Christ­mas chill­out

Mata­mata Bap­tist Church is invit­ing ev­ery­one to re­lax into Christ­mas with their Christ­mas Eve ser­vice.

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‘‘The feed­back we have re­ceived from past years is that they can re­lax into Christ­mas with peo­ple they care about, so come with those peo­ple, and join with the big­ger com­mu­nity,’’ wor­ship leader Sel­wyn Love said.

As­sis­tant pas­tor Ian Good­man agrees. ‘‘Peo­ple find them­selves at­tracted to it be­cause the busi­ness of preparing for Christ­mas has died down and they sud­denly click into re­lax­ing fam­ily mode and they start to re­flect on what they are there to do, which is to cel­e­brate Christ­mas.’’

They find that peo­ple who don’t usu­ally go to church dur­ing the year enjoy the 40 minute ser­vice which in­volves carols, both favourites and not-so-well-known ones, a talk from Ian and skits around the theme of ‘what it’s all about’. ‘‘Christ­mas gets com­pli­cated, busy, and com­mer­cialised and we get back to the sim­plic­ity,’’ Sel­wyn said.

They ex­pect up­wards of 300 peo­ple to at­tend the ser­vice, which will also in­clude peo­ple from other churches. ‘‘That’s one of the neat things about Mata­mata – the churches all get along and cel­e­brate to­gether.’’

The mes­sage Ian wants to get across to peo­ple is that Christ­mas is about an act of God’s love in giv­ing them Je­sus.

‘‘We cel­e­brate that act of love with an act of love in it­self – the ser­vice,’’ he said.

The De­cem­ber 24 event, which is free, starts at 7pm at the Bap­tist Church which is lo­cated at 26 Tower Rd.

The fun fam­ily event will also in­clude sup­per of cof­fee, tea and Christ­mas cake.

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