It seems no time since we started our winter Bible Study programme in September – and here we are getting ready for Christmas and New Year! How time flies!
There will only be two meetings in December, when we will be in St. Elizabeth’s Church Hall. On 4th, Andrew will be leading us through Galatians chapter 5. Then on 11th we will be having Johanne Martin, representing Crosslinks, as our missionary speaker. Johanne worked for many years in Morocco among Arab speaking and Muslim people, particularly women, and she is now working in Northern Ireland and the Republic, reaching out to members of the immigrant population, teaching English and helping in the training of theological students in Belfast Bible College. It is difficult and challenging work and I hope many will come to hear her and support this important mission task, on our own door-step!
New Year is the time when we review the past and make Resolutions to do better in the coming[RP1] year. Have you ever considered joining others, in studying the most valuable[RP2] and least often read book in the world? It is designed to be perhaps the most important way that God uses to speak to His people and to guide them in the ways that He wants them to live for Him. It is our ‘handbook for Godly living’ and will help us to grow in our understanding of the Faith and point us to ways of serving the Lord. So if you haven’t done so already, would you resolve to come along this year and join us as we read and study it? We would love to see some new members!
During January we will be meeting every Tuesday evening in the O’Connor Room in St. Anne’s, finishing Paul’s letter to the Galatians and starting to look at Ephesians. Our guest speaker, on 15th January, will be Steven Halliday. Steven works with Crown Jesus Ministries – an organisation that reaches out to young people and has been involved for many years in our local schools. Again, it is good to support Christian outreach in our own community, and if you are free, we’d love to welcome you.
In the meantime, may I wish all our readers a very blessed Christmas, and a happy New Year.