Xandie’s Shout Out
I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas.
We have our Early Birds service in the Hall at 9.15am, when we celebrate Epiphany, the “light bulb” revelation that this child Jesus is God.
This Sunday, 6th January is the feast of Epiphany, when the Wise Men or Magi (from which we get the word magician), having followed the Star for many days, or weeks, possibly months,finally arrived in Bethlehem. They went to the house where Mary and Joseph were living and gave little Jesus their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Gold because he is a King,
Frankincense because he is God
Myrrh because he would die for us.
We do hope many of you can join us, when we act out this story.
What a wonderful Carol Service we had last Sunday! and what a lovely big Junior Choir we had, and they sang so well. Thank you!
There is no 9.15 service this Sunday, but we welcome you to the Crib Service at 4pm on Christmas Eve. The children tell and act out the story of the Nativity of Jesus, our Saviour.
If they have their own shepherd or angel costume, we would love them to come in them, though we have lots of costumes at the church and several teenagers to help dress whoever would like to take part.
On Christmas day the service is at 10am and Bishop Alan has kindly agreed to take the service as he did a couple of years ago. Many of you or your children were confirmed by him, so please do come and welcome him back on such a special day – Jesus’ birthday!
Have a very happy and joyful Christmas
This Sunday we have our Carol Service at 4:00pm with Lessons and Carols and the junior choir singing.
There will be mulled wine and mince pies in the Hall afterwards and we will draw the raffle for our Christmas hampers – so if you haven’t got your tickets yet, this will be your last chance!
On Christmas Eve we will have our Crib Service at 4:00pm. The parts are given on a first come first served basis, though children can always come dressed as Angels or Shepherds if they have their own costume. We look forward to welcoming you to this very special service.
| Xandie’s SHOUT OUT …|
How wonderful to see so many of you at our beautiful Christingle service last sunday and for all the many children and teenagers who helped and the parents who helped in the hall and putting the chairs away.
This Sunday is Messy Christmas at 4pm in the church, when we will decorate the Christmas tree, that has kindly been donated to us, and make cards and decorations.
Hazel will then tell the Christmas story of Almighty God’s amazing present of his Son, Jesus, born as a human baby in a stable in Bethlehem to save mankind.
We will then have a Bring and Share tea, as there are no cooking facilities in the church. So Please bring a plate of food to share, we are providing sausages and sausage rolls. thank you!
The following Friday 14th Dec. is the Bulrushes Christmas party, which starts at 9.30 in the Hall, we shall go into church to listen to the Christmas story with Hazel and sing. We will be providing snacks, but it would be lovely if you could bring a plate of food to share and if your child has special dietary needs, please make sure you bring food that meets their requirements.
The Carol Service is 16th December, when the junior choir will sing away in a manger. Afterwards we will draw the Hamper Raffle in the Hall.
God bless you
This Sunday is Advent Sunday (Advent means coming or arrival:- Jesus is coming!)
There is no Early Birds at 9.15, just Christingle at 4pm.
Please bring back your Candle money boxes (full of money!) and you will receive a Christingle, which will be lit in the darkened church, to remind us that Jesus, the Light of the world, is coming. If you haven’t got a Christingle box yet, please pick one up at the back of the church.
After the service we will walk round to the hall with our Christingles, for party tea. Please bring a plate of food (that your children like) to share. We will be providing sausages and mince pies.
We will also be selling tickets for our Hamper Raffle, to be drawn after the Carol Service on 16th Dec at 4pm. £1 a ticket, the children’s hampers are 10p a ticket!
The following Sunday 9th Dec. is Messy Christmas at 4:00pm in the church, decorating our Christmas tree and making cards and decorations. Hazel will tell the Christmas story and it will be followed by a bring and share tea.
On Friday 14th Dec. Bulrushes joins with the NCT for our Christmas party, which starts at 9.30 in the Hall, we shall go into church to listen to the Christmas story with Hazel and sing. Father Christmas will be coming when we go back into the hall. We will be providing snacks, but it would be lovely if you could bring a plate of food to share and if your child has special dietary needs, please make sure you bring food that meets their requirements. Thank you.
God bless you
This Sunday is the feast of Christ the King, the last Sunday of the Christian year and we have our Praise Service at 9.15am. Peter and I are taking the service, so please come and support us.
There will be no Early Birds next Sunday as it is Advent Sunday and we have our Christingle service at 4pm in the afternoon, when we all bring back our candle money boxes, full of money to support the Children’s Society, which helps kids less fortunate than ours.
We all receive Christingles, which are lit in the darkened church to represent Jesus the light of the world.
Afterwards we have party tea in the Hall. This year we won’t need to dodge puddles along our new Church Path. Please bring a plate of food (that your children like) to share. If we all do this, we have a great feast and no-one has the stress of making all the food!
We will have our Christmas Hampers on display. The raffle, which will be drawn after the 4pm Carol Service on Dec 16th. So don’t forget to bring some money to buy tickets!
Messy Christmas will be at 4pm on 9th December, when the children will decorate the Christmas tree in the church.
This week is our Family Communion Service at 9.15 and the Team Rector Jeremy is kindly taking it, so you can all have holy communion.
This is the service when we remember that Jesus died on the cross for every one of us.
He said at the Last Supper, the night before he died “Do this to remember me”. It was an order, not a request! So we must never forget the sacrifice he made for us. Just as last Sunday, we remembered all those soldiers who sacrificed their lives for us.
Thank you to all those who have made a donation to the wonderful new car park and path, what a joy to walk round to the hall, without wading through the puddles! We are still £7000 short of the total we have had to pay for this pleasure, so if you haven’t yet donated, please do see if you can help. All contributions VERY gratefully received!
Enjoy these beautiful autumn days