Christmas 2018

The Thrill of Hope

“A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices; for yonder breaks, a new and glorious morn!”

It’s so easy for our hearts and souls to become weary, and it can be so easy to lose sight of hopeYet, with the Christmas season upon us, it is our prayer that together we would be reminded afresh of the hope that came that first Christmas: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel (which means: God with us).” God with us. What a glorious truth! This Christmas, may you be reminded that Jesus is not only God with us, but He is God with you.

You know those times when you realize a bad situation is about to turn around? It’s a kind of hope interrupting. That’s the thrill of hope, coming like the first ray of sunrise that breaks open the night. He is here. He is with us. He is for us. He has never left us nor forsaken us, and He never will. When Christ left heaven to be placed in an animal feeding trough, everything changed for goodFor our goodGod became man to dwell among us, and He has never left us sinceMay you be encouraged with that truth this Christmas!

Sermon Series: Regift

Join us for our Christmas sermon series Regift as we celebrate Advent on Sunday mornings at 10:30am.
 
December 2: Regifting Hope
December 9: Compassion Sunday
December 16: Regifting Joy
December 23: Regifting Love
 
December 24: Candlelight Service 6:00-7:00pm
 
December 30: New Years: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Christmas Project: Clementia Learning Centre, Lebanon

Clementia Learning Centre Kids
Instead of doing Operation Christmas Child this year, we’ve decided to give to a ministry in Lebanon led by one of our missionaries, Bechara Karkafi. The Clementia Learning Centre has been providing a safe, stable learning environment to refugee and other underprivileged children in Lebanon for several years now. With your help this Christmas, we can provide more refugee children with an education and the opportunity to know Jesus Christ — what better way to celebrate the birth of Christ than to partner with one of our missionaries to bring the hope of Christ to refugee children and their families!
 
FUNDRAISING KITS ARE AVAILABLE BY THE WELCOME CENTRE
 
To raise funds for this ministry, you can follow along with the FAIR (Fellowship Aid and International Relief) Advent calendar each day to add funds to your FAIR bank. This can be a thought-provoking method to give in a way that honours Christ, all the while reflecting on the blessings we as Canadians often take for granted.
 
Please return your FAIR bank to the Welcome Centre on either Sunday, January 6th (Epiphany Sunday) or Sunday, January 13th.

 December 9th: Compassion Sunday

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Guest Speaker: Barry Slauenwhite, President of Compassion Canada
 
We had a wonderful Compassion Sunday hearing from Barry Slauenwhite and we praise God for 24 new child sponsorships! We at Stoney Creek now sponsor over 100 children!
 
If you weren’t able to be here, you can listen to Barry’s message on our sermons page.
 
If you would still like to sponsor a child, you can do that any time of the year through Compassion’s website!
 

Why do we love partnering with Compassion?

Compassion works exclusively with local churches that are known and trusted by their neighbours, and because of this, they are able to reach those in the greatest need. Compassion equips local church partners with the resources, training and expertise to help children escape poverty. Each church is empowered to implement the program in a way that meets the specific needs of the children they serve, and it’s all done in Jesus’ name! Compassion connects you and the church around the world to end poverty in the life of that child and their family, and to see Christ’s church built up to the glory of God!

December 24th: Christmas Eve Service

Prepare your hearts this Christmas by celebrating the birth of Christ at our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service! Carols, readings, a devotional message, and a special time of candle-lighting together. Bring your entire family, neighbours, and friends as we celebrate the birth of our Saviour! Monday, December 24th from 6:00pm – 7:00pm.

Advent Resources

Advent is a time of preparation, a time to remember all the ways God has come to us and will come, and a time to prepare ourselves for the coming of Christ again. Below are some recommended resources for you and your family to celebrate the birth of our Saviour this Advent season.

Unwrapping the Greatest Gift

Unwrapping the Greatest Gift (by Ann Voskamp)

Each day, families can read the provided Scripture passage and engage with a specially written devotion to help children of all ages understand the Advent theme for the day. This book can be ordered on Amazon or at Creation Bookstore in London.

Jesus Storybook Bible Advent

Jesus Storybook Bible Advent Readings

Free printable resource available here.

Daily readings from the Jesus Storybook Bible to prepare you and your family for Christmas.

Good News of Great Joy

Good News of Great Joy (by John Piper)

Free PDF available here. The booklet has 25 devotional readings beginning December 1 and going through Christmas Day.  It aims to put Jesus at the centre of your holiday season.