Jesus became LocalWhen I was about six years old and living in Northern Ireland, the local Churches staged a Christmas pageant through my home town complete with shepherds, wise men, donkeys, sheep, Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, Angels, flute bands, Union Jacks, burger vans and all. This event obviously had a veryprofound effect on my childhood imagination as it left me with a subsequent conviction that Jesus had been born, not in Bethlehem of Judea, but in Larne County Antrim! In my mind the Shepherds had been out in the hills high above the town tending their sheep when the angels sang out their message of good news, Mary and Joseph had travelled along the road between Belfast and Larne.King Herod just had to be my old headmaster, and of course Jesus was born in our Town Hall with a cast of hundreds looking on in adoration singing “Once in Royal David's City” by torchlight.Now I suppose you could be forgiven for dismissing all of this as merely the vivid workings of a child’s fertile imagination, however before you do so, let usreflect upon my thinking whereby I saw Jesus’ birth as being a local event. Is this idea so very far removed from the biblical account whereby Jesus set aside all the glory of heaven and came to earth to live among us? At Christmas we celebrate Jesus the Son of God becoming " local” for us, or to use the fancy theological term, we celebrate the Incarnation. I believe that in the Incarnation there is both freedom and challenge; freedom in that Jesus coming to us removes the need for us to reach up to God by our own (ultimately futile) efforts. The challenge of course is that Christ being local in this way also means that we find it hard to avoid Him when He wants to change our lives and begin the sometimes painful process of making us more like Him; something that many of us (myself included) sometimes find difficult to accept!Christianity teaches us that Jesus has been born right here among us and wants to live in the everyday life, work, and witness of His people by the power of the Holy Spirit not just at Christmas but every day and in every place and circumstance.Happy Christmas everyone!RobertRobert LeggeTeam Vicar, Parish of Kidderminster East
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At Bromsgrove we offer worship in a variety of styles, mostly informal, always including readings from the Bible which will be explained and applied to today, songs and hymns some from the days of the Wesleys and many written in the last few years. Currently the majority of Sunday mornings singing is led by an organ but at least once a month by a worship band of different instruments and vocalists. During the week there are opportunities to join smaller groups to read, discuss and pray for each other. We offer God’s love in word and actions on site (see weekly diary); in homes (through for example Crosslinks Befriending) and in the community often in partnership with other Christian churches – for example Street Pastors. If you come to a Sunday Service or week day activity we hope you will feel welcome. The church is committed to a Safeguarding Policy for children and vulnerable adults, has access for wheel chair users, T loop for audibly impaired people and large print word version of all that is needed in worship. (most of what we sing and say is projected on to screens).Oaks Community ChurchThe Oaks Community Church meets at ‘The Oaks’ Community Centre at Harvington (on the main A 450, close to Mustow Green traffic island).The church meets every Sunday morning at 10:30am and every Friday evening at 7:30pm. Refreshments are also available after the services.
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Priest: Rt. Rev. Mgr. Canon John Moran<Link>Harvington Hall Lane, Kidderminster DY10 4LRPhone: 01562 77731919 Stratford Road, Bromsgrove B60 1ASPhone: 01527 835843The Oaks Community HallWorcester Road,Harvington.DY10 4NSPlease contact John Davis on 07958 489994 or email email@example.com