Just in case you’d missed it, we’re into 2018! Which for us at Gaines Manor has meant our annual New Year House Party, maintenance, admin and more – read on to see.
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Verse for December
Matthew 1v21: “She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save the people from their sins.”
This is probably my favourite Christmas verse, as it sums up the true reason for the season – Jesus came to save us from our sin. It’s completely mind-blowing that the creator of the entire universe would choose to humble himself to such an extent that he would become a vulnerable baby, dependent on his mother. But it’s not just a verse for Christmas, as it points to Jesus’ mission of coming to earth: saving people from their sins – something of eternal significance to be forever grateful for.
December brought loads of snow here at Gaines Manor and therefore the perfect opportunity for our annual Christmas card shoot, to wish our supporters a Merry Christmas.
Being snowed in gave plenty of time to work on our newsletter, which went out in December: you can it view here (and if you’d like to receive the next one straight to your inbox, you can sign up here!)
Room 2 is almost finished: the ceiling and walls have been painted, window frames have been painted, kitchen is all fitted, and Thomas and Joe are very pleased with their tiling!
Just before we all had some time off over Christmas, the Gaines team went on tour to London to see a show; as well as showing Thomas, our German gap year, the sites of London – we even saw Prince Harry!
We had nearly 20 young people come and welcome in the New Year in style with us for our New Year House Party. We enjoyed a posh New Year’s Eve dinner, an afternoon of board games, a New Year’s Day walk, make-your-own mocktail with Joe as the barman, an all-star murder mystery, a film night (with popcorn), plenty of tea and cake, party cannons to launch 2018 with a bang, and of course lots of dancing! The teaching was on how Jesus makes all things new, even when we live in a broken and sinful world; it was so encouraging to hear the young people get excited about the new creation.
Moving Day! I’m still onsite, but now in a Rachel-sized place. I’m all settled in and enjoying calling it ‘home’.
MMTC has started back again after a break over Christmas; in the next few weeks we’ll be looking at Genesis, sex and sexuality, men and women’s ministry, and leading Bible studies, as well as continuing to get to grips with 1 Thessalonians in our teaching practice groups.
The New Year has brought with it a fresh round of admin for me (which I actually quite enjoy!). Making sure we’re organised for the upcoming youth group weekends, as well as the various Gaines-run weekends we’re hosting in the coming months: Dads & Lads, Dads & Daughters, World Cup Fever and Supersize (check them out under ‘Camps & Events’ on our website).
We’re all heading off to the Growing Young Disciples Conference next week, along with around 200 other youth and children’s workers from across the country. After that, the boys will be continuing work on the new laundry room, and I’ll be making sure we’re organised for the coming year!
- That the conference would encourage, equip and challenge us for the coming year of Gospel ministry here at Gaines Manor
- That as a team, we would be pointing each other to Jesus, when that’s easy and difficult
- Thanks that Room 2 is almost finished
- Thanks for a packed 2018 calendar of groups coming