StAG Mag November 2016

StAG MAG November 2016 mag@stag.org • www.stag.org/mag • Alasdair Paine standrewthegreat • @StAG_Cambridge DEAR FRIENDS… INSIDE THIS ISSUE In December we say goodbye as a church to Nathan Buttery, our Associate Vicar for families, as he and Debbie, plus Matthew, Anna, Samuel and Isabel move to Preston. Nathan will be installed as Vicar of All Saints’ Church on the evening of 10th January. I need hardly say how much we will miss them. Nathan came to StAG in 2008, and on the day he started work Mark Ashton was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Nathan served the church up to Mark’s Christ-glorifying death in April 2010; he then looked after things during the interregnum before I arrived in January 2011. Nathan has led our home groups and families’ work, including having oversight of all the children’s and youth activities, and the small army of people who serve there. I thank God for his integrity, humility, Bible focus, love for people, hard work and so much more. He is a pastor through and through, a friend who can be relied on, a man who knows his Lord. The people at All Saints’ will be very well served with him as their minister. Please do be praying for the whole family as they make the move. Their final Sunday with us will be 18th December, but there will also be a bring-and-share lunch at noon on Sunday 4th December, with an opportunity for us to say thank you and farewell ahead of the Christmas holidays. Talking of Christmas… once again, we have a superb opportunity to introduce the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ to our friends. There are due to be six big carol services to choose from - different dates and styles. At each, the glorious news we celebrate at Christmas will be explained as clearly as we know how. Tom Beaumont This is not your final destination - Page 2 - Preparing for Preston Goodbye to the Butterys - Page 3 - Good great Joy of News Luke 2:10 People for all - Page 4 - RECOVERING ADVENT AWE The countdown is well under way; Christmas is now less than 40 sleeps away! For many of us though this prospect can be daunting, as Christmas can often be a fraught and exhausting time, with stressful family relationships, financial pressures or struggles with loneliness. Whilst it isn’t uncommon for many of us to approach Christmas with a sense of foreboding, it is peculiar that we so easily lose sight of the wonder, magnificence and jaw-dropping splendour of what took place at the first Christmas. Tim Chester's new book, The One True Story, is a set of 24 short reflections on the first Christmas: what took place, and what it means for us today. The book is packed with fresh insights to remind us anew of why Christmas is so amazing! The book is so good we've bought a bulk load of them, and would love for everyone to get a copy to read during Advent. It would be ideal as a quiet time read, and I highly recommend buying a copy — at a bargain price of £1 — while stocks last! -1- The One True Story By Tim Chester £4.99 £1