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Worship across the Parish:    2 before Advent

8.00am St.Mary’s 1662 Said Morning Prayer

Paddy Trasler

9.15am St.Mary’s Communion

Hazel O’Sullivan

10.30am St.Mary’s Church Alive

Andy Norris

11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship Paddy Trasler

12.30pm St.Mary’s Baptism

6.30pm St.Mary’s 1662 Evensong

Tim Sharman

Thurs 10.00am St.Faith’s Communion 

Tim Watson

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In two weeks, get your tickets now …

CHRISTMAS SUPPER & ENTERTAINMENT

Our annual extravaganza hosted by the Choir.  Saturday 30th Nov from 7.00pm in the Parish Centre.  Tickets £12 (Students £7) from Parish Office. Seating in tables of up to 10. PBAB & glasses! 

TRAIDCRAFT THIS SUNDAY

Traidcraft stall at St.Mary’s this Sunday morning. Last chance to order before Christmas. Gifts, Cards, Wrapping Paper, Chocolate…

MOTHERS’ UNION with Hazel This Tues 19th

‘What’s age got to do with it?’ at 2.00pm in the Parish Centre.

CONNECTIONS   Next Thurs 21st

Coffee and activities morning for Seniors from 10.00am -11.30am in the Scout Hut, Clayhall Road.  Every 1st/3rd Thurs.

‘SMILE’ LADIES NIGHT        Next Fri 22nd

Ladies SMILE group wreath making evening Friday 22nd November in the Parish Centre.  A choice of felt costing £7 or of rag for £5.  Alternatively bring your own wire coat hanger and materials and make a rag wreath at a cost of £1 towards the tuition.   Can you please contact Emma indicating  which wreath you would like to make.

Coffee, Cake & Co.   Tues 26th Nov

We’d value your company every 4th Tuesday of the month from 10.30am-noon in the Parish Centre.  £2.50 for coffee and cake.  Cakes & books for sale.  A great buzz and meeting place.  

CUPPA & COMPANY    Tues 26th Nov

In the Parish Centre between 2pm – 3pm.  Friendship, conversation & cake for any who are bereaved – simply pop in or take a friend.

NEXT MESSY CHURCH 28th Nov

Children and their adults are invited to join us for crafts, games, fun, songs, story, worship and a hot cooked tea from 3.30pm in the Parish Centre 28th November.

TREE FESTIVAL SUNDAY TIME CHANGES

Please note: No St.Mary’s 9.15am or Church Alive on 8th Dec when we shall have one united festival service at 10.00am.

ALPHA COURSE 2020 – save the dates!

Please note for your diary that our next Alpha Course will start with a ‘Fish n Chip’ supper on Thurs 6th February and run through to Easter in the Parish Centre, with a planned ‘day’ on 14th March.

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SERVING & GIVING

Acts 4v32:  ‘“they did not claim their possessions as their own, but they shared everything they had… in God’s grace.

HEARING HEADPHONES

If any folk struggle to hear in St.Mary’s then we do have four sets of  ‘headphones’ which can be borrowed.  They work effectively off the loop system and we’d rather you felt comfortable to use them than struggle to hear.  They may be helpful when ‘noises off’ disturb too.

CHURCH FOUNDATION GOVERNOR

Could you be a school governor?  Please have a word with Andy.

GIVING MONEY TO THE CHURCH

We’re so grateful for all that is given in support of our life & ministry, mission & worship – thank you.  

We have not had a general appeal for a good while due to our special fundraising in favour of the new Parish Centre along with the ‘crowd funding’ for the Families Minister post and our Africa Partnerships – thank you for all that is given.

At the Church Council there was thankfulness for the ‘grace’ of giving which is miraculously sustaining us in our day to day cost.  But those costs are increasing in 2020 – especially our ‘parish share’ towards the mission of the whole diocese going up to £134,037.  So members wondered if a ‘gentle’ reminder in this pew sheet might encourage some to review our ‘general’ giving and, if circumstances allow, increase it in keeping with inflation or whatever is possible!  Also an encouragement to use the ‘Parish Giving Scheme’ (PGS) for regular giving.  It is the tailor made scheme which works in favour of the giver and the church when compared to envelopes and Standing Orders.  New givers would especially be encouraged to sign up to the Parish Giving Scheme for which leaflets and forms are at the back of church.  But however you choose to give we’re very grateful, so thank you very much indeed for we are a self-funded charity where every penny does count and is an expression of our love for and worship of the Lord!  Thanks.

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  Christmas is coming!

With a footfall of 10,000 we look forward to welcoming many people through our church doors this December! Please pray that they may know the Lord’s welcome, grace and blessing for Christmas & the New Year.

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL 2020

Join us and 5000 people for our moving celebration in St.Mary’s on:

Friday 6th Dec:   3.00pm-7.00pm

Saturday 7th Dec:  11.00am-6.00pm

Sunday 8th Dec: 12noon-6.00pm

Also, Carol Singing Opening & Switching on of lights with Mayor on Thursday 5th December at 6.15pm followed by mulled wine & pies.

TEAM TO PREPARE CHRISTMAS CARDS?

Can you help next Friday morning from 9.00am-11.00am in the Parish Centre to compile our Christmas Cards in to Street bundles?  Any help – the more the merrier – would be greatly appreciated so that Streets can be ready to collect of posting next weekend ahead of the Christmas Tree Festival.  Thank you very much.

500 CHRISTMAS ‘HOPE’ MAGAZINE donations

We hope to give away 500 Christmas editions featuring Tom Hanks.  If any would like to donate towards the cost then any gifts in an envelope marked ‘Christmas Hope Magazine’ would be very much appreciated.  If too much is given it will help us pay for the parish Christmas Cards too!  Thank you so much.

SPECIAL CHRISTMAS SERVICES

Sun 8th Dec 10.00am   Christmas Tree Festival Service

Sun 15th Dec 6.30pm   Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols

Sun 22nd Dec 10.45am   Carol Praise & Scratch Nativity

11.15am   St.Francis’ Christmas Communion

Christmas Eve 3.00pm & 4.30pm  Crib Services

11.00pm   Midnight Communion

Christmas Day 8.00am   Traditional Said Holy Communion

10.00am   Christmas Communion (all age)

Leesland Neighbourhood Church has a programme of Christmas activity at St.Faith’s which can be seen  at: www.Leesland.co.uk  

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WE’RE SAD TO SAY…

We’re very sorry to say that long standing chorister and member of the congregation Nigel Williams passed away suddenly last weekend.  Please pray for Karen along with their daughters Alice & Emma.  Funerals in St.Marys:

11.15am Thurs 28th Nov – Thanksgiving for Anne Charlesworth

10.30am Fri 29th Nov – Funeral for Richard Perry

1.00pm Thurs 12th Dec – Funeral for Nigel Williams