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‘Journey to Bethlehem’... without going too far from home

PostedMonday, 27 November 2017

‘Journey to Bethlehem’... without going too far from home

Over the coming weeks there are sorts of special events, including nearly a month of surprises in Kirkby Lonsdale’s Advent Calendar.

Lots of Carol Services will happen around the parish in the coming weeks – you might think of these services as invitations to ‘Journey to Bethlehem’.  You will find full details in ‘Around Kirkby Lonsdale’.

Journeys were a feature of the first Christmas:

Mary and Joseph travelled from Nazareth to Bethlehem to get registered; shepherds journeyed to Bethlehem to find the baby, who was lying in a manger; wise men travelled a great distance to see the new born king.

An attractive feature of this parish is the way that the special events and services that celebrate Christmas are community occasions.  A Community Candlelight Carol Service is, just as the name suggests, an occasion when a community gathers, journeys to Bethlehem’ and celebrates Christmas together.

Look out for the special ‘Journey to Christmas’ artwork.  It has been newly created this year along with a booklet of carols.  The added bonus is that the carol booklet isn’t just something to sing from, it is something to take away as well:  A reminder that in a sometimes uncertain world, Christmas is all about journeying in hope.


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