Worship in church this week.
St Mary's is open for public worship on
Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Sunday for our usual Parish Eucharist. Being in Tier 3 means that there should be no socialising outside of your household or bubble. This is the same as when we were gathering in October.
Join us in church! Go to our Services & Worship page to see upcoming services and sign up. You can do that by clicking or tapping on this link:
Join us online! Head to our YouTube Channel to join us Live at 10am on Sunday, and access other videos. You can do that by clicking or tapping on this link:
NEW THIS WEEK
At our Crib Service we are showing our pre-recorded Nativity video. The video will also premiere on YouTube at 6pm for those joining in at home.
From our Midnight service 41 candles will decorate our windowsills, burning continuously for around 7 days. Each one has been donated in memory of a loved one.
Comfort & Joy - Reflections from the Church of England
This Christmas the Church will need, in the words of St Paul in Romans 12.15, to ‘Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep’.
Email reflections for each day from Christmas Day to 2 January feature contributions from Kate Bottley, Jonathan Bryan, Bob Chilcott, Martha Collison, Stephen Cottrell, Guli Francis-Dehqani, Chine McDonald, Sally Phillips and Justin Welby.
RECENT NEWS & REMINDERS
Service of Lessons and Carols
This year's Carol Service is online and available via our YouTube page. You can sing along at home!
Christmas lights in the church garden
The tree and hedge in the church garden are lit in memory of the late Bobby and Lilian Hart. Many thanks to all the team who helped put them in place; you've done a splendid job!
Thank you so much to all our members for paying their Tributes so promptly making Judy's task a little easier. Thank you also for your generosity - we sent £190 to the person compiling shoe boxes for the People's Kitchen.
Many thanks for the support and generosity given to this year's Christingle service. Amazingly, we have been able to send £152.77 to the Children's Society from your donations and we are aware that there have also been on-line donations. You made the light shine! Sue and Rick
Our Christmas Appeal
Giving to our chosen charity will be very difficult this year because of social distances and other restrictions. If you go to our Christmas page, you will see a link to our chosen charity for this Christmas: the Disaster Emergency Committee Coronavirus Appeal. Christmas will be difficult enough for us in the UK, and even more so where there aren't the public health resources to cope. Anything you can spare would help make a difference.
Remember that News and notices from previous weeks are all available to read by clicking "notices" at the top of the page. If you don't yet get our weekly email, sign up at the bottom of the page to join our mailing list.
For your prayers this week:
Your Prayers are requested for
Peter Schofield Tina Tompkins
Denise Burton Esther and Baby Oliver
Rest in Peace
Riccardo Austoni (Anniversary)
Nancy Porteus (Anniversary)
Don’t forget, you can add someone to the prayer list by emailing or phoning as usual, but you need to get their permission before adding them to the sick list. You can also use the form on the website here to submit a prayer request online.