24th December 2017

 

Sunday 24th December 2017, Advent 4

A PRAYER FOR CHILDREN IN NEED OR TROUBLE AT CHRISTMAS

Lord Jesus you came to earth

so that all people would know your love

We pray for children who are unloved,

un-cared for and desperate.

We pray for the Children’s Society’s work in bringing love forgiveness and justice to children in our land. Amen.

Today

8.00am        Holy Communion

10.00am       Parish Communion

3pm & 5pm Christingle Services

11.30pm        Midnight Communion Service

Tomorrow

10am           Informal Christmas Communion

Diary – Week Commencing Sunday 24th December

Monday 25th December – Christmas Day

Tuesday 26th December – Boxing Day

Wednesday 27th December

Thursday 28th December

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

Filling Station         – Sarah Jane and Sherralyn

Friday 29th December

8.45am         Morning Prayer – Prospect Hospice

7.00pm        Bellringers Practice

Saturday 30th December

Diary – Week Commencing Sunday 31st December

Monday 1st January – New Years Day

Tuesday 2nd January

The Parish Office will be closed today

8.30am         Morning Prayer

6.00pm        Clergy Surgery

Wednesday 3rd January

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Parish Office

Thursday 4th January

8.30am         Morning Prayer – Church

7.30pm        Choir Practice – Church

Filling Station         – Colin & Fran

Friday 5th January

8.45am         Morning Prayer – Prospect Hospice

7.00pm        Bellringers Practice

Saturday 6th January

Parish Office

The Parish Office will close on Friday 22nd December and reopen on Wednesday 3rd January.

Sunday 31st December 2017- Christmas 1

8.00am       Holy Communion

Preacher:      Dr John Godfree

Sidespeople: Gillian Pitter and Sally Speller

10.00am     Parish Communion

Preacher:      Dr John Godfree

Intercessions: Carolyn Perry

Reading:       Galatians 4: 4-7

Reader:        Veronica Garside

Gospel:        Luke 2: 15-21

Servers:        Gillan Pitter and Kathy Leach

Sidespeople: Lillian Wicks and Jean Leo

No Church at 4 this week

Sunday 7th January 2017- Epiphany 

8.00am       Holy Communion

Preacher:      Revd Nicola Such

Sidespeople: Pat Lewis and Dee Vincent

10.00am     Parish Communion

Preacher:      Revd Nicola Such

Intercessions: Margaret Penfound

Reading:       1 John 5: 5-13

Reader:        Tiffany Weighell

Gospel:        Mark 1: 7-11

Servers:        Jean Ford and Louise Sampson

Sidespeople: Sally Parker and June Bradley 

4.00pm       Church at 4

Led by:         Paul Woolley

6.00pm       Evensong

Preacher:      Dr John Godfree

Intercessions: Cheryl Hawkins

1st Reading: Isaiah 63: 7-end

Reader:        Margaret Penfound

2nd Reading:          1 John Chapter 3

Reader:        Malcolm Morrison

Sidespeople: Tony & Julie Edmonds

Birthdays

Happy Birthday to Helen Toomer, Sally Speller, Gillian Pitter, Carol Brown, Alayna Eves, Mark Trigg, John Rainey, Kathleen Bond and Eunice Davis on their birthdays during the coming week.

New baby!

Congratulations to Wen and Jeff from our Church at 4 congregation on the birth of their second son, Alfie Ding, on December12th.

Floodlighting

The Church will be floodlit on Christmas Day by Janet Burchell & family in memory of her Dad, Jack Bamford; on Sunday 31st December by Helene Paterson in memory of Frank, on what would have been his 90th birthday.

Vacancy Update

Thank you to everyone who participated in our day of prayer, it was good to spend a day seeking God and asking Him to lead the right person to us. The PCC recently reviewed and agreed the advert and paperwork that will be used in recruitment. The intention is to advertise the post over a period of 4 weeks, starting just before Christmas. Shortlisting and interviews will take place in February.

Do please continue to keep this matter in your prayers, and please circulate the advert as widely as possible in due course. We will continue to keep you updated with any developments. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask Nick Orman or Paul Woolley. 

