Pastor Ian Sweeney – President British Union Conference
On behalf of the British Union Conference, I would like to extend season’s greetings to all our church family.
Quite obviously 2020 has been a most remarkable year which has been defined by Covid-19 and all the devastation that has been left in its wake. Most of us have felt the painful touch of Covid whether for ourselves or with our families and friends.
With so much negativity and talk in the United Kingdom about ‘cancelling Christmas’ because of lockdown restrictions we can easily forget that we have an Advent hope. This Advent hope came in a real way 2000 years ago when Matthew commented (Matt 1:23 KJV) “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”
Emmanuel is a name that has contemporary relevance, for God has been with us through 2020.
Life has not been easy in 2020, but we are not alone because “GOD IS WITH US!”
I do not know what 2021 holds, but I know that God is with us, and we can anticipate His Second Advent.
May God bless us all, as we live and share the wonderful truth of our Saviour Emmanuel.
Pastor Richard Jackson – President North England Conference
The end of 2020 brings a natural time of reflection, which for many of us will be a time of sadness given the losses that we have suffered during this year. However, we continue to pray that all members of the BUC will look towards the new year, 2021 with hope, knowing that…”the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” (1 Peter 5:10)