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December 2014

Carol Services

Christmas may be over, but fear not!  We’ve got a couple Christmas-themed posts to share with you!

Carol Services, as we’ve come to learn are a big tradition when it comes to celebrating the Holiday season in the UK.  In fact – we’ve been a part of three different carol services this month.  The first was partnership with another church in Liverpool – Christ Church.  A traditional choir, with performances, readings and prayers.  The second was a casual one with Cornerstone Wirral held in a Starbucks.  And the third was a service at Cornerstone Liverpool which included kids in costumes, lots of singing and lots of Scripture.  Here are some photos, a recap video, and a video featuring the song that I performed at our partnership carol service with Christ Church.

Aaron – ‘Born In Bethlehem’ – Third Day Cover
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Carol Services Recap Video

Hope you enjoyed a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Aaron + Kelly + Baby B
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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas.

In December of 2013 we were in the middle of packing and thinking through all of the logistics of leaving Nashville.  It didn’t leave much time to really get into the spirit by decorating and enjoying our own Christmas traditions.  And since we didn’t bring any decorations with us to Liverpool, we Kelly, had to make things festive on the cheap.

Thanks to our friend Debbie, for lending us the tree – everything else was crafted by Kelly or picked up at ASDA (Wal-Mart) for under £10!

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A special thanks to those that have sent gifts or cards from the states – it’s not cheap, but it means so much to us!  Merry Christmas!

Grateful,
Aaron + Kelly + Baby B
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A Throwback Christmas

The countdown is on!
Thought we’d use the time leading up to share what Christmas is like in Liverpool… But before we get into all of that – it seems appropriate on the anniversary of the day we left Nashville – to share a video from last year’s Christmas. Our worlds colliding – Nashville, and Liverpool in a Christmas song:

Man, we miss that city every day. But we’re so happy that it will always be a part of our story.

Happy Christmas!
Grateful,
Aaron + Kelly + Baby B
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Thanksgiving.

Hands down, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It doesn’t carry with it the expectation to be as amazing as Christmas morning, or the anticipation of a new year. Just good food, good company, full hearts and full stomachs. Can you ask for more?

Now, I don’t know if you know this – but surprisingly enough, England does not celebrate Thanksgiving. But with a third of the church staff being Americans, not celebrating Thanksgiving in England was about to change (you’re welcome).

So for a couple weeks Steph, Kelly and I planned and plotted what would be the best Thanksgiving anyone could experience – and when there is no Walmart, Harris Teeter or Target within 1000 miles, that can present a few extra challenges.

In all of the preparation of menus and shopping lists, I don’t think any of us were really prepared for the mix of emotions we felt on that day. Thanksgiving really is a meal you celebrate with just your family, and this was the first time in our whole lives that all three of us had not been with blood family to celebrate. This was our church family, and in many ways adopted family since the beginning of our time in Liverpool, but not the people we’ve been celebrating this holiday with for our entire lives.

Thankfully, all of our church family was very generous and gracious to us in hosting, sharing in our traditions, giving us space yet their presence to grieve and celebrate, and enjoying all of our favorite parts of a holiday that centers around being thankful.

I think the thing I will never get over when I’m sitting around a table with Christians from all different countries, backgrounds, stories and experiences is that it is truly the Gospel – it’s Jesus work – that makes us family. These people are my brothers and sisters because we have the same Father.

So to hear from our brothers and sisters about the things they are thankful for, what God is doing in and through them in the last years, months and weeks is a tremendous privilege.

There are so many experiences and opportunities that we have living abroad that we would not have living in the States, but the flipside is that things like holidays, and being away from family and friends can be so difficult.

Although we are far from our immediate family and friends, we are grateful for the family that we have and are building in Liverpool.thanksgiving

Grateful,
Aaron + Kelly + Baby B
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Didn’t Want To Be Those People, But…

IMG_2599_fotorWe never wanted to be those people that started out every blog ‘oh sorry, it’s been so long since we’ve updated!’ But the truth is the last three months in Liverpool has been some of the busiest we’ve had! Here’s a quick rundown of what’s gone on recently…

-Celebrated the 1 year anniversary of the Wirral Church plant
-Participated in our first ‘Praise And Worship Night’ where both churches came together to have a night of worship, and a message from each of the pastors
-Kelly went to three (paid) days at City Hearts
-Visited a theme park in England called ‘Alton Towers’ with some of our favorite people
-Celebrated our first ‘Bonfire Night’ – read the history here, it won’t disappoint ☺
-Spent a few days in London (our first time staying in a hostel!) mainly to go see Needtobreathe – one of our favorite bands – but also to do some fun sightseeing.
-Celebrated three baptisms on the Wirral and seven at Liverpool!
-Held a conference with Cornerstone and Frontline Church from Oklahoma City (the church that Steve and Sian were a part of during their time in the States) about partnership in the Gospel for churches across the area. And got some specific training with Charlie Hall – a worship leader who’s songs I’ve been leading for a long time who is also the Worship Pastor of their church!
-Wrapped up some Operation Christmas Child boxes at a warehouse (felt like we were back in Charlotte!) with our Cornerstone Church family.
-Hosted a Thanksgiving Day celebration with Steph (our fellow American intern) for all of the Cornerstone staff team and their families.
-ANNNNNND we found out we’re pregnant! In case you don’t follow us on Facebook, we found out on our anniversary (August 20th) – we’re due April 25th. We’re excited and terrified and all of the emotions that you would expect. Here’s a few pictures of our first and second ultrasound to see how Baby B is growing.

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More pictures and in depth updates coming soon, just wanted to make sure everyone was up to speed on the last few months!
Grateful,
Aaron + Kelly + Baby B
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