OCCBy the time you are reading this, many of you will have filled shoe boxes this year for Operation Christmas Child. I thought it may interest you to know a little about where the boxes go and who they go to. Last Christmas, nearly 1.12 million children received a special shoebox gift thanks to the commitment of supporters and volunteers across the UK. This is more than just an impressive statistic - it is the reality that each of those children will have been filled with joy at receiving a gift of love sent by children and adults. The boxes were received in 14 countries across the world and you can see how many went to the various countries.

The YouthHey everyone! Hope November has treated you well! I’m pretty excited right now because I reckon December and January are amazing months- there are so many cool things happening during them. Mainly, of course, CHRISTMAS!!

I absolutely adore Christmas, what with all the carols, presents, happiness, joy, peace (all that stuff) but most importantly the nativity. You can’t get better than a good old nativity story. But just remember, behind the cute barn animals, shepherds, wise men and the legendary Mary and Joseph, there is a magical story - a magical story that involves our Saviour being born.

Pretty awesome, eh?

I hope you all have a very Happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

God bless,

Grace xx

This article is a brief summary of my sermon on 9th October.  If you read it I would encourage you to do so with a Bible in the other hand to read the references as they appear OR click on the Bible references to read the verses online.  My words in the magazine are not important, what God says to you through His word is.

You may like to listen to the 9th October 'Stewardship' podcast which is here

Crash TeamThe Crash Team is Christ Church's answer to an emergency service for those living in Christ Church Parish or attending the church who need practical help where friends or family aren't available.  In the past we have helped provide transport to local or Bristol hospitals, shopping, meals, cleaning, visiting and generally supporting our members. The Christ Church Crash Team has been working beautifully in the background.  A mighty praise for all who have accepted to give time and effort in answer to my phone calls.  I can't thank you enough.

Jane MilsomA DAY IN THE LIFE OF . . . . . .

Jane Milsom Or 'is there a Troll in the toilet??!'

This sub-title came to mind after hearing the noise coming from one of the Spire Centre toilets and it occurred to me that problems like this or questions about maintenance are very much part of my daily routine.  I have also been known to take my umbrella and stand in the pouring rain, looking for leaks from the new gutters!  But it’s variety and no-one could ever say that my day is not varied.

I often start my day checking the buildings - maybe opening up the Vestry for use later in the day, or the Sound Room if Toddlers are in, (they use it to make announcements & to be heard above the many Mums & children chatting etc)  or on a Friday, putting out the numerous bits & pieces of recycling!

Steph and Richard CoatesThe Lord has blessed us - in abundance!

On that most wonderful sunny Friday in September, the Bride and her father entered Christ Church to the musical tones of Pachelbel's Canon, to be greeted by an absolutely amazing congregation.  What a turn-out - it took our breath away.  Thank you all in the Christ Church family for the overwhelming love that greeted us all, on Stephanie & Richard's Wedding Day.  We truly felt the power of your prayers and your singing - we rejoiced, we were amazed!