Community Christmas Card

Sign the brickwork on the chimney to send Christmas greetings to your friends in Church and put a donation for Children’s Society in the chimney pot.

Lansdowne Hill Care Home

Some residents would like to attend our 10am Service. Do you think you would be able to help by picking them up? Please let Janet or Nicola know if you can help.

The Harbour Project

If you are having a clearout before Christmas and are discarding men’s warm coats (Small sizes are particularly needed), please consider donating them to the Harbour Project. During this cold weather, many of the asylum seekers are ill equipped – any gloves and hats will also be gratefully received. Please speak to Margaret Penfound if you can help.

Love and Blessings from New Creation this Advent season! Love and Blessings is the title of a 3-track CD we have just produced to thank Michael Johnson for his support over the years and to mark his retirement. The CD features the song specially written for Michael which we sang after the service in May. There are also two more of our songs, previously unrecorded. We’re giving the disc away free of charge and hope that you enjoy it! We hope it will make you feel happy to make a small contribution to a cause of your choice (perhaps The Children’s Society which is currently one of our chosen charities). Please feel free to ask for more than one copy if you think the album would make a good seasonal gift. Helen Toomer and Andrew Bond are the people to ask.

115 Club Christmas Cake raffle and the winner is ….

Congratulations to Martin Hezlett who won this year’s 115 Club Christmas cake raffle. Thank you to everyone who bought raffle tickets or made a donation, a total of £84.50 was raised. Special thanks go to Kathy Gregory for making and donating the cake. Have a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year from all at the 115 Club.

Thank you

to everyone who has helped to prepare for our celebration of Christmas this year. Lots of people have been involved in our services– leading and singing- and in many ‘behind the scenes’ ways –cleaning and decorating the church, providing hospitality, audio visual support and many other things. We couldn’t have done it without you! 

Can you help?

Some of you have met Joyce who comes from Kenya and some of you will know that i have been selling beaded bags, the proceeds from which go to the well project that Joyce helps to run. She has been over here working on Berkeley farm and is now childminding while her Kenyan friends are on holiday. She applied for a course in Devon called “Beyond development 2018” and she has been offered a bursary to do the course in Totnes. However she has to find £150 deposit and her bus/ train fare and has asked for our help. Clive and I support her 100% and hopefully some of you will be able to help. Sally Parker

The Children’s Society

This Christmas, more than 2,000 children will go missing from home. Some of them may also be criminally exploited by gangs. Gangs deliberately target vulnerable children, such as those in care or living in poverty. Most are boys, but some are girls. Gangs groom, deceive or threaten these children and young people into carrying and selling drugs for them. Children and young people criminally exploited in this way often also experience child sexual exploitation and abuse, serious violence and psychological trauma.

These young people will often go missing for days at a time, as they are trafficked around the country by gangs.

The Children’s Society, along with Missing People, is providing support to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on young runaways and missing children and adults. In December the APPG is holding an event in parliament to raise awareness of children and young people who go missing because they are exploited by gangs.

Please pray:

  • For the safety of children missing from home this Christmas
  • That the Children’s Society will be able to make contact with missing children and help them resolve their problems
  • For the Society’s influence on the government to tackle the increase in child exploitation
  • That every child will have the opportunity to see the light of Christ coming into the world at Christmas

Knitting for Mission to Seafarers

Thanks again to all our keen knitters. I have received a letter from The Mission to Seafarers thanking us for the knitware I sent in September and last week I was able to send off another batch of 22 hats and 21 scarves to the charity. Also thanks to those who have donated wool – there is a good selection in the white boxes on the bench by the choir vestry together with patterns, so please help yourselves if you want to get started on a hat, scarf or gloves. Completed items should be put in one of these boxes. As the weather gets colder and the nights draw in this is an ideal time to get those needles busy. For further information talk to Janet Henderson (525856).

This week please also pray for:-

  • The Homeless over Christmas.
  • Patients and staff who are in Hospitals and Hospices
  • Our Choir and Director of Music
  • Our Clergy and Lay Ministers
  • People who work over the Christmas holidays
  • We commend to God’s care and keeping those who have died recently especially Donald Evans, Lorraine Tuck and Baby Poppy Crannis. We pray for all who mourn the loss of loved ones.