We have some amazing event lined up for the festive season, from the big event of our beautiful Carol service, our Christmas meal, Carol singing at our local care home, Beer and Carols at our local pub and our creative advent project which will be revealed each day through advent. Further details below.
Sunday December 2nd – 4pm Decorating the church, mince pies and delivering Carol service invitations.
Sunday 9th –
3.45pm – Muriel Street Care home Carol Singing
7pm – Church followed by Beer and Carols at 8.30pm [Facebook invitation]
Saturday 15th – Christmas Meal (Email Helen to sign up)
Sunday 16th 7pm – Carols by Candlelight [Facebook invitation]
Advent is a time of beginnings. It is the start of the church calendar, and a time for hoping and praying. It is the fast that enriches the feast of Christmas.
Our annual advent project will begin in December, and as usual the COTC extended family near and far will contribute to our reflections.
As usual we are exploring a theme you are invited to sign up for one of the 25 days to contribute and image you have created or curated, along with a short descriptive text. Over the month we will create an online advent calendar of these images.
The theme is one which has come out of our sermon series this autumn. It is
Spend some time prayerfully reflecting on that theme and get to work creating or finding an image. Perhaps you can find some inspiration here. If you would like to participate, drop us a line, and you will be allocated a day. We will start the unveiling when Advent starts on 2nd December.
Theology is not an academic exercise, it is about survival in a chaotic world.
It is how we make sense of the brokenness and the beauty, how we discover who we truly are and what we are called to, and ultimately find our way home. This term at COTC we are doing practical theology, wrestling with essential questions – identity, meaning, freedom, love, hope and redemption. We will be sharing tools for survival and learning to navigate well though the wilderness of this life.
Join us every Sunday at 7pm
This term at COTC we’re going to be hosting a parish project called Lifting the Lid. It is a six-week Bible study course that focuses on our faith and mental health.
We’re going to start with the Bible; seeking to gain a better Christian perspective on mental health. We’ll be looking at well-known Bible stories to understand how God treats those who feel exhausted, rejected, hopeless and heartbroken. We will take what we learn about God’s approach and use that as a way to explore the mental health challenges faced by our community.
We’ll try to get as practical as possible – thinking about concrete ways we can support people in our church and neighbourhood. Finally, we’ll be spending some time in prayer together.
One in four of us will have a diagnosable mental health condition in our lifetime. Even in the healthiest community, there can be a lot at stake in opening up about mental health. People can sometimes be wary of sharing their experiences, or feel that only those with visible difficulties are in need of support. Opening up positive discussions can be challenging, as churches we can play a key role in lifting the lid on mental health, by creating spaces that listen and welcome.
If you come to studies, you’ll be encouraged to come with a listening ear, and to share only what’s comfortable for you. We’re inviting people from all three churches in the parish to come, to make for a positive experience of building community together.
We’d love to see you there.
Wednesdays at Church 7.30pm-9pm – upstairs in the Cloudesley Room