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  • Salendine Nook Baptist Church

    Nook News

    Christmas 2019

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    Sunday Services Morning Service - 10:30am

    Christmas Events - 2019 You will be most welcome to join us at any of our events.

    Saturday 14th December - 10am - 1pm - Christmas Coffee Morning with Tower Brass

    Saturday 14th December - 7:30pm - Concert with Huddersfield Wind Band

    Sunday - 15th December - 10:30am - Advent Service

    Monday - 16th December - 7pm - Carol Singing in Salendine Nook Shopping Centre

    Sunday - 22nd December - 10:30 - Family Advent Service

    Sunday - 22nd December - 3pm - Christingle Carol Service

    Tuesday - 24th December - 7pm - Christmas Eve Carol Service

    Wednesday - Chrismas Day - 10:30am - Christmas Morning Service

    Sunday 29th December - 10:30am - Service

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    A Thought From Your Pastor Dear Friends

    As I write in this special Christmas Magazine for you, I am thinking of Christmas and the variety of choices that I have to make. One of those choices is what Carols I and we will sing over this Christmas period. There are so many to choose from that it would be great to be able to sing them all; but in reality that would be impossible. I wonder what your favourite carol is; maybe it’s a well known one such as ‘Joy to the World’ or maybe a little bit less well known, like ‘The Calypso Carol.’ So much choice, and yet they all seem to want to convey the same message and truth; that Jesus came into this world and lived among us.

    I’m looking forward to this Christmas as it means that I am able to celebrate the birth of Jesus once again – how about you? I’m also looking forward to this being our first Christmas together, with me as your new Pastor at Salendine Nook.

    The central figure of every Nativity scene is the baby Jesus; God incarnate within our world.

    For, at the heart of every celebration at Christmas time is the amazing fact that Jesus was born for me and for you. That God ‘so loved the world that He gave His only Son . . .’ (John 3 v. 16a).

    John in his Gospel in John 1 v. 1 – 18, expresses in such a way the ‘incarnation’ of Jesus that fullness of God’s love for us should never be lost. The love - gift of Christ is given freely, not with a cost to it, except your heart. I think there is something wonderful and amazing about Jesus being born in our hearts.

    There is something special and unique about having Jesus as our Saviour. We may not have riches on earth, but in Jesus, we have the riches of the Kingdom of heaven before us. So let me challenge us this Christmas ~ Will you choose the annual celebration of Christmas that comes but once a year OR will you choose Jesus, who will be with you forever.

    Your friend and Pastor - Ian

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    What image comes to mind when you hear the words ‘Traditions’. For some of you it will be full of stiff, stuffy, old-fashioned or out of date pictures. However, others may find traditions comforting and spirit lifting. One thing is for sure though, they don’t just happen overnight.

    For something to become a tradition, it is repeated over and over again, over a long period of time. Even if we do find the word ‘tradition’ limiting, it is part of all of our lives.

    Let me share with you one of our traditions that happens in the ‘Lovell’ household.

    Many years ago we bought a book to read to our 2 boys at the time. The book was called ‘The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey’ by Susan Wojciechowski. The book tells the tale of Jonathan, viewed by the people who live in his village, as a grumpy old man and the widow McDowell. She and her son have moved to the village, and have lost something very precious in the move. They call on Jonathan and ask him to use his skills in order to make a replacement of the item they had lost. It is a tale of gentle persistence, love and healing.

    The book has exquisite illustrations that enhance the text and really captured our children’s attention.

    Usually, on Christmas Eve, or one night in Christmas week, we would curl up on the sofa with a special hot chocolate and share this delightful book together. As the other 3 boys came along, they also joined us on the sofa. As time has gone by, the boys themselves have become the orators of the book, as they have read this wonderful story to the rest of us in the room.

    Like many traditions, we never set out to make one, but it naturally developed. It is something we now look forward to every Christmas. It brings comfort, warmth and even just the mention of the book brings smiles to our faces.

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    This Christmas, why don’t you give a little thought to your own traditions, listen to how your mind and body responds to them and connect with those around you. The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey has helped many to understand the teachings of Jesus.

    C HRISTMAS carols, or festive songs, might be based on fancy, forgotten traditions, or faith. Good King Wenceslas stands out from the others in that it is actually about a real human being. He was a duke rather than a king, but the song got the other detail right: he really was good!

    As a Christian in a pagan family he tried to live the faith in the most practical ways. He regularly fed the hungry, and the notion of him taking firewood to the poor in the depths of winter fits right in with what is known about him.

    Unfortunately, the world he lived in was not as kind as his heart was. He was killed in a power struggle before he had time to grow old, but the ordinary people remembered him with love - even to the extent of singing about him.

    In the song, a page-boy follows in his footsteps, and is warmed by them. But Wenceslas would never have thought of himself as the example to be followed. He was following a higher example, and learning as he did so.

    If we would be a force for good in this world, we might be inspired by the deeds of others, but when we look for an example, we might as well choose the best. Walk in the footsteps of the One whose footsteps Good King Wenceslas followed.

    The page-boy felt warmed in the snow by following his Duke. What wonders might we experience, walking behind the King of Peace and Love?

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    Why do we put up Christmas trees? Where do they come from and what, if anything, do they mean?

    Well the usual answer to the first question is: “It was Prince Albert. He introduced them”.

    Whilst that may be true up to a point it is clear that Albert did not originate the concept. Where did he get the idea from?

    Albert came, as is well known, from Germany.

    He was not the first person from that part of the world to join the British Royal Family.

    It may well have been Queen Charlotte, consort of George Ill who first set up a Christmas Tree in the Royal Household.

    Albert, however, assisted by a cover story in the Illustrated London News in 1848, should rightly have most of the credit for popularising Christmas trees more widely in this country.

    The German origins of Christmas tree in its current form certainly date back to the sixteenth century when Christians are reported to have brought decorated trees into their houses at Christmas time.

    Some people believe that the origins are even earlier.

    It is said that pagans in Northern Europe and Scandinavia used to regard the Oak tree as sacred.

    Early Christian missionaries, including, St Boniface (who was born in Wessex) are said to have used the triangular outline of fir trees to illustrate the doctrine of the Trinity - Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

    Sometimes the tree was decorated with apples, to represent the forbidden fruit and these developed over time into the round baubles that we see today.

    There is also a story that Martin Luther, the founder of Protestantism, first decorated his family’s tree with candles after seeing trees outside against a starlight sky.

    However they came into being Christmas trees are now firmly established in our lives.

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    They appear in private homes, places of work, in public places and in places of worship.

    There is nothing to say that they must be real or live or even green, it is the shape that matters not what they are made of.

    Some are decorated sparsely and some lavishly.

    Some are tiny and stand in the middle of a dinner table. Some are enormous and dominate public squares.

    Whether there is an Angel on the top or a star largely depends on family tradition.


    What does Christmas mean to us, Does it mean a lot of fuss?

    Gifts to buy and cards to write, A Christmas tree with candles bright, A turkey plump, mince pies to bake; With outward signs we all partake. We rush around, no time to pray, “ Oh, that can wait another day.” But stop awhile, just think it out

    What Christmas Day is all about, The day a tiny child was born, In stable bare, and so forlorn,

    The King of Kings who reigns above Cane down to bless us with his love.

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