Pastor Dean Comerford.
Pastor Dean Comerford. Donna Jones

Happy Christmas church services - where and when

IF YOU are experiencing a sad, isolated or financially stressed Christmas, or if you are just plain worn out by the Christmas rush, Gympie Community Church senior pastor Dean Comerford says Jesus knows how you feel.

"Can I suggest the first Christmas was not too dissimilar to what you may be experiencing?” he said.

"Jesus was born in the midst of poverty and muck.

"His family was away from home and not long after, had to flee as refugees.

"Then there was the gossip Mary and Joseph would have endured - pregnant with the Son of God - likely story!

"The Nativity scene always looks serene on a Christmas card, but it denies the reality of that first Christmas - and it denies the reality of Jesus.

"He understands your Christmas; the busyness, the financial drain and the loneliness.

"Yet despite this, He came to bring peace, to bring something worth more than money and to connect you to the greatest friendship you'll ever have - a friendship with God.

"I love Christmas. I enjoy telling the Christmas story, singing the carols, going to Christmas parties and eating all that Christmas food.

"But if Christmas is not like that for you this year, Jesus understands.”

Christmas services:

Anglican

Christmas Eve - 11.30pm for midnight mass at St Peter's.

Christmas Day - 9am at St Peter's and 9.30am at Good Shepherd Church, Carlo Rd, Rainbow Beach.

Catholic

Christmas Eve - 6pm at St Patrick's Church, 8.30pm at Gunalda and midnight at St Patrick's.

Christmas Day - 7am at Rainbow Beach, 9am St Pat's, 11am Kandanga, 6pm Tin Can Bay.

Baptist

Christmas Day - 8am at 133 Corella Rd.

Christian Family

Christmas Eve 7pm to 8pm.

Gympie Community Church

Christmas Eve 5.30pm Red Rooster meal, with a service at 7pm.

Presbyterian

Christmas Day 8am at 11 Crown Rd.

Salvation Army

Christmas Day 9am at 42 Stumm Rd.

Uniting Church

Christmas Day 7am at Elizabeth St, Imbil.

Christmas Day 8.30am Busby St, Amamoor.

Wesleyan Methodist

Christmas Day 8am at 70 Exhibition Rd, Southside and Nautilus Dve, Cooloola Cove.

Lutheran

Christmas Eve 7pm and Christmas Day 8.30am at Nash St

Victory Church

Christmas Day 8.30am.

Gympie Times


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