Welcome to St Andrew's, Cobham. We are Cobham’s parish church and our aim is to know Jesus, and to make him known. We offer a host of activities for adults and children. Please explore our website to find out more. We hope to see you soon.
You probably know the story, the three Wise Men, possibly astrologers, seeing a star in the east and recognising it as indicating a significant birth, a new King. So they - we do not actually know how many or what gender - took gifts and set off on a journey to find this new King. Gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, each with a symbolic significance. Contrary to the impression often given, by the time they arrived Jesus and his parents were living in a house, not the stable. He may have been a toddler. Unfortunately they had called in at the palace to ask where to find the new king, well you would wouldn't you, but their arrival was a surprise and not good news for King Herod. So Joseph had to take Mary and young Jesus and flee to Egypt until a change of ruler made it safe to return to Galilee. So it was that they became refugees, arriving in a foreign land with few worldly goods. At least they had the gold.
Immanuel, God with us, not just arriving as a tiny baby but also starting out as a refugee. Been there, done that, got the T shirt. He knows what it is like to live in our world, your world and mine... and of refugees.