It’s not long 'til Christmas and we love Christmas at Portswood Church! It’s great spending time with family, giving gifts, eating delicious food and best of all celebrating the coming of our wonderful saviour, Jesus! Although we know that for some people it can be a difficult and lonely time of year and so we pray for those that find it difficult.

This year we’re running a social campaign called ‘What makes me feel Christmassy’ where we’re encouraging people to upload pictures of what makes them feel Christmassy and vote for the best submissions on our website. Get involved! Tell us what makes you feel Christmassy, it might be eating mince pies, decorating the Christmas tree or singing carols, … let us know! Take a photo or draw a picture and upload it to the website. There’s no prize but each week we’ll be posting the most popular image in pride of place on our facebook page.

There’s loads going on at Portswood Church over the Christmas period, here are some of the activities happening:

We’ve got our annual Portwood Church Carol service on the 20th! Although this year we’ve got two! For the first time, at 4pm, we’ve got a children’s carol service especially for families and children with carols, games, craft, drama and refreshments afterwards. This is followed at 7pm by our usual Carol service, full of great classic carols in a candlelight atmosphere followed by mince pies and a mulled ‘winter warmer’ - a great way to get into the Christmas spirit! Come along, I’m sure it’ll be a great evening! Here’s the video from last year’s service.

On the Sunday 13th, we’re excited to be involved in "Carols on the Rec" with Highfield church and friends of the rec. it was great event last year, 600 people enjoyed the carols, brass band, Christmas tree, lights, glowsticks, free refreshments and festive atmosphere. The event is from 4:30 to 5:30, entrance from North end of Grosvenor Road. You can find out more information here.

We also have the popular children led service on the 13th, when the children from our church prepare a little performance for us explaining the Christmas message, it usually involves music, acting and lots of laughter! I’m really looking forward to seeing what they’ve got in store for us this year!

And we couldn’t start Christmas Day without celebrating Jesus’ birthday! The all age service starts at 10:30, catching the excitement of the day and celebrating the wonder of the best gift ever, Jesus. It’ll be a great way to start the day by focusing on what it’s really about.

Although they’re not here at Christmas we don’t want our students to miss out so on the Sunday 6th after the service, we’ll be cooking a delicious Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, it’s the perfect way to wrap up the term before heading home for Christmas!

And then there’s the Christmas social for those in their 20-30s - more details about this event to follow but it’ll be after the “Carols on the Rec” on the 13th, starting at 7pm.

Have a great Christmas!