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Welcome to St James Church Brownhills with Ogley Hay

Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” Matthew 2 v 2


We are now journeying through Advent, and towards Christmas. This is an important and significant time of the year, as it is that period of the calendar when we think and reflect on the fact that God has entered our world to be one of us and share our full humanity; Emmanuel; God is with us and for us!

 It is so reassuring to know that we have a God who truly knows what it is to be human, because in Jesus He has experienced the full human experience; friendship, grief, hunger, thirst, rejection, laughter, waiting and fear, basically life!

And yet it is a time when we are so busy, and in the midst of that busyness that we miss the significance of who and what we are celebrating. Just imagine if the shepherds were too busy with their sheep or if the Magi were too busy reading their books. Not only would they have missed the most important event in human history, we too would have been deprived of these events and their witness to the miracle of God coming to us, as one of us.

This year the church of England is running a campaign called ‘Follow the Star’, and the hope is that more of us can spend just a few minutes each day to reflect on the Birth of Christ; maybe over a coffee or as you open your Advent calendar and enjoy the chocolate treat!

As a church we will have a full programme of services throughout Advent and up-to Christmas, and we would love for you to join us

at as many of these as possible. Read our magazine, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook to keep up to date with all we are doing.

And you will get the opportunity to follow the ‘ ADVENTures of Joe the Christmas Elf!’ Joe will be posting details of what he gets up to during Advent, so watch this space – or least Facebook and Twitter! What will the New Year bring? Forget the predictions and let’s just focus on the Lord of the Universe and trust our future to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, whose miraculous birth we are celebrating!


With every blessing for Advent, Christmas and the New Year, Dave & Sharon Bishop