Christmas at the Wembley Church
HAPPY NEW YEAR
I extend warm Christian Greetings to you and your family!
Hallelujah, we made it through the festive season and into this new year. But can I take you back a bit just to share with you some of the things that we, at the Church of God of Prophecy (COGOP) Wembley, did Christmas 2016.
BASKETS TO THE ELDERLY – Each year we try to ensure that we give out practical hampers of healthy food and other provisions to people in our community and to brethren who are housebound.
This year was no different! Over 30 baskets were made up and taken to hospitals, homes and centres.
It was a joy to see the appreciation, of being thought of and remembered, on the recipients’ faces.
CHRISTMAS EVE – In our warm coats we set out to the streets with mics, drums, guitars, speakers, etc. and sung Carols and other songs to the community. We also had tables covered with goodies, biscuits, sweets, tea, coffee, and soups, for the passers-by. We were warmly received with smiles, people joining in the singing, tooting of car horns, and well-wishing waves from people on the buses. We had a good time declaring “joy to the world”.
CHRISTMAS DAY – 6am, Christmas morning, a team of twenty-four individuals attended our centre and prepared for and excitedly received the homeless men who were found, sleeping behind bins in the dense cold. It was our Pastors who went out in search of them, bringing them back in our Community minibus. The rough sleepers were welcomed by cheery staff with a hot beverage of their choice, toast, fruits, etc. whilst we personally prepared each of their breakfast requests. It was good to chat with them and to seek how we might further be of assistance, to them. We made sure that before they left we equipped them with good clothes and shoes which were donated to the cause. This included new hats, scarfs, socks and gloves that we hoped would help keep them warm.
Each person also left with a specially wrapped gift which was made for them by the children of the Newman Catholic College, Harlesden, NW10, sent to us via Serena Balfour of US Charitable Trust. These gifts contained a Christmas Cracker, toothbrush, deodorant, mini body wash and other useful provisions, designed in consideration of a homeless persons’ needs. So I take this opportunity to thank the children and their supporting organisation for their great act of kindness. We do not do things by halves at COGOP Wembley. After our Sunday morning church service, we sent out a team to Northwick Park and Central Middlesex Hospitals where Christmas services took place in 5 Wards.
Yes, the teams could have been in their beds longer or spending time with their families instead of at the hospital, but they chose to honour and recognise the celebration of Christ’s birth by loving the ones he came to save.
But those seasons have now passed and we are blessed to see a New Year!
What does this year hold for you? As we cannot see into the future, no-one really knows but that must not stop you from having a plan. Why? Because “if you fail to plan then you plan to fail” and that must not happen to you. So, Dream Big! Have a Vision! Work your plan and let part of your plan be to come and visit us at COGOP Wembley as much as you can. We are here with warm open arms and have a calendar full of activities waiting for you. Don’t miss out! I have met some of the nicest and caring people this world has, right here!
Finally, Jesus is not just “the reason for the Christmas season” but in ALL seasons and every situation of your life. Trust Him to hold and bring you through the good and bad times of life. He will grant you “the Peace of God which passes all understanding” it will keep you, heart and mind. Let that be your assurance in 2017.
Good health and God’s richest blessings.
Sister Sar’i McLean, Wembley’s Public Relations Director