Christmas 2014 – ‘Ding Dong Merrily’

Here are the list of Christmas events this year : )

 

Sunday 7th December

10am:  Advent Carol Service – we prepare for his coming : ) 

St Mary’s Community Centre

Friday 12th December

3.45pm: Christingle – How do an orange, some sweets and a candle help us to make the most of Christmas?

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Sunday 14th December

6pm  Carols by Candlelight – a great time of singing, carols, candles and celebration of God’s gift to us

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Sunday 21st December

4pm  ‘Messy Christmas’ – a story, craft and cake-filled time of Christmas celebration and fun

Christmas Eve

4pm   ‘The Crib Service’ – it’s nearly time! : ) Come and sing carols as we near the time of Jesus’ birth. A time of celebration for all ages.

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6pm  ‘The Crib Service’ – exactly the same as 4pm, only later : ) 

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11.30pm  ‘Midnight Communion’ – see in the great day! 

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 Christmas Day

9am  ‘Holy Communion’  – a simple, short service to start the day. It lasts about 30 minutes, no carols.

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10am   Morning Worship for Christmas – a time of carol singing as we celebrate Christmas Day. Children are most welcome to bring a toy or something else Santa might have brought them : )

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Sunday December 28th

10am  Christmas Nativity – we build the nativity scene as we sing Carols. Children can come along dressed as shepherds, angels or wise men : ) 

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Sermons….

Just a note to say sorry that there has been no sermon posted since 5th October. We have ‘upload’ problems that we hope to be able to solve soon. The good news is that we have the recordings of the sermons on October 12th, 19th, 26th and November 2nd. We’ll get them on the site as soon as we can.

Thanks for your patience : )

Moving…as always.

On Sunday 26th October we held our annual ‘Service of Light’. We come together as family and friends to remember our loved ones and encourage each other to grieve in a ‘healthy’ way.

It is always very moving and this year was no exception. At the appropriate moment in the service we read aloud the names of all those we have come to remember. We then all place a lit candle on the communion table.

We then dim the lights… and…watch…and…remember.

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We thank God for them.

We pray for God’s healing and comfort upon all those who mourn.

We thank God that He rose Jesus from the dead thereby giving proof to us all of the certainty of His promises.

 

We went to Brands Hatch! : )

There are petrol heads in our church family! : ) 13 of us went to Brands Hatch on Saturday 25th October to watch the Saturday element of the annual Formula Ford festival weekend. We saw some great racing (the Fiesta racing was particularly bonkers) and, as you can see in this picture, the weather was simply gorgeous. So the sun set on a great day’s racing. We had good time and will definitely be going again.

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Cleaning up Ball Lane Cemetery

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A group of volunteers spent the last 2 Monday mornings clearing Ball Lane Cemetery and have done a fantastic job!

Thanks to Mike Paddy, Mike Thompsett, Graham Coker, Lorraine Andrews, Derek Sorrell and Robin Wolfe-Murray who achieved this brilliant clearance in two Monday morning sessions.

 

Men’s Breakfast – 19 July 2014

Come and have breakfast with other men and enjoy great food, conversation and friendship.

The speaker is Rev Richard King and his topic is:

Where have all the men gone? Reclaiming a male spirituality

Meet at 8am in the community centre, Rylands Road and we are finished by 10am.  Suggested donation is £3.