Sunday, 2 December will mark the First Sunday in Advent, when we will begin the usual rituals to mark the season by lighting the candles on the Advent Wreath and assemble our Nativity scene. Over the four succeeding Sundays we will build our services around the Advent themes of HOPE, PEACE, JOY and LOVE. As ever Jack will be looking at members of the congregation whose story expresses something of the theme, and if anyone would like to nominate a person (a suitable reason is required) he will be glad to hear from you.
Sunday, 16 December: Traditionally, on this day our service includes a Nativity presentation by the children associated with the church, which will happen this year even though only one child is presently in our midst. This is followed by the annual Christmas Lunch in the Hall after the service.
On Friday, 21 December at 7.30pm in the Church, Jack and Lance, with the help of members of the church and other guests will once again present a family entertainment MUSIC & MOVIES for CHRISTMAS based around seasonal music and song plus clips from classic Christmas movies with refreshment served during the interval. This is an event to which everyone can comfortably invite their friends and family to come along to and enjoy.
Sunday, 23 December: the service at 11am will take the form of Readings and Carols. Then at 4pm we will again invite the community to come and join us for Carols by the Canal with an offering to be taken for EMBRACE the Middle East. This will be followed by hot soup and drinks in the Hall.
Monday, 24 December: Christmas Eve and our annual Family Christingle Service will take place in the Church at 6.30pm. A retiring offering will be taken for our global partners.
Tuesday, 25 December: Our Christmas Day Family Service will take place at 10am in the Church with everyone, young and old, invited to share with Jack something they received as a Christmas gift.
Sunday, 30 December: The Last Sunday of the Year will be marked with the Sacrament of Communion.
Sunday, 6 January 2019: The service at 11am falls on the Day of Epiphany (and Twelfth Night) will also see the congregation return to the monthly cycle of services based around the Persons of the Trinity and the worship practices of the early Church.