Methodist Church UK: November 2020
GodIsWithUs Christmas 2020
It is fair to say we're all a bit uncertain about what Christmas is going to be like this year — and perhaps we're feeling a bit anxious about this. It's also fair to say that this year as much as ever it is critical we reach out to people who aren't part of our churches. The Christmas message of Emmanuel — the good news that God is with us — feels perhaps more pertinent than ever before in this extraordinary year.
The Methodist Church Christmas campaign for 2020 #GodIsWithUs seeks to share this good news through twenty-four stories of individuals and their experiences of this extraordinary year. Each day of Advent we will share a testimony from somebody connected to the Methodist Church reflecting on what hope has looked like for them this year and how they have experienced God with them.
The individuals whose stories the campaign tells include those who have felt the painful effects of isolation this year, who have experienced extreme poverty, who have struggled with poor mental health, who have lost loved ones — like so many millions of others. But ultimately, incredibly, God's loving presence radiates from each of them in beams of powerful hope. Hope that is so necessary for such a time as this.
The campaign name, which ties in with our Presidential theme for the year, of course comes from John Wesley's purported words on his death bed: 'the best of all is, God is with us' which reminds us that even in the times which feel most uncertain, we can be certain of God. Who do you know who needs to hear this message over the coming months?
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