Christmas provides a unique opportunity to reach people who no longer ordinarily attend church. What’s surprising is that many churches don’t really engage the Christmas celebration to make the impact it could. Over the years at our church, the Christmas services win hands-down for both overall attendance and attendance by unchurched people.
It was a blessing listening to the many people who participated in this year’s congregational meetings. We asked how God was experienced in your church, what you pray the people of your church are known for in the community. As we enter this holy season, I find myself praying the following prayer, taken from the words you shared when I was with you.
It was more than he could handle. John Wesley’s movement was about taking the love of Christ beyond the institutional walls of a stiff and cold church and making that love practical, accessible, and truly transformative for the people who were at the very margins of life, struggling to exist.
Rev. Susan Brims
District Superintendent-East District
Phoenix, AZ 85014
P.O. Box 32830
Phoenix, AZ 85064
Administrative Assistant-East District