We Welcome You!

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So I saw this on social media and thought I’d share it here too. I’ve adapted it to make it more personal to ABC. Coventry Cathedral were acknowledged on Facebook as the author but after popping along to their website they don’t claim to be the author – so if anyone reading this knows who the original author is do let us know so they can get the credit they deserve.

We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, widowed, straight, gay, confused, disabled, able-bodied.

We especially welcome wailing babies and excited toddlers.

We welcome you whether you can sing like Pavarotti or just growl quietly to yourself.

You’re welcome here if you’re ‘just browsing,’ just woken up or just got out of prison.

We don’t care if you’re more Christian than the Archbishop of Canterbury, or haven’t been to church since Christmas ten years ago.

We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome keep-fit mums, football dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters.

We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted.

We welcome you if you’re having problems, are down in the dumps or don’t like ‘organised religion.’ (We’re not that keen on it either!)

 We offer a welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or are here because granny is visiting and wanted to come to church.

We welcome those who are inked, pierced, both or neither.

We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down their throat as kids or got lost on the A40 and wound up here by mistake.

We welcome pilgrims, tourists, seekers, doubters… and most importantly we welcome you!

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Amazing. Wow!

Amazing. Wow! The Nativity was AWESOME! Everyone got involved with the audience participation.  Although…we nearly had a mis-hap… we forgot to bring the most important prop from the downstairs hall to the ‘main stage’..BABY JESUS!  Jokes aside, it was a wonderful service where we could share the greatest story of all time.

Huge thanks to everyone who; came along, invited people, got involved in the acting, the music, providing the props, and donated mince pies for after the service!

This Sunday is our Carol service. In ABC Kids we will be looking at the ‘Christmas Surprise’ of the surprising message from amazing messengers. Its a jam packed session where we will be  using our imagination and making plenty of noise, alongside quieter, less hectic activities.

No Rehearsal Nativity

This Sunday is our Nativity! A No-Rehearsal Nativity… #anythingcanhappen

We’ll be re-enacting that special night over 2000 years ago when Jesus was born.

We can use what we have learnt over the last few weeks in our ‘Christmas Surprises’ sessions.

Invite your friends and family along. We have costumes at the ready! EVERYONE will be involved in one way or another!

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We also have our Christmas Craft day on Saturday! Come along and enjoy making some Christmas related crafts… I think the walking penguins might be a hit 😉

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Christmas is coming!

So we’re busy preparing for Christmas here at ABC and ABC Kids have a few events lined up for the Christmas period.  Where we aim to share the Good News of Jesus’ birth.

Firstly, we have a Christmas Craft day on Saturday 10th December from 10 am – 2pm

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For more information take a look at our website or Facebook Event. We have discounted entry prices for families.

Next we have our ‘No-Rehearsal Nativity’ on Sunday 11th December, where anything can happen.  There are no rehearsals, just pop on a costume and take part.  We already have our Mary, Joseph and Angel Gabriel arranged. We need some shepherds, angels, wise men (and women!), innkeepers, a star, a donkey, and an audience in fine voice!

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We will then be having a party at our ABC Toddlers group on Monday 12th December

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Then we have our Carol service and Christmas Day service.

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We hope to see you at one (…or all) of our Christmas events.

If you have any questions about any of our events please get in touch at abckids@abergavennybaptist.co.uk

Jeremiah in the well

4-9-16 Jeremiah in the well
Session aim: To know that God looks after us

Last session based on Jeremiah this week!

To end this series the session is about being safe with God, despite external circumstances. Jeremiah had a pretty rough time being God’s friend.and being a Christian child in today’s world can be very hard. Hopefully through this story of Jeremiah being in a well, the children can be encouraged to speak up for God, even in difficult times.

Jonah obeys God

Date: Sunday 24th April
Session: Jonah obeys God
Series: Jonah
Bible Passage: Jonah 3-4
Session Aim: To find out what happens when God’s people do not do what he says and that God’s mercy is for everyone

Jonah’s story is about God’s love for everyone and about the need to recognise that in the way that we live. Do all people not matter what they’re background or lifestyle feel welcome in our church or do some feel excluded? What about those you will meet today, tomorrow or the future..? Learning about accepting everyone in God’s family is an important lesson for us all.
‘Sorry’ is a very familiar word and can sometimes seem to work like a ‘get out of jail free’ card. So hopefully this session can help our children (and us!) to understand that God wants us to change our behaviour and to not just say ‘sorry’