We give the praise to God for His grace and love to us. We were blessed with a joyful start to our Christmas Celebrations at SSCB. It has been an amazing team work to put together 3 (THREE!) different events for one day to celebrate the birth of our Saviour Jesus Christ! And it is not even Christmas yet!

Excitement was bubbling early morning on Sunday 19 December as the cast for our Christmas Trail in Inverleith Park gathered in the church to dress up in their costumes and have the first and final rehearsal of their lines! It was a bit drizzly out there but with an enthusiastic group of young and not so young following Donkey, the Christmas Trail started out at 10:00am. ‘Meanwhile,’ the Donkey, faithfully guided them along the Christmas story from Mary’s house to Bethlehem where, finally the three wise men worshipped the new-born Saviour, Jesus. Children and folks of all ages were encouraged to dress up as their favourite Nativity characters, so we had stars, a camel, angels, shepherds, and wise men in the crowd. Children had their activity sheets stamped at the stations and we sang a few carols to the amazement of the folks passing by.

We all returned to the church for a cup of hot chocolate and the Christingle Service. Kenny led our worship, teaching us how to make the Christingle. He told us the Christmas story, and he used his blowtorch to light the candles! We are delighted to say that no oranges or children were harmed in this! We dimmed the lights, and the Christingles gave the glow during the short message about Jesus, the Light of the World.

After the Christingle Service, Moira kindly cleaned the church, to make it safe for the evening, the screening of two Christmas specials by the film makers of The Chosen. First, we watched the moving story of The Shepherd, followed by this year’s Christmas worshipful special The Messengers.

In the midst of the renewed anxiety and fears of the pandemic it was a privilege to welcome visitors taking part, and delightful to see smiling faces, joy in the eyes, and hearing laughter and excitement from the lips, and notice the amusement and surprise of those passing by.

Our heartfelt thanks go to all who made this happy celebration possible! The glory belongs to God that we were able to do this, it is because of His amazing love taking shape in the birth of Jesus that really moved us all to do this. We did it to glorify Him, honour Him, tell His Good News that God came to be with us, show us his love by dying for our sins, saving us from the grip of sin, and the fear of the grave. To Him be the glory for ever and ever!

We pray you also will have the joy, excitement, and peace in your celebration this Christmas, which the living Lord, Jesus brings. Joy, excitement, and peace that surpasses all understanding and overcomes fear and anxiety in this pandemic and for ever!

From All of us at SSCB, We Wish You a Blessed Christmas!

[from GV]