Sunday 8th December 2019

PRIEST VACANCY: MEETING TODAY

As promised, we will hold a brief meeting immediately after today’s Eucharist to update everyone on our search for a new parish priest. Following the briefing, your churchwardens will do their best to answer any questions that members of the congregation may have regarding the timing and selection process. All are welcome.

FATHER JIM

We’re pleased to report that Peter Horton and his daughter Alice were able to attend the institution of Fr Jim in his new parish in East Perthshire, Scotland, on 16th November. The service was presided over by the Bishop of St Andrews, Dunblane and Dunkeld, and apparently included some lusty singing! Photos are displayed on the church noticeboard. Copies can be obtained from Peter or from Dorian Woodward.

POSTAGE STAMPS

The Air Ambulance is no longer taking used stamps, so in future all the stamps we collect will go to the Royal National Institute of Blind People. There’s a collection box on the table near the noticeboard. Please see Anne Thomson with any queries.

A FESTIVAL OF NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS

On Sunday 22nd December at 6pm, an expanded church choir – including a number of professional singers recruited for the occasion – will lead us in our Christmas carol service. They will perform a selection of six beautiful traditional carols, while the congregational carols will include classics such as ‘Once in Royal David’s City’, ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’, ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’, ‘Hark the Herald’ and more.Please come along for what promises to be a rousing and atmospheric festive celebration, and bring your friends and family as well!

CHRISTMAS TREES

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

LAST SUNDAY’S SERMON

Fr John-Francis Friendship, who preached at St John’s last Sunday, has kindly provided a link to his sermon. Everyone can access it at francisjon.blogspot.com.

THIS WEEK

We pray for

Purley St Swithun in Croydon South Deanery; Plumstead Deanery; St Michael and All Angels, Abbey Wood; for the priests and people of those places

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 keepJoyce Ward, Geoffrey Wheeler

There is a Eucharist on Thursday at 10am and Friday at 12.15pm 

and a service of midday prayer at 12 noon on Friday

Parish Eucharist
15th December 2019 at 10am, Third of Advent

Readings: Isaiah 35: 1-10, James 5: 7-10, Mathew 11: 2-11

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

Please send any items for inclusion in next Sunday’s news sheet to Amanda

Jordan at amanda.jordan@virgin.net by Wednesday morning. Thank you.

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