It’s definitely nearly Christmas!! Although I’ve only seen frost twice yet… that’s the tropics of Falmouth!
I’m sat with fairy lights and candles making the most of the wintery feeling, all I need right now is a Starbucks gingerbread latte…
I have to say Christmas is just ever so exciting with students… maybe it’s because they finish on the 6th December, so Christmas indeed starts at the beginning of November! You definitely get double the Christmas! I may have already had 4 Christmas dinners…
It also involves lots of Christmas events with the CU! We had a Christmas meal with around 100 students, where many heard about the hope God gives, and we have some students who want to meet up and chat more about this and look into the bible with someone next term! The room was decked with candles, confetti, crackers, snowflakes and all things Christmassy! With us having a free meal every term then they are always well attended and many always come to a fabulous full Christmas dinner to finish the year.
We also had a carol service where we had many talented CU members in a band and had the fabulous Viva Voce choir from the university perform too. We invited them last year to come along and then they contacted us to ask if they could do the same this year! We also had a great talk on the historical, beautiful, indispensable Christmas. We had about 80 people there and everyone received a Luke’s gospel to take away with them. They’re part of the Uncover project check it out here… http://uncover.org.uk/
Christmas teams days were a joy too! It’s always great to meet with the rest of the team in the south west, have some teaching, eat together and catch up on the past month. On the train on the way home I also had a lengthy conversation with a guy about what the CU is and does, what it means to have a relationship with God and to experience his presence and I gave him a Luke’s gospel too. I’d put one in my bag just incase I ended up talking to someone on the train and there the opportunity came!
And our last Christmas themed prayer breakfast was so well attended and great fun! Check out this photo… it breaks all stereotypes of students sleeping all morning!
I’ll be back home in a week and I’m looking forward to catching up with people and having my first Christmas where it’s actually a holiday and I don’t have course work to do!
Christmas is such a great time to share about what it means for God to come down and be with us. So take this opportunity! And enjoy all the Christmas festivities!!
And on a slightly different Christmas note, if you want to check out a great 3 minute Christmas video on Christmas in dark places, then definitely give this a watch…