2016.11.24 (Thu)

23rd November 2016


International Friendship Café

... we welcome all visitors to Loughborough from other nations ~ to enjoy a time of warmth and friendship ...

... the 'Lounge' at Emmanuel Church Centre - 43 Forest Road, LE11 3NW ... most Sundays, 2.30 pm till 4.30 pm ...

From the OPEN-HOUSE Team ...

            Next Sunday, 20th November 2016 from 2.30 pm until 4.30 pm

Refreshments, games, information, laughter, conversation, FRIENDSHIP and more!

... tell your overseas friends about OPEN-HOUSE ~ and bring them with you ...

OPEN-HOUSE welcomes overseas visitors of all ages, and from all nations and cultures, to a place where friendships can be made - to the mutual benefit of all

TODAY - 24th November the FREE Emmanuel Lunchtime concert will feature a cello recital by Richard May. You can also enjoy a pre-concert soup and roll lunch for a small charge in the Church Centre. Lunches are served from 12 Noon and the concert commences at 12.45 pm with a duration of approximately 50 minutes. Further information is available by clicking on this link:- https://www.facebook.com/events/1679315232379411/

Some of you may have visited the International Day at Loughborough Students Union last week. You can read a full report about it here:- https://www.lsu.co.uk/news/article/0/International-Day-2016-was-a-huge-success/

Christmas is fast approaching and Loughborough’s Christmas lights will be switched on this Sunday afternoon. For more details follow this link:- http://loveloughborough.co.uk/event/christmas-lights-switch/.http://loveloughborough.co.uk/event/christmas-lights-switch/ The fun takes place between 1pm and 5pm, but if you come down early to OPEN-HOUSE you should have time to go on to see the lights switched on.

‘Love Loughborough’ are running a number of events in the Town centre in the run up to Christmas. You will find full details on their web site here:-  http://loveloughborough.co.uk/christmas/

If you would like to follow the OPEN-HOUSE postings on Facebook then please contact Andrew Rick - mailto:andrew.rick@talktalk.net - and he will arrange access for you to this closed group. An increasing number of our members are making use of this site which is updated on a regular basis and contains lots more information about events happening in Loughborough town or at the University.

Key dates for the month ahead

27 Sun  Advent begins – see note below
30 Wed  Saint Andrew’s Day

01 Thu  Meteorological Winter begins today.
14 Wed  University Autumn 2016 Term ends
                       (Spring 2017 Term begins 8 Jan).

16 Fri  OPEN-HOUSE Annual Christmas Dinner & Party – 6.30 pm –
                       Buy your ticket at OPEN-HOUSE this Sunday !

18 Sun  Carol services at Emmanuel Church and King’s Church ....... more details later ...


Advent is a Latin word which means ‘coming'. It is a Christian ‘season’ in which we are invited to reflect on the coming (birth) of Christ on the first Christmas Day, and on the Christian conviction that He will come again when human history, as we know it, comes to its end. It also reminds us of the highly personal coming of Jesus Christ which we can also experience at a personal level, if we invite Him into our lives as Saviour and Lord. It is by taking Advent seriously that we can be properly prepared to observe the twelve-day season of Christmas.

All the activities of OPEN-HOUSE are open to people from every nation in the world ~ we welcome overseas visitors of all races, languages, ages, faiths and cultures ~ no-one need feel excluded. We speak in everyday English so that everyone can understand everyone else. You are welcome to come to our social activities every Sunday afternoon, to walks and days out on Saturdays, and to meals and other events during the week.

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