For those of us engaged in church leadership, this can be a really busy time of the year as we see our diaries fill up with Christmas services, carol concerts, nativities and parties. It is also exciting to see the number of caring initiatives that churches across Pioneer are engaged with – homeless shelters, Christmas cafes, the Christmas Lunch on Jesus project and a whole range of other outreaches. Our prayer is that God’s people caring for God’s humanity will be the good news this Christmas season.
As we look to the New Year, here in Southampton we will be celebrating 50 years as a city in 2014. We recently met with the city council’s Chief Executive and explained to her the meaning of the Biblical Jubilee – a time of unprecedented harvest, when debts were cleared, chains were broken and inheritance was restored. This was the good news that Jesus came to proclaim – the year of God’s favour, a time of Jubilee! In 2014 we are exploring ways to celebrate Jubilee with the people of our city. Why not join us in proclaiming Jubilee in the towns and cities where you live and together we can continue to be the good news that our nation so desperately needs.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Billy & Caroline Kennedy