Christmas time, as the song says, is the most wonderful time of the year. And we totally agree with this at our church in Manchester!
It’s a season which is busy with all the preparations for the big day as well as the parties and gatherings to enjoy. But the festive period can also mean a time to reflect on life as the year comes to an end and a new year comes into view.
The Bible talks a lot about looking back and remembering the great things that God has done in our lives. As we read the Old Testament, we see that many of the festivals and practices that God told the Israelites to keep were to remind them of Him and of what he had done in their history.
For example, the Passover meal is full of symbolism to remind believers of the way that the Lord led them out of Egypt and the Feast of Tabernacles has the practice of living in temporary huts to commemorate the years that Israel spent wandering in the desert.
Psalm 77:11 says “I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes I will remember your miracles of long ago.”
As a church in Manchester, we celebrate the fact that we have been serving the community for 44 years and have a great history of all the wonderful things that the Lord has done both in the lives of individuals and in our life together as a group of believers.
We are grateful for the ways in which God has provided for us, brought a way where there seemed to be no way through a challenging situation and brought growth and health to us as a church.
As we approach 2018, we are confident that God will lead us into a new season of seeing the vision fulfilled so that more people come to know Him and have their lives changed for the better.
If you are looking for a community of Christian believers to connect with and to do life with, then why not come to one of our Christmas events or our Sunday morning service?
We’d love to see you!
As you enjoy this Christmas time, why not take a few minutes to think of the things that you are grateful for and thank God for what He’s done in your life this year?
Bethany Church is a thriving Pentecostal church in Manchester. We are a multi-National Church family and a fun place where you can be yourself and find God. Contact us here.