Sunday 22nd December 2019

A FESTIVAL OF NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS

Today at 6pm, an expanded church choir – including a number of professional singers recruited for the occasion – will lead us in our carol service. They’ll sing six beautifultraditional carols, while the congregational carols will include classics such as ‘Once in Royal David’s City’, ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’, ‘Hark the Herald’ and more.Please come along for what promises to be a rousing and atmospheric festive celebration!

AND COMING UP…• Tuesday 24th December at 4pm: Children’s nativity• Tuesday 24th December at 11:30pm: Christmas Eve midnight mass• Wednesday 25th December at 10am: Christmas Day Eucharist

Please note there are no services on Thursday 26th and Friday 27th December.

CHRISTMAS CARDS

A reminder to pick up any Christmas cards left for you in the alphabetical trays on the table at the back of church. If you wish to give cards to other members of the congregation, please put them in the trays before Christmas Day. We’re sorry that we cannot deliver any uncollected cards, but will keep them until 29th December.

SUNDAY COFFEE

We’re able to provide free tea and coffee after the Eucharist every Sunday because of the donations we receive from members of the congregation. People contribute £5 on a date of their choosing to mark an occasion that’s significant to them. The list of dates for 2020 is now up on the noticeboard, so do please sign up if you would like to celebrate a birthday or other special day. See Sheila Squire for more details.

CHRISTIAN AID

There are envelopes on the pews for anyone who would like to make a donation to Christian Aid this Christmas. The collection container is at the back of church.Details of this year’s campaign can be found on the noticeboard. Many thanks!

CHRISTMAS TREES

As in past years, our local church school has kindly provided two Christmas trees. One is decorated by the school children and the other by our Sunday School children,both on the theme of Christmas carols.

THIS WEEK

We pray for

those in hospital and hospices over Christmas and all chaplaincy teams serving these places; Christian leaders in their denominations and the work of the ecumenical movement; for the local foodbank, for those who run it and for the families they will serve during the festive season; for those involved in ‘Crisis at Christmas’

those in any kind of distress of mind, body or soul: Angella Baptiste, 
Dinah Fergusson, Alan Gearing, Hilary Bracefield

those who are houseboundSusan Wulstan

those whose year’s mind we keepPeyo Peyko, Stanley cox, Hannah Jonah 
and Camilla Ward

Parish Eucharist
25th December 2019 at 10am, Christmas Day

Readings: Isaiah 9:2-7, Titus 2: 11-14, Luke 1:1-14  

If you would like to make a financial offering to the church and are a taxpayer, 

it would help the church if you use a gift-aid envelope. This will enable the church to claim 25p for every £1 you give. Envelopes are at the back of church. Thank you. 

NEXT WEEK

There will be no news sheet next week. Please send any items for inclusion in the following Sunday’s Church News to Amanda Jordan at amanda.jordan@virgin.net by 30th December.

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