Today: 10th December 2017: 2nd Sunday of Advent
· 09.50 Children’s Church (in the hall)
· 10.00 Sung eucharist with prayers for healing
· 15.00 Christingle Service
THE WEEK AHEAD:
Tuesday 12th December
· 12.00 Deanery Chapter Christmas lunch
Wednesday 13th December
· 09.30 Holy Chaos Toddler service
· 19.30 House group meets at 45 Crowson Way. All welcome!
Thursday 14th December
· 09.30 Holy Communion
· 09.30 Headstart Nursery Nativity (hall)
· 11.00 Linchfield School KSII visit
Friday 15th December
· 14.00 Holy Communion at Braeburn Lodge
· 17.30 Friday Knights
· 18.45 Choir practice
· 19.30 Ringers
· 10.00 Family Communion
· 18.00 Nine Lessons and Carols
THIS WEEK’S PRAYER FOCUS
Our wardens, Nick and Caroline; all who are overworked and overwrought; those in hospital or awaiting diagnosis and treatment; those whose employment is difficult or who are unemployed; the Holy Land and especially the people of Jerusalem.
The Christingle service is at 3pm TODAY in support of the Children's Society. Please come along and bring your families and friends!
SOUTH AISLE IMPROVEMENTS
We have removed 6 pews from the south aisle in order to see how we might better use that space. This is a work in progress, so do tell the PCC what you think and pass on your own ideas for how the resultant space might look. There are of course also implications for other areas of the church as a result. The experiment is likely to last for six months, after which we must decide whether to seek permission to make any changes permanent. (The absent pews are being safely stored.)
CHRISTMAS CARDS TO SIGN
Please spare a minute to sign the Christmas cards that we deliver to our housebound members. Thanks to Niccy, who has come up with another lovely picture (Curtesy of John Marsh) for the front of the cards.
CHRISTMAS CARD CHARITY OPTION
Instead of sending lots of cards to people we regularly see anyway, if you would rather sign one big card for everyone in the congregation and leave a charity donation equal to the amount you would have spent on cards, please put your donation in a sealed envelope over the next two Sundays when the big red box will be put out to receive it. The congregational card will be in the south aisle along with the cards for the housebound.
PRIORY HALL CAR PARK
We are very grateful to Maurice Crunkhorn, the builder who has worked so hard on our hall, for his additional work to re-gravel the carpark at no cost to ourselves.
HALL BOOKING SECRETARY – URGENT!
Tony has had to step down as hall bookings secretary, so we are looking for a replacement. Could this be you? The job entails using the dedicated mobile phone to take bookings and arranging access to the hall for casual users (regular users all have keys). While it could also involve issuing invoices for payment, this is negotiable if two people would like to split the job between them. The hall is an important part of our ministry as an outreach opportunity, especially now that the kitchen has been improved. Please pray about this and let Rev Sue or the wardens know if you can help. For more information, see Nick Drewett, who is kindly holding the fort in the interim, despite having many other warden’s duties. We are hugely grateful to him for stepping in temporarily but must not trespass on his goodwill for longer than necessary.
Don’t miss the service of Nine Lessons and Carols next Sunday evening at 6.00pm. This is one of the musical highlights of the year!