be released soon. Activities are open to all and most are funded by MCC Brighton. For further details, please contact Philip.

philip@mccbrighton.org.uk
Click HERE for our Google Calendar.



THIS WEEK

MONDAY 9th-
Pastoral Availability- Mondays are Pastor Andrew's day off, please do not contact him except in an emergency.
 

TUESDAY 10th-
Worship Planning- Our Worship Planning team will be meeting at Andrew & SJ's to look at worship themes, readings, and songs. See Andrew or Philip if you would like to join them.
MCC Brighton in HastingsThe Quaker Meeting House, South Terrace, 4.30pm. Our twice-monthly Hastings worship service is an informal blend of Bible Cafe & our Sunday worship in Brighton. All are welcome to join us on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month.

Please note,
this will be the last Tuesday service in Hastings until the New Year,
and will be a carol service!


WEDNESDAY 11th-
The Hub- Salvation Army Congress Hall, Park Crescent (by the Level), 8.30am until 1. An advice & support chaplaincy for the homeless & vulnerably housed, with free food. Volunteers always needed. See Andrew if you would like to help.
Street Church- Old Steine Gardens. 4pm until 6pm. Informal worship & communion for everyone. Help with setup from 3.30 always appreciated.

THURSDAY 12th-
Community Office Hours- Alcampo Lounge, London Road, 12pm until 5pm.  Pastor Andrew is not available this week. Philip will be available for routine enquiries.
Bible Cafe- The Passenger Lounge, Brighton Station, 7pm until 8.30pm. Every Thursday evening we hold an informal and friendly Bible study, where all are encouraged to take part in the discussion. Contact us for more details!

FRIDAY 13th-
Street Church Hastings- Wellington Place, Hastings, 4pm until 6. Informal worship & communion for everyone. Help with setup from 3.30 always appreciated.

SUNDAY 15th-
Advent 3
Worship Service
- The Level, Ditchling/Lewes Road, 5pm. Andrew will be continuing our Advent series called Anticipating The Rebel Jesus.


IMPORTANT FUTURE DATES

THURSDAY 19th DECEMBER
Board Meeting-
Alcampo Lounge, London Road, 5.30pm. This is an open meeting and all are welcome to attend.
Christmas Meal- Alcampo Lounge, London Road, 7pm for 7.30pm. Let Philip know if you would like to join us.

SUNDAY 22nd DECEMBER
Advent 4
Carol Service
- The Level, Ditchling/Lewes Road, 5pm. We will be concluding our Advent series as The Rebel Jesus Arrives with MCC Brighton's version of the Nine Lessons & Carols! All are welcome, some Christmas goodies may also be available!

TUESDA24tDECEMBER
Christmas Eve
Christmas Eve Street Church-
Clock Tower, Queens Road/North Street, 4pm until 7. Join us for our 4th annual Christmas Eve service at the Clock Tower. We will be playing  lively music and serving hot drinks to the homeless and vulnerably housed. We will also have small gift bags to give away.

WEDNESDAY 25tDECEMBER
Christmas Day

Amongst other places Christmas Lunch is available for those who need it at-

  • The Hub- Salvation Army Congress Hall, Park Crescent (by the Level) 12pm until 2. Contact Frontline for referrals- 01273 607095.
    There will also be a carol service at 10.15am
     
  • St Mary's Church Kemptown- St James Street, 12.30pm. All are welcome. Offers of help to info@stmaryschurchbrighton.org.uk
    There will be a Sung Eucharist at 10am.

Street Church- Street Church will be taking a break today.

THURSDAY 26th DECEMBER
Boxing Day
Community Office Hours-
The Community Office is closed this week and will reopen on Thursday 2nd January.
Bible Cafe- Bible Cafe is taking a break for Christmas and will return on Thursday 8th January.

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