Article taken from our christmas magazine 2018
“Christmas season has already begun and Christmas Eve is pretty much around the corner”. (That’s how I started a previous article called ‘The Meaning of Christmas’)
Yet, for many of us it could be a difficult time because we are away from our home and family. We are away from our culture, our friends, our people, our language, our slang and our traditions. We could even sing Elvis’ ‘Blue Christmas’ substituting the word ‘you’ for the name of our country. So, what do we do now? We’ve got an emotional crisis going on, in a way sometimes related to what we know as Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D). I remember my first semester in college. I moved from cozy warm Venezuela to cold snowy Buffalo, NY. It did affect me a lot! Last year I was also away from home and this Christmas I won’t be able to go back either. Therefore I understand what you may be feeling while being away from your home these holidays, but I also know how we can let this sadness not affect us. Hence, I’m going to share with you a few tips that can help you not only clear your mind, but also feel better and enjoy the wonderful meaning of Christmas wherever you are.
1 Christmas is about ‘love’ and ‘sharing’. Once you acknowledge that, you will start feeling the Christmas spirit all over, which will make you feel joyful and connect emotionally with those around you.
2 ‘Home’ is where your heart is. And if you are away from your home country, make the present country you are in your home. Love the place you are living in, embrace it and enjoy the beautiful details it has to offer. Once your heart is connected, your emotions will be positive.
3 Talk to your community. We are here to be your friend and also your family. Some of us are away from our home towns too, yet, we all enjoy the time together and help each other out to feel at ‘home’.
4 Don’t drink too much: Alcohol is a known depressant and it’s better to have a clear mind. Go for long walks, exercise, connect with the nature and start feeling fresh. With a clear mind everything is better.
5 When you feel sad and weak…pray! Prayer takes you to a moment of relaxation where you can connect with God and your inner self. May I suggest Psalm 62? I read it every time I’m feeling down and miss my beloved Venezuela.
Remember that the Christmas spirit is a connection with God that you carry in your heart, and as long as you are connected to Him you will carry happiness anywhere you go. Hard times may come some times, but God is with us through them all.
Nico Perez Rojas
“Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go” Joshua 1:9
Christmas season has already begun and Christmas Eve is pretty much around the corner.
We start to think about the gifts we’ll be getting for our family members and friends as well as the days off that some of us will be having. Christmas season is beautiful: the decorated trees, the music, the snow (in some countries), the shopping, THE FOOD and most important THE PRESENTS! Isn’t that what defines ‘Christmas’ after all?
Some of you may answer “Yes!” and some of you may answer “Hmm…not entirely”.
So what do we know about the meaning of Christmas then?
Christmas is about Jesus Christ, our Lord. It’s about Him and the main changes in the years to come since the day of His birth. When I think of Christmas I think about love and sharing, because God represents love and the community represents sharing. We are forgetting who we are because we live in a community where everyone keeps everything to themselves and don’t express their emotions. We are lacking identity and therefore everything that surrounds us is a material concept of love and sharing.
Fortunately, it only takes a few seconds for our brains to realize the true meaning of Christmas, because once we develop a concept, make it conscious and believe in it, we will act up and follow that path. Our first community started with only twelve people and through love and sharing grew to hundreds of thousands. Which makes you think, are we just numbers in the world or are we human beings who can share and love? Are we a simple individual in an empty territory or something else?
This Christmas let us spread LOVE with our community and SHARE with everyone this amazing feeling, because it is through Jesus Christ our Lord that we have learned the meaning of those two important words. The decorated trees, the music, the shopping, the food and the presents are just part of the celebration of Jesus’ birth, who taught us valuable lessons that we should keep in both our heart and mind.
Nico Perez Rojas
“This is how we know what love is: Jesus laid down his life for us. Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth” 1 John 3:16-18
Our annual Christmas Bazzar went off very smoothly this year thanks to the hard work of many people in the background. And the takings of about S/20 000 was a welcome boost to cathedral funds. We managed to shift a quite remarkable amount of jumble, but less of the comestibles than we had panned for. As of the carol service, there were still Christmas puddings available. I also have the two period Peruvian pictures that were donated to the church in my office. We are looking for $100 each for those...But, overall, well done the congregations and it was great to see visitors getting involved as well. Fr mark.
Enjoy these photos from the day. If you have any please share them with us by emailing them to email@example.com or share them with us on social media, add location @goodshepherdlima on Instagram and Facebook!
You can also see a short video of clips here on Facebook
A huge thank you to all our volunteers and stall holders. You help us make this event what it is
We look forward to seeing you all again next year!
If you cannot make it to our Bazaar this year. Here is a copy of our Christmas Magazine
For the last 8 years the Cathedral, together with San Silvestre School, has organized a Christmas Box project, sending shoes boxes to children in different parts of Peru. Each person participating receives the name and age of a child from one of the lists received, and prepares a shoe box containing items under four categories:
Once these have been prepared they are checked at the Cathedral by a team, and sorted according to destination. They are then transported to their destinations, and distributed. Before the boxes are distributed, each child receives a colouring booklet entitled “What is Christmas?” which is explained to the children. After this the children are usually given a chocolatada and as they leave they receive their boxes.
