Sunday 10 December 2017 - Advent Two

8.00am    Holy Communion (BCP)  (Revd Andrew Doye)
9.30am    Worship for Everyone (Advent)  (Team; prchr Martin Brown)
    Hymns:  3;  Advent Ring song v.2;  12;  Soon and very soon;  638
    Organ voluntary:  Fuga alla Giga BWV 577   J.S.Bach

11.15am    Holy Communion at Woodmancote  (Revd Andrew Doye)
    Hymns:  11;  6;  3;  10

Readings:    Isaiah 40:1-11; 2 Peter 3:8-15a; Psalm 85:8-end; Mark 1:1-8

4.00pm    Christingle Service  (for all ages, in aid of The Children’s Society)
    Carols (Westbourne Carol Book):  27; 20; 25; [42]; 15; 4

Sunday 17 December 2017 – Advent 3
8.00am    Holy Communion (BCP)  (Revd Alison Green)
9.30am    Parish Communion with Nativity Play
                    (Revd Andrew Doye)
Readings:          Isaiah 61:1-4,8-end; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; Psalm 126; John 1: 6-8;19-28
6.00pm    Woodmancote Carol Service Revd Andrew Doye)

Monday 11 to Friday 15 December 2017
8.30am        Morning Prayer

Wednesday 13 December 2017
10.30am    Holy Communion (Revd Frank Hillebrand)
8.30pm        Compline, with address (Revd Andrew Doye)

Thursday 14 December 2017
11.00am    Westbourne Primary School Christmas Service (by invitation)

Monday 11 December and Thursday 14 December 2017
Drop-in at the Parish Hall, 10.00am-12noon

Saturday 16 December 2017
6.00pm        Carols in the Square, with a collection for ‘Stonepillow’

News and events

Reverse Advent Calendar
Please have a look at the information on this initiative that is in Church. There are collecting boxes in Church and in the Hall (inside the main door and another (for when there is no access because of the Nursery School) inside the double blue doors). Do try to take part if you can. Many thanks. (Urgently needed items locally: Sponge puddings, Jam, tinned potatoes, tinned meat, Smash, rice pudding, custard, coffee, UHT milk, UHT fruit juice, toiletries, household items.  They have plenty tea, pasta, baked beans and soup!) 

Night Prayer in Advent  
On Wednesday evenings, 13 and 20 December, we have a short service of Night Prayer (sometimes called Compline) with a reflective address. 8.30pm, for about 30 minutes. Do make this part of your Advent devotions.

Revd Frank Hillebrand  We are delighted that Frank now has Permission to Officiate in our Parish once again, and will be conducting the Wednesday morning communion on 13 December.

Christmas Fair 2017
Many thanks for the team effort at the Christmas Fair, a record £1,649 was raised and probably more than 130 people attended.  Well done to all. Jane S & Amy T.

A Thank You
Thank you so much to all those who signed the farewell card to us. Needless to say we are very sad to be leaving Westbourne. 43 years is a long time but we shall not be far away and, with family and friends there, we hope to be frequent visitors. Liz and Chris Alder

The beginning of Advent saw the beginning of the Diocesan Year of Prayer
Why not make this a year in which you find a greater place for prayer in your life?  Ideas include, i)  saying the Lord's Prayer each day;  ii)  joining us for Morning Prayer in St John's at 8.30am, once each week;  iii)  lighting a candle at a set time each day and offering a few minutes of silence and intercession; a scheme could be,  Mon - parts of the world in hunger, war or need; Tues - those we know who are unwell, or sad; Wed - our protection of the earth & wise use of the world's resources; Thurs - your family, and those people closest to you;  Fri  -  your own 'walk with God';   Sat - Westbourne, its surrounding area, and our churches.

Drop In
Remember  the Drop In Christmas Tea on the 18th December starting at 2.30pm. Please come along if you can and ask friends and neighbours too. Andrew Turner

Christmas Lunch - Sunday 17 December, 12.30pm, Parish Hall. Your last chance to get your ticket or this church family event & fundraiser, speak to Isobel, Angie or Abha. Menu on the church noticeboard.

Interested in Admission to Communion? Sat 6 January, 10.30am  
An open meeting in church for 45 minutes for parents who might wish their children to receive communion (before they are confirmed). Bring your questions. For those proceeding, there will be a short course for the children (in year 3 and above) over the following weeks. Please let the Rector know before Christmas, if interested.

Dates for your Diary
Friday, 5 January,  Food and Fizz.  Tickets £10 from Paula Caird.
Saturday, 3 February, at Hollybank House, "Ivor Novello - A Man of the Theatre" with Canon David Nason. Tickets on sale from 17 December.

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