Many of our neighbourhood missional communities facilitate “Reason for the Season” gatherings, which consist of a weekly potluck supper and conversations around Advent-Christmas themes. We have frequently used the traditional gifts of Christmas (hope, peace, joy and love) for instance. We have discussed favourite Christmas movies. We have shared favourite Christmas stories—personal, contemporary, and traditional. We have learned about the circumstances behind the writing of some famous Christmas carols and, indeed, tried to sing or play them too!
We have reviewed the Christmas traditions of our different cultures and heritages. And on the last gathering before Christmas day, we dwell in the Biblical story of God becoming flesh and moving into the neighbourhood. One year, this was entirely new and good news for one eleven-year-old in our midst. Another time an intriguing conversation ensued about believing in angels and virgin births.
The amazing thing is that no one seems to be offended or feel manipulated or coerced when we’re all side by side around the table. We’re just sharing the reason for the season together as friends and neighbours, and the Spirit is present like dew that no one can hold back, and no one can restrain.
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