London and Pilgrim Hall members have celebrated a joint 2-day Christmas retreat at the recently acquired Europe OC. At the retreat, members meditated about the meaning of the birth of Jesus, the coming of the Messiah that historically came to split the history of mankind between BC and AD.
The first day of the retreat started with a service where P. João delivered a message taken from 1 John 1:1-10. Afterward, there was time for Lunch, fellowship and games, followed by a Bible lecture taken from Matthew 2. There was still time for several children performances from a reading of a Christmas poem to several music choreographies. The day ended with a graceful prayer meeting where members could meet God deeply.
On Sunday, the retreat was closed with a Sunday Service and a sermon from Luke 2:1-20 focusing on the story of the birth of Jesus, and how this applies and impacts our lives even today. On the Sunday afternoon, members had various fellowship activitiesand held a conference discussing and making plans for some of the major challenges facing the churches at this time. The retreat was a time overflowing with grace, and over the next week prior to Christmas day, U.K. members will look to focus on the true meaning of Christmas and the coming into the world of our Lord and saviour, Jesus Christ.