Christmas Day – Christmas Day 2020
20th December 2020 – Week 4 2020
13th December 2020 – Week 3 2020
6th December 2020 – Week 2 2020
29th November 2020 – Week 1 2020
#GodIsWithUs Christmas Campaign 2020
It is fair to say we’re all a bit uncertain about what Christmas is going to be like this year – and perhaps we’re feeling a bit anxious about this. It’s also fair to say that this year as much as ever it is critical we reach out to people who aren’t part of our churches. The Christmas message of Emmanuel – the good news that God is with us – feels perhaps more pertinent than ever before in this extraordinary year.
The Methodist Church Christmas campaign for 2020 #GodIsWithUs
seeks to share this good news through twenty-four stories of individuals and their experiences of this extraordinary year. Each day of Advent we will share a testimony from somebody connected to the Methodist Church reflecting on what hope has looked like for them this year and how they have experienced God with them.
The individuals whose stories the campaign tells include those who have felt the painful effects of isolation this year, who have experienced extreme poverty, who have struggled with poor mental health, who have lost loved ones – like so many millions of others. But ultimately, incredibly, God’s loving presence radiates from each of them in beams of powerful hope. Hope that is so necessary for such a time as this.
The campaign name, which ties in with our Presidential theme for the year, of course comes from John Wesley’s purported words on his death bed: ‘the best of all is, God is with us’ which reminds us that even in the times which feel most uncertain, we can be certain of God. Who do you know who needs to hear this message over the coming months?
Leeds Methodist Mission has provided a few resources that encourage reflection and creativity this Christmas.
Stations of the Cross
Walking the Stations is the best way to do them – because you can spend time pondering one station before you walk on to the next, but after taking advice we have decided to post them here to keep everyone safe. Again – read them slowly. Most of the stations have their roots in the gospel accounts of Jesus’ passion, death and burial – but one or two come from other sources – I don’t think this should worry us if the contemplation as a whole helps us to spend time with Jesus – and watch with awe and wonder his humble journey to the cross – and reflect on our own walk of discipleship.