This year we are sending a total of 361 boxes to:
-Pucará, Ayacucho (a tiny village in the high Andes)
-Llaquepata, Cusco (high Andes)
-Women´s Prison in Cusco (6 children aged under 3, living in the prison with their mothers)
-Condado Pichilikiari, Chanchamayo, Junin
-Tunanmarca, Huancayo, Junin (high Andes)
-Some families in the Ines Health Project which Works with families with children with difficult health conditions (usually disabilities)
Whilst the boxes are provided, there are other ways you can help:
If you would like to give a donation to cover transportation costs, chocolatadas, etc, please give to the office in a marked envelope.
Last year we spent S/.943 on transport and S/.606 on chocolatadas for 340 children.
You can see photos and update from last years project here
We like to keep the kids busy for you while you have a look round the stalls or sit and have a cuppa tea. So this year as well as the games, we will have a craft corner set up so your little ones can sit with us and be artistic.
So what can they do?
What's else is happening!
At 12noon is the start of our Grand Raffle! We have some amazing prizes up for grabs so be sure to buy plenty to increase your chances of winning something. Tickets are S/5 each and can be purchased now from our office or after our 10am Sunday service during fellowship.
Have a look here at a sneak peak of some of the prizes!
Our famous homemade Christmas puddings and jars of mincemeat are available to purchase.
You can also preorder them now! Just contact us and we will reserve them for you. Have a look at this post full of pictures of us making them!
We have such a selection of homemade jams and chutney, see below a few examples of what we have been making so far, come along on the day and see what else we have to offer!
Have you, like us, long admired the stunning windows and building we have here at the Good Shepherd Cathedral? Well now you can take a little piece of us home with you, with these beautiful coloured small blank cards of photographs of our windows, we even have a colouring book with pictures of our windows, perfect for children or adults! Or why not pick up one of mugs with a simple pretty drawing of the building.
Once again we will have our table full of our used English books! Come and stock up on your book needs
Back with us again is Vicky and she will be doing face painting until 3pm.
You can be anything from a unicorn to a snowman or even your favourite superhero.
Here are a few examples of her work, you can check out her facebook page - Jehová Niisi Eventos & karovimas.
Garden Cafe and BBQ
Come and sit in our garden cafe and enjoy some wonderful savoury and sweet snacks as well as a warm cup of tea or cold beer, whatever you are fancying. Items are subject to availability.
White Elephant and Esther's Closet
You can be sure to find some treasures on one or both of these stalls, full of used and vintage items that people have donated to us
The Arpillera Project has its own stall of stunning colourful handmade decorations and accessories. You can find out more about this project here.
We look forward to seeing you all there!
Please join, share and invite everyone to our facebook event to stay up to date
10am-5pm S/3 entry fee per person
This past Sunday was a special day as Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day the 11th November fell on the same day, it also marked the 100th anniversary since the signing of the armistice to end WWI. It was fantastic to be joined by so many in the community who came along to share in our prayers and thanks to the many fallen soldiers and veterans who gave up so much for us to have the lives we have today.
We would like to thank our rector Fr. Mark for leading the ceremony, of which we were also accompanied by Fr. Ian Montgomery who gave a powerful sermon.
Our special service was in association with the British Royal Legion and we were joined by various members of our embassies.
Outside after the service we laid our poppies in remembrance of the fallen soldiers to thank and pray for them and for the remaining families
We have such a great variety of prizes this year! To be in with a chance you need to purchase raffle tickets from our office, or various members of our congregation, you can also buy them the day of our Bazaar in the morning, up until we begin the raffle.
Restaurant and Hotel vouchers
Two nights stay for two adults at The Antigua Casona San Blas hotel in the historic city of Cusco, including breakfast buffet.
The historic building situated in the heart of the Inca empire. Located four blocks from the Plaza de Armas in Cusco, the hotel is sure to give you an unforgettable experience. The original casona has been restored to its former prestige with beautiful hand-carved wooden balconies, stone patios, and stone archways that invite the past into the present. The casona offers an in-house bar, restaurant, central fireplace and lounges.
Valid until the end of 2019 and subject to availability.
Two nights stay for two adults at Mancora Beach Bungalows, including continental breakfast.
Mancora Beach Bungalows is one of the best hotels in Mancora in front of the most pristine section of beach throughout Peru.
A Select Award one night for two at JW Marriott Hotel in Miraflores, with breakfast included in the Restaurant La Vista.
The JW Marriott Hotel Lima, they present an unrivaled luxury experience that leaves nothing to be desired. Situated amidst the vibrant district of Miraflores, our hotel boasts convenient access to discover Lima's must-see attractions. Then Tantalize your taste buds with fresh and vibrant flavors of Lima, Peru at the on-site restaurant for an unforgettable breakfast and gorgeous ocean views.
We have two prizes available for the classic restaurant La Tiendita Blanca in Miraflores.
Prize one is a voucher for breakfast for two, and prize two is a voucher for lunch or a la carte dinner for two
Products and Goods
This beautiful new 43" LG UHD smart TV which is crafted with a slim, seamless body that’s ideal for any room aesthetic.
A great prize for the upcoming summer months, a Mr. Grill medium-sized cylinder for barbecue and smoking meats,
It also comes with cookbook full of recipes for lots of inspiration.
We look forward to seeing you at our Christmas bazaar on 1st December 2018.
Do you love Christmas? Do you love singing? In particular singing Christmas Carols? Then come along and join our Christmas Choir and perform at our Carol Service in December
Preparations have already started for the Carol Service, but it's not too late for you to join in. Practice takes place every Sunday after our 10am service from now on until the service in December. Speak to our choirmaster John on Sunday to find out more details, as practice doesn’t take place on the Cathedral premises.