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Hello

Thanks again to those who continue to support our Foodbank Sundays on the 2nd Sunday of the month. The next day for donating items will be this Sunday - 9th of December.

Our Christmas Afternoon Tea will be on the 15th of December at 2.30 pm. Tickets are available now with a donation of £6 for lovely food, drinks and a fun afternoon led by Joy and Paul. If you have any donations for Tombola or raffle, they will be gratefully accepted now and raffle tickets are on sale too! Everyone will be most welcome – just come along and pay at the door.

The next Hub will be 20th of December when they will hold their Christmas Party. If you can manage along you will have a good afternoon with tea, coffee and home baking. Tickets are £3.50. The next Hub will be on Thursday 20th of December and it will be the last one till after the new year.

Sunday School is on each Sunday at 11 am. The Girls’ Brigade is on a Wednesday evening and Boys’ Brigade is on a Thursday evening. These are all open to boys and girls of primary and secondary school age. Everyone will be made most welcome. Just come along and join.

Other groups who meet in our church each week are:

The Learning Together Group which meets on a Wednesday night at 7pm. Come along to join with others to discuss the Bible.

If you would like to have a coffee come along to the Tuesday Coffee and Chat at 10 am. (You can also get toast if you want it!)

The Craft and Hobbies doesn’t meet over the winter time. I will let you know the date for starting again in the new year.

You will be made very welcome at all of these and if you want any information about any of the groups who meet in the church, just ask and we can let you know!!!

If you want to add anyone to the prayer list, please let me know. I know that folks do appreciate your prayers.

Scripture: As is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet: "A voice of one calling in the desert, 'Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him. Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth. And all mankind will see God's salvation.'" Luke 3:4-6 (NIV)

There are only twenty days until Christmas! The most asked question you hear at this time of the year is ‘Are you ready for Christmas?’.  What do people mean when they ask if you are ready for Christmas? They usually mean things like...

* Do you have all your shopping done?

* Have you put up your Christmas tree and all the decorations?

* Have you sent your Christmas cards?

* Have you finished baking all the Christmas goodies?

Are you ready for Christmas? What things do you need to do before you will be ready? There is another question that is much more important than "Are you ready for Christmas?" That question is, "Are you ready for Christ?"

In our Bible verses today, we hear the voice of John the Baptist crying out to the people, "Prepare the way for the Lord. Fill in the valleys and level off all the mountains. Make the crooked roads straight and the rough places smooth." Did John the Baptist really want the people to work on the roads? What John wanted was for the people to get ready for the coming of the Messiah. What he really meant was that the people needed to get their hearts right and return to God. No matter how good people may think they are, there are always some crooked ways and rough places in their lives. There are things such as dishonesty, selfishness, pride, jealousy, and many more. John wanted the people to make those crooked ways straight and rough places smooth so that Jesus could come and walk among them.

During this special season of the year, we need to make sure that we are ready for the coming of the Christ of Christmas. We need to look into our hearts and ask God to make our crooked ways straight and smooth out the rough places so that we can walk with Jesus each day of our life.

Dear Father, we want to be ready. Make our crooked ways straight and our rough places smooth. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

This week continue to pray for our church friends who are ill at home or in hospital and for those who would love to be in church but are unable to get there because of ill health - Christine, Christine, Vena, Sylvia, Sheena, Janet, Graeme, Helen, Isobelle and Jean. Pray for all those who care for and support those who are ill at home and in hospital.

Church is on each Sunday and is always followed by tea and coffee in the hall so come along and worship with us at 11 am. 

God bless

Laura

Laura Fleming- Session Clerk