St Mary’s & St Luke’s Services, Readings, News & Church at Home Resources for 28 November 2021 – Advent Sunday
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Weekly Information Sheet
The Weekly Sheet has news and information and the
Readings, Collect and Post Communion Prayer in it for this Sunday.
We have assessed our church’s response to Covid, and the same measures will stay in place for November and will be assessed again ahead of December. Revd Mike.
Advent & Christmas Services 2021
Inspired by readings from the Gospels of Luke and John read at so many Christmas services, At the heart of Christmas is an invitation to everyone to discover – or rediscover – the good news of God’s saving love as revealed in the birth of Jesus.
Revd Ken Sambrook’s Funeral Information
It is on Monday 29 November 2021, 11:30am at St Mary’s Church Wistaston CW2 8HA.
The service will also be live streamed on our YouTube Channel at https://youtu.be/qsuKwWHBWvc
We anticipate Ken’s funeral being very well attended and priority in church will obviously be given to family and close friends. With this in mind, we are going to simultaneously live stream Ken’s funeral to the Church Hall. Once the church is deemed ‘full’ you will be directed to the Church Hall. If you prefer, you can go directly to the Church Hall, both venues will open at 11am, please help us by not arriving before this time.
The service in church will be followed by a private cremation.
Please be aware that, at both venues, we have Covid measures in place to mitigate risk: we ask that you sanitise your hands and wear a face covering entering and leaving the church and hall & remain seated whilst singing (and if possible wear a mask). Due to the expected numbers we will not be able to supply any socially distanced seating at either venue. My advice is that you join with us online if this will cause you an issue.
Please note that you should not attend if you have tested positive for Covid within the past 14 days, you have Covid symptoms, you are having to isolate due to coming into contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid or if you are advised not to because of extreme vulnerability to Covid.
All enquiries re the funeral should be made in the first instance to the Funeral Directors, Graham Tresidder & Son on 01270 812512.
With every blessing, Revd Mike.
Shoebox Appeal 2021
This year we are partnering with Teams4u who have been delivering Shoeboxes since 2006.
Our Annual Toy Service
The Toy Sunday 5 December: once again this year, due to the limitations in place due to Covid, the Salvation Army are asking for financial donations in lieu of toys. You can make a donation through JustGiving here bit.ly/toysunday – we will also have a bucket collection on Sunday 5 December.
Thursday Home Group – The Bible Series: Experience a better story
A 7-part journey through the big story of the Bible for your whole church.
To find out more about our Thursday Home Group please call Howard Barker for more info and to book a place: 07552276587. They are currently at the Bible Course from the Bible Society – all welcome!
Ladies Afternoon Group
Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 8 December 2021 when we shall be joining our Mothers Union friends at a Carol Service in the Church at 2.15pm. After the service you are invited to the Church Hall for tea, coffee and mince pies.
On Thursday 27 January 2022 we are holding our A.G.M. which will be followed by a Bring and Share tea.
We look forward to seeing you at both these events. Audrey and Marian.
Many thanks to all the members and friends who gave a donation. We raised the marvellous sum of £120 for the Britain and Ireland Fund, this has now been sent. On the 8th December is our annual Carol Service along with the Ladies Afternoon Group, this will be followed by refreshments in the Church Hall. Please bring Mince pies if possible. Thank you, Jenny.
The Church Office
This is now open Tuesday to Friday 9.30am-12.30am (please note Monday – we are available but the actual office is closed, but all emails and enquiries will be responded to as normal). It is good to be back! Regards from Polly and Teresa. Office tel number 01270 567119.
After church refreshments have restarted at St Mary’s. We need people who can make drinks and those who can set up the hall up for November & December, please sign up on the rota in the hall or call the office.
The hope is for people in Church of England churches across the country to use the Living in Love & Faith resources to study and pray together. The resources are designed to encourage and enable engagement and learning in a variety of settings. This church-wide learning together, listening to one another, and listening to God is part of discerning a way forward for the Church of England in relation to matters of identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage. The purpose of the resources is to enable the Church of England churches across the country to participate in a process of learning and praying together as part of discerning a way forward in relation to matters of identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage.
Revd Mike, along with the PCC, will be exploring ways to facilitate these discussions in our church community.
You can read more on the Diocesan website and download the free eBook here: bit.ly/livinginloveandfaith
Funerals this past week
Funerals still to take place
Revd Ken Sambrook
Church at Home Resources for all ages
Together @ Home Resources
Faith at Home from the Church of England
Faith at Home is a national campaign that builds on the work of Growing Faith and Everyday Faith to support the faith development and pastoral care of children and young people. Click Here to go to the Faith at Home website.
A bitesize Bible experience from the Ollerton Family
Through 15 minute sessions explore famous characters and events that form The Greatest Story Ever and discover how we can be part of it today. Simple to run. Fun. Free. No prior knowledge required. This family devotional course mixes online content (videos, readings, discussion) and printed cards to form a colourful learning experience in your own home. https://thegreateststoryever.org
The Bible Society Bible Book Club