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