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The Best Christmas Ever?

Do come and join us as we celebrate the wonderful reality of Christmas together!

Saturday 9th December, 6-8pm – ‘a Night in Bethlehem’ come and experience an imaginative reconstruction of Bethlehem at the time Jesus was born. Make and take craft stalls, food stalls, live animals and nativity exhibits.  FREE.  All welcome

Sunday 10th December, 10.30am Turn Up Nativity Service – Turn up, Dress Up and take part (Shepherds, Angels, Wise Men)

Saturday 16th December, 10.30am Carol Singing with St Nic’s Church at Mid Kent Shopping Centre.

Live Nativity in Town centre in the afternoon

Sunday 17th December, 10.30am, Family Carol service

Tuesday 19th December, 5-6pm, Carol Singing outside Dunelm Mill

Sunday 24th December, 10.30 Short Service, ‘The Coming King’

6.30pm Christmas Eve Carols by Candlelight

Monday 25th December, 10am Christmas Day Family Service

On the way! The Bethlehem Experience

Food! Animals! Craft!  FREE!

Decree

Hear ye, hear ye

By order of his Royal Majesty, the Emperor Caesar Augustus, it is decreed that all the world is to be counted and taxed.

Therefore, let each person and family come for

‘A Night in Bethlehem’

At

Allington Baptist Church

On

Saturday 9th December 2017 6pm – 8pm

to be taxed according to the law.

Donkeys must be tied on the east side of the building and enter through the proper gate.

Everyone is encouraged to dress in Biblical attire to enter the city.

Bring a blanket for your family to rest on from your long journey, you may find that the inn is full.

Refreshmentsand craft activities will be available in the open market.

Each family will be assessed for taxes. (coins will be provided).Those disobeying this law to appear, will be sentenced to a holiday season without the true spirit of Christmas.

So let it be written. So let it be done.

Caesar Augustus

 

All hands on deck!

Come and join us as we clear Autumn leaves from the carpark at 10am on Saturday 11th and 25th November. Your help would be much appreciated!

Here I Stand

Just back from an excellent commemoration of the Reformation Anniversary in Jubilee Square and later at a packed out United Reformed Church.  We began at 2pm in Jubilee Square with a reenactment featuring John Ball, a lollard follower of John Wycliffe, Thomas Hitton, the first English Protestant martyr, executed here in Maidstone, and Kathryn Allingham, one of the seven 1557 Maidstone martyrs, killed for sharing the Scriptures and selling grain cheaply to help the poor.  We then processed through the town bearing a copy of the Castle Church door with the 95 theses nailed to it, an early copy of the Geneva Bible, and banners proclaiming 500 years of Reformation freedom.  At the URC, after a brief coffee break we filed upstairs to the main hall where the organist played one of Luther’s chorales, and we sang the great Reformation Hymn ‘A Mighty Fortress is our God.’  We were welcomed to the service by ‘Martin Luther’ and it later ended with many local ministers praying blessings on the other churches in the town.

Here is the full text of the prayer I had written:- ‘I Martyn Colley, pastor of Allington Baptist Church, pray for the blessing of these churches.  Out of the darkness light.’  That was the watchword of the Reformation, and I pray that the light of Your word would shine in the ministries of these churches, and through them may it be known in our town.  Martin Luther said that the true treasure of the church is the holy gospel of the glory and the grace of God.  May these churches be rich in the knowledge of that treasure.  May they be united in the truth of Your word.  May they always be listening to Your voice and reforming themselves in the light of Your word.  I pray that they would be captivated by the great truths of the Reformation.  May they know Scripture Alone as their highest authority.  May they trust in Christ alone as their only Lord and Saviour.  May they trust that they are right with God by faith alone, which leads to fruitfulness in good works.  May they recognise that we are saved by grace alone, and may they live always to the glory of God alone.  I pray these things in Jesus’ Name. Amen.’

See our picture gallery for some photos from the event.

Quiz Time! Test the Brain again

Time to test that old grey matter again.   Do come along to a Quiz at ABC on the evening of Saturday 11th November, and bring a friend (or indeed a whole team)!  Refreshments provided.  More details to follow.  See you there!