NEW EMAIL ADDRESS FOR NOTICES
Please send your submissions and all service details for the notice sheet to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note the new deadline for the weekly notice sheet. Could all submissions please be sent by Tuesday at 5.00p.m.
VICAR'S REST DAY
From the beginning of October, John, our Vicar will be swapping his regular rest day to a Friday.
One of the most powerful things that followers of Jesus Christ can do is to pray for matters or people which concern us, James wrote to the early Church "Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord" (James 5.14). Beginning next week, there will be a section of the sheet entitled "Your prayers are asked for", If you would like to make a prayer request for yourself (or for someone else with their consent) to be included please contact the clergy, who are also able to arrange pastoral visits. There are also prayer boards where requests can be made in each of the parishes.
Regular prayer is an important part of following Christ, and there are lots of opportunities to come together as a Benefice to pray. Morning Prayer is said on a Monday at 9.30am and on Tuesday at 8.45am in St Mary's TB. Both are said services, use contemporary language, and last about 15 minutes. On Tuesday BCP Evening Prayer (traditional language) is said at St Mary's TB at 5pm. Holy Communion is celebrated during the week on Tuesday at 10.00am at All Saints TG and on Wednesday at 10.00am at St Mary's TB. (Midweek services will not take place between Boxing Day and 2nd January).
ALL SAINTS TG ADVENT STALL
Pam Mulholland will be running the final Advent Stall following the 6pm Candlelit Nine Lessons and Carols Service, this Sunday evening 15th December.
'FINE LINES' CLOSING DOWN SALE
Heather Higgins had a business where she made craft items and sold them at prestigious London craft fairs. Her family are selling the remaining stock, along with her crafting supplies and equipment, at heavily discounted prices. The remaining stock items are an opportunity to buy unique Christmas presents at low prices. If you like crafting then it's not to be missed, as there will be all sorts of things on sale, some of them unusual ones. It's on Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th December in the church hall, 11am-5pm both days. More details on www.fine-lines.co.uk
A Blue Christmas service (sometimes referred to as a Longest Night service) is a simple time of prayer, readings and gentle carols and offered to help to anyone for whatever reason is not looking forward to the festivities. We are exploring this kind of service in the Benefice this year at 8pm on Tuesday 17th December at St Mary's TB, with the hope that it might become a part of our Christmas worship for as long as it is needed.
CAROL SINGING IN THE MERRY FIDDLERS
Our Associate Priest has arranged for us to go carol singing in the Merry Fiddlers pub on Wednesday 18th December from 8.00pm. It is located in the parish of All Saints TG and replaces the carol singing which took place in the Moletrap (in the parish of St Mary's ST) in previous years. Mulled wine is available, and tables can be booked for dinner by contacting the pub (the landlord will donate 10% of the food takings to the parishes). All welcome to what should be an enjoyable Christmas evening.
WESTMINSTER ABBEY PARISH PASS
The Benefice Office now holds a parish passes for each church in our group. Each pass can be used on 6 occasions, and allows a group of up for 4 people entry for free each time. Passes can be borrowed from Sarah Bowen.
CONTACTS IN THE UNITED BENEFICE
Email contacts for the Vicar and Benefice Administrator have changed, please use email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org to contact John or Sarah. Our Vicar is trying to be more disciplined in using email, and will not have access to email on the move, so sometimes it may take a little longer for a reply to be sent.