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Dear Friends,

Every year I seem to say that I can’t believe Advent is starting – it seems to come so early! I am saying it again this year as this Sunday is the first in Advent. I do look forward to the first moment of ‘Christmassy feeling’ – I am never sure when it will strike, but it always does!

This Sunday, I have taken as an overall theme ‘Prepare…to be amazed!’ I remember as a child being delighted by the decorations, the carols, the atmosphere. It was wonderful to be learning the story of Christmas and seeing it through the wondering eyes of a child. Wouldn’t it be lovely to re-capture that feeling.

The next four weeks bring an opportunity to prepare our hearts and minds to look in awe once again at the magnificent yet humble story of the birth of Jesus. This week we will delve back into the Old Testament as we look at Isaiah 11:1-10 as we consider God’s ongoing work through the ages. If you are able to read these verses you will see a number of images to inspire your mind’s eye. A tree, now reduced to a stump but the roots remaining; the promise of fruit; predators and prey living in peace with each other. What do these images mean and how can they help us to prepare during this Advent season to be once again amazed by the interaction of God with humanity? We will look into this on Sunday morning with the help of a Jesse Tree. Together, we will look for the restorative ‘shoots’ of God’s action in his world.

We are also pleased to be welcoming Major Sally Spry to the meeting who will share with us about the difference the toys donated in our Toy Service next week will make a difference. Do find time for peaceful reflection in the busyness of the season – and be amazed by the continuing unfolding of the Lord’s plans for our lives. 

Liz Chape.

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Where & when does the church meet?

Our Regent Hall Salvation Army Church meets every Sunday at 11:00am for our Sunday Service. Our open-air meeting on Oxford Street is at 10:00am. Unfortunately we are not able to meet in person at present, due to the pandemic, but we are worshipping online on YouTube and Facebook.

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Regent Hall
275 Oxford Street

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What should I expect when I visit the church?

You will receive a very warm welcome particularly from our Welcome Team who will be able to answer your questions and direct you to where you need to go. We have a time of worship with congregational singing and items from our musical sections. We have periods of reflection, when we pray and read the Bible, and our Bible message is brought to us by one of our officer team. 

Tea, coffee and biscuits are served after the service where there is plenty of time to meet new people and ask more questions.


What happens to the kids at church?

We have a great programme for the kids at Regent Hall for:

Explorers (4-7 years)
Kids Zone (8-10 years)

We also have an active youth group, including Pulse - a Sunday session learning about faith, as well as regularly getting together for worship and just meeting up socially and for sports.

For more information about what happens in the children's and youth work please visit the relevant age groups for you under church life.


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Please just be yourself and come dressed in your 'normal' clothes. Our corps officers (Church leaders) and Salvationists do wear Salvation Army uniform to be visible in our ministry and witness.


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