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St.Mary's Church

Associate Minister Rev’d Margaret Dixon: 01993 880095
rev.margaret.dixon@btinternet.com

Turner Hall Enquiries - Diana Craig: 01993 881084

 

From St Mary’s Church please see our website for more details: www.northleighchurch.org

We are now in the season of Advent; a time of preparation before the celebration of Christmas. But far from being a time of quiet preparation and reflection it usually turns into a period of frenzied activity as we make sure that everything is perfect for our Christmas festivities. However much we have to do we need to make sure that we have some time to rest and take stock.

This year, as you will have noticed, there hasn’t been a Christmas Tree Festival. We decided to have a rest, with our own opportunity to take stock. But we are putting on a series of prayer/reflection stations, called `Experience Christmas’. By the time you read this some of the children from North Leigh School will have visited the church to take part in a planned session. We will be leaving the stations up around church and you are welcome to visit and Experience Christmas for yourselves while the church is open during the day. I hope that you will avail yourself of the opportunity to use these `stations’ to help you prepare for Christmas and to use them to think, prayerfully and thankfully, about our celebration of Jesus’ birth.

At 3.00pm, on Sunday 10th December, a local music group are putting on a Christmas Carol Concert in the church. This is being organised by local musicians and singers, The Foxgloves who will entertain us to some Christmas music; refreshments are available and there will be a retiring collection in aid of the church roof appeal.

The church Christmas cards, containing information about all the special Christmas services, have been delivered across the parish. I would particularly like to draw your attention to the Carols by Candlelight on Sunday 17th at 6.30pm, the 4.00pm Christmas Eve Crib Service, where we will tell the nativity story through words and songs as the children take various roles, the Midnight Communion beginning at 11.15pm and the 10.00am Christmas Morning communion.

I hope you can take the time to join us at one of the services to thank God for the most wonderful gift of Love, JESUS. I would like to wish you a very Happy Christmas.

God Bless,

Margaret

 

Coming services/events

If you require more information about any of our services or events please contact Margaret.

Sunday 10th December
10.00am Holy Communion (CW)
3.00pm A Christmas Carol Concert in aid of Church funds
6.00pm Evening Prayer (BCP)

Wednesday 13th December
12-4.00pm Seniors’ Lunch and Tea Club

Saturday 16th December
10.30-12.30pm KIDZONE (at the Youth Centre)

Sunday 17th December
10.00am Family Communion
6.30pm Carols by Candlelight

Tuesday 19th December
10.00am North Leigh School Christmas Service
7.00pm WI Carol Service

Sunday 24th December (Christmas Eve)
10.00am Holy Communion
4.00pm Crib Service
11.15pm Christmas Midnight Communion by candlelight (CW)

Monday 25th December (Christmas Day)
10.00am Christmas Communion (CW)

Sunday 31st December
10.00am Holy Communion

Sunday 7th January
9.00am Holy Communion (BCP)
10.00am Café Church in the Turner Hall
6.00pm Holy Communion (CW)

 

Bell Ringing times during December

 Service Ringing:

The bells will ring for up to an hour prior to the regular 10.00am and 6.00pm services as well as additional services over Christmas.

Practice Ringing:

The bells will ring as usual on Friday evenings, 7.30-9.00pm.

Additional Ringing:

Thursday, December 14th: We will be holding an additional practice for two hours in the morning or afternoon.

We will be ringing the old year out and the New Year in at midnight on New Year's Eve, beginning around 11.30pm and finishing at around 12.30am.

Advanced notice that we hope to ring for the "Auction of Promises" successful bidder's happy occasion on Saturday January 13th.

Updated : December 2017


Windmill Gospel Hall

We once again come around to this lovely time of Christmas and with it the end of another year!

When we look back it has been quite some year for this world as I’ve written about previously – we have had much turmoil in this world’s politics and many would look forward in trepidation at what the future holds! But this Christmas I want to remind you of the one we would celebrate that brought this world Peace.

This one was preceded hundreds of years before He came to earth by the prophetic words of Isaiah in Ch9 v6 who said “For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace”.

The angels in declaring to the shepherds that night concerning the Saviour of the world could say that “A Saviour, which is Christ the Lord” (is born) and they continue “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, Good will to all men”.

Jesus was born and He came to die as we often remember at Easter to give those that trust in Him peace. I wonder, do you have peace in your life? Do you have peace that your future is secured through Jesus Christ our Lord? The words of Jesus are in John 14v27 “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid”. I trust these words are a comfort to you personally this Christmas time and that you look forward in life and beyond with peace and hope.

We all at Windmill Gospel Hall wish every reader a very Happy Christmas and we would especially like to invite you to come along to our Carol Service Sunday 24th @ 4.00pm. We would love to see you if can make it. If you would like to come but need transport, please let us know by calling our free phone number 0800 026 3000.

IS

Weekly Services for December

Every Sunday 11.30am Sunday School (Finishes 17th until 14th January 2018)
Sunday 10th 4.00pm Family Service
Sunday 17th 4.00pm Friends and Family Tea
Sunday 24th 4.00pm Christmas Eve Carol Service
Sunday 31st 4.00pm No Family Service

Updated : December 2017