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What are you looking forward to about Christmas?

This morning we celebrated two events rolled into one: the Girls Brigade enrolment and the first Sunday in Advent! Three advent chocolates have been consumed; we’ve all seen the advert with Kevin the Carrot; and we’re already day-dreaming about tapping a chocolate orange (or hitting it with a hammer). But is this really what Christmas is all about? Is glitter, baubles, and candy-canes the most we can look forward to? Whilst these are all great things that get us in the Christmas mood, this morning we heard a different story – that Advent is about waiting for the birth of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Join us to find out the full story during our Advent and Christmas services over the next few weeks.

Sunday 10th December: 10.30 am – normal service
Sunday 10th December: 6pm – East Durham Churches Together Carol Service (with the Salvation Army band)
Sunday 17th December: 10.30 am – café church service
Sunday 17th December: 6pm – Carol Service
Sunday 24th December: 10.30 am – Christmas Eve service

 

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Fundraising, Fellowship and Faith

It has been another busy week at DCBC. The Girl’s Brigade had a pyjama-themed fundraising event in support of Children in Need. The girls joined in with games and crafts as they raised £98, which will go towards the charity’s vision of making sure all children in the UK are safe, secure, and have the chance to fulfil their potential.

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We rounded off the week – and our 67th anniversary celebrations – by walking from Edge Court down to the Garden Gate Café at Crook Hall. All two-legged and four-legged friends were well fed and watered before tackling the hill back up to Gilesgate.

 

 

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Celebrating over 60 years of DCBC

Our church anniversary service today marked the beginning of another new year for Durham City Baptist Church, as well as providing an opportunity to reflect on the challenges and blessings of the last year. In our café church style service, we thought about how many people in our congregation have made huge decisions over the past twelve months – the decision to travel to the UK; to swap one type of employment for another; or to give up work and return to studying. Even though the road is not always easy, we considered how God has been present throughout the last year, supporting us as we raised funds to repair our formerly pot-holed carpark; as we welcomed children to our holiday club during the summer; and as we started our café church services.

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains-
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
The Maker of heaven and earth.”

(Psalm 121)

As we look to the coming year, we are excited about continuing and growing our regular activities – which you can find out about using the tabs above – and about going wherever God leads us.

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Kicking leaves and thinking about creation

Kicking leavesI was out walking the other day, and I found myself kicking leaves that were lying on the pathway. This has always been a favourite pass time of mine.  It was then I realised that autumn was fully with us. I enjoy autumn. I love the trees changing colour, the fields harvested and the large round bails waiting to be collected and stacked in barns, the berries on the shrubs and trees, along with a host of other sights that give a sense of completion.  One thing I miss these days is walking along by the River in Wear with Gandalf. Gandalf was my Labrador and this time of the year the horse chestnut trees showered down upon the earth their prickly green fruit. I would pick one up and peel off the green outer coating, trying hard not to impale my finger on the treacherous spikes. The risk was well worth it for inside was the wondrous chestnut, the beautiful swirling browns, like a magnificently polished orb.

ConkersSuch experience, like gazing upon the chestnut, always makes me consider the wonder of creation. Such a simple thing a chestnut, yet, so wonderfully made. It is a very small part of the gift which is creation. The smaller speaks of the greater, the magnificent panoply that is the created order, from the vastness of the myriad of stars to the sub-atomic particle, from the wonder of the great whale frolicking in the ocean waves, to the smallest insect scuttling over the sun baked ground. All this speaks to us of the magnificence, the splendour, the wonder of the created order.

Note the language I use here is that of creation. What I have spoken of above is not first and foremost nature but creation, the work of God. The psalmist writes concerning the wonder of God’s creative power, The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. The psalmist in another place writes, When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place. The world around us is God’s gracious work, He did not have to create anything but out of his magnificent loving benevolence he created that which was other than himself and He placed humankind within it as His steward to care and nurture that which he brought into being.Universe

Now there are many things we could go on to write concerning God’s creation and our place within the created order. Humankind’s stewardship of creation for instance, or the New Testament’s teaching on the place of Jesus Christ as the agent of creation and the end to which creationCelebration is moving. However, this is not the place to develop these interesting topics. My point is to draw attention to the God who is supreme over creation as well as creator. For, He is alone worthy of praise and adoration for his mighty works; yes, in salvation, but also in creation. So we finish with some words from a well-known hymn.

O Lord my God
When I in awesome wonder
Consider all the works
Thy hand hath made,
I see the stars,
I hear the mighty thunder,
Thy power throughout
The universe displayed:

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to Thee,
How great Thou art! How great Thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art! How great Thou art!

 

Ronnie Wynd

Sunday Service

Cafe Church

This year has seen an exciting new development at DCBC – the launch of our new “Café Church” style service. These take place on the first Sunday of each month at 10.30 and last about 1 hour. They are suitable for the whole community, as there are activities and crafts for the little ones (and the young at heart!) as well as opportunities to take part in music, worship, discussion and reflection.

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Craft Group

A new year, a new set of crafts. Our craft group meets fortnightly on Monday evenings at 7pm for creativity, coffee and fellowship. All are welcome to come along, whether you just want to sit and chat, or get on with a project you have on the go. We also have some talented knitters, sewists and crafters who can give a helping hand with a tricky project.