Welcome to the website of St. Columba’s, the Anglican Parish Church of Crosspool. We are a diverse community of people who are united in our desire to draw closer to God through prayer and worship, and to live out Christ’s way of reconciling love in our everyday lives. We are very much a local church: just round the corner from the Crosspool shops, and here to welcome all who come through our doors, whether for a church service, for playgroup, a keep fit class or one of the many other activities that take place in our building. We hope you will enjoy exploring our site and that it will help you find out a bit more about us.
The Christmas story has a sense of people on the move, on a journey, involving leaving familiar surroundings: Mary and Joseph leave Nazareth; the shepherds leave their fields; and the three Kings leave their kingdoms in the East to follow a star. Throughout their journeys, there is a pervading sense of darkness and danger all around, as the murderous King Herod searches for the Christ child. Into this darkness comes ‘a great light,’ in the form of a vulnerable baby, uninvited, and marginalised – there is absolutely no room in the inn; instead Jesus is left out in the cold of the stable.
The Christmas story encourages us also to leave familiar surroundings and embark on a journey in the dark to follow the light – a light likely to be found in the most unexpected places. The great message of Christmas is that if we are brave enough to accept this invitation we are not alone. God is with us. The birth of Christ is the ultimate breaking down of the barrier between God and us. It allows for deep intimate union, relationship and companionship. So this Christmas is a renewed invitation to not be afraid, leave familiar places, go on a journey with a companion whose love is greater than anything we can comprehend.