Why Christmas? ABM Christmas Message 2017

Christmas 2017 is upon us with all its accompanying celebration, connection and cheer for many and its tensions and loneliness for others. When we consider the effort exerted in present buying, food preparation and events organisation, the question hovers like a helicopter parent, “Why do this? Why go to so much effort? What’s to be gained?” (more…)

ABM Christmas Message

I’ll Be Home for Christmas…if only in my dreams!

What do Whitney Houston, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble all have in common? Each of them has recorded a version of the Christmas song “I’ll be Home for Christmas”. (more…)

Mission in grief

Christmas is almost upon us. The coloured lights are going up, the family gatherings are being planned, and the letterboxes are filling up with junk mail enticing us to overcrowded malls. Christmas is a wonderful Christian festival and most churches ramp-up for its celebration. It’s a great opportunity to be present in the community and declare the real reason for the season. But for many people in our neighbourhoods, Christmas this year will be tough. For these people, there is no joyful anticipation, only dread and sadness. It won’t be the whole family this year. Someone is missing. (more…)