10% of Hulme Hall, approximately, attended this year’s hall carol service, and the #Posada2018 figures were there too! Hulme Hall is one of the university halls of residence, and is within our parish area.
Just imagine if 10% of St Chrysostom’s parish attended an act of worship at the Church – that would mean over 1,000! Of course it’s not about numbers and institutions like halls, schools etc. have a higher proportion attending such events. Nevertheless it was an encouraging and joyful time.
Encouraging too to have a wide variety of cultures represented – European, Asian, African all joined together by the Christmas story. And all young adults too, aged, on the whole, between 18 and 21. A sign that younger generations can be open to fellowship and the insights of faith at this season of Advent and Christmas.
Christmas Carol Services are rightly welcoming, they take different forms, and draw people of different levels of belief. They also can challenge and inspire us all. Hannah led inspiring prayers which helped give the important message that while Christmas can be a jolly time it is also important to remember those close to God’s heart – those with very little, the imprisoned, those suffering under tyranny, and so on. As we see the Christmas decorations and festivities we also ask for the eyes to see and respond to Christ in the hungry, the lonely, the homeless, the ill..
Our Posada figures visit people where they are – where they live, where they study or where they work. Often God moves among us unrecognised. As the figures go on their journey around our community and area they encourage us to look for signs of God working among us.
Look out this Advent for inspiration or challenge around you.