Worship across the Parish: Christ The King
8.00am St.Mary’s 1662 Said Communion
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Hazel O’Sullivan/Andy Norris
10.30am St.Mary’s Church Alive
11.00am St.Luke’s Communion
11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship Darren Clarke
6.30pm St.Mary’s iNViTe reflective prayer & praise
Andy Norris & Worship Group
Thurs 10.00am St.Faith’s Communion
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!
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.
MESSY CHURCH Thurs 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.
SERVING & GIVING
Acts 4v32: ‘“they did not claim their possessions as their own, but they shared everything they had… in God’s grace.”
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.
Christmas is coming!
Please pray that all our Christmas visitors may know the Lord’s welcome, grace and blessing for Christmas!
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.
The festival includes a wonderful Bay House School 12noon-1.00pm on Friday; entry by Free Tickets Only from Parish Office or from Liz Sykes-Little.
Home made cakes and quiche are sought by Carol Workman and the team who will be hosting the ‘cafe’ in the Parish Centre over the festival weekend – thank you very much, plus any draw prizes!
Urgent delivery – thank you.
10,000 PARISH CHRISTMAS CARDS: TODAY
Please take a bundle of cards to post along the streets.
Street Bundles of our greetings cards are at the back of
St.Mary’s for posting along yours and all the the roads of the parish ahead of the Christmas Tree Festival which starts in 11 days!
If you can enjoy a nice walk along the roads, even praying for peace and blessing upon the residents as you post a card through their door, then your help would be invaluable – thank you. The homes use about half the cards – the other cards go to the schools, care homes, etc, with some available in our churches. Thank you.
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
Thurs 12th Dec St.Luke’s evening Carol 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
PARISH CENTRE REGENERATION
breaks through £100,000!
We’re anticipating an outcome from our planning application over this next week. But this is to let you know that Peter the Treasurer reports that “the Fashion Show raised £824.25. Well done one and all for another great event! I am waiting on some Gift Aid monies ahead of preparing our latest accounts but I am delighted to report that we have now raised £100,480 since we started fundraising back in 2016 – what a landmark!” Peter Ford.
A landmark for which to give thanks – and to the team who’ve worked tirelessly for the new parish centre, thank you all.
WE’RE SAD TO SAY…
We’re very sorry to say that long standing congregational member Michael Wright has passed away this last weekend. Please pray for Joan and their family. 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
3.30pm Fri 13th Dec – Thanksgiving for Michael Wright