2020 December 20 - Pew News


Worship from the 4th Sunday of Advent (20th December)

Gathered Services (in the Parish Church unless stated): ALL NEED BOOKING (via the Rector)

20th December: 08:00 Holy Communion (BCP). 1800 Lessons and Carols, led by adult members of the choir

23rd December: 18:00 Lessons and Carols, led by junior members of the choir

24th December, Christmas Eve: 18:00 Said Communion (modern language) Christmas Day

25th December, Christmas Day: 08:00 Holy Communion (BCP). 11:15 Said Communion (modern language) at Woodmancote

‘ALL NEED BOOKING’ requires pre-booking a place due to limited numbers. Please do not turn up without confirmation that you have a place, or you will be turned away. Booking in advance is by phone or email to the Rector.

Virtual Services (via Zoom): (all these are open to everyone, through the Zoom address)

20th December: 09:30 Morning Prayer, with Nativity Play. 22 nd December: 18:00 Woodmancote’s ‘Carols in the Kitchen’ 

Christmas Eve: 15:00 Crib Service

Christmas Day: 09:30 Christmas Parish Communion

27th December: 09:30 Parish Communion

Midweek Daily Prayer
0830: for daily invitation, please contact the Rector or Marjorie Kipling.
Note there is no Daily Prayer on Christmas Day or Monday, 28th December.

The readings in our morning service were Luke 1: 46-55 and Romans 16: 25-end. 

For our prayers (contact the Rector or Wardens to add names)

For those expecting babies at Christmas. For healthcare workers. Those experiencing hardship and sadness through the government’s restraints on social interaction during Covid-19. All who are afraid.


Thank you to all those working hard to prepare music, to decorate and clean our churches, to ensure that we can offer a fine welcome and our very best worship in this holy season. Nativity - a wonderful nativity production was enjoyed in Sunday’s online service. It can be seen again, in slightly different context, at our Crib Service, 15:00 Christmas Eve. All welcome (see above).

Andrew and Karen Doye thank you for your kind wishes & greetings in the lead-up to Christmas.

Services in the weeks ahead. Our churches’ plans for the period to the end of January are set out in the current magazine and will be published further as the weeks proceed. We of course await national directives to know what will remain possible for us. Still, the published schedule sets out our best intentions.

Westbourne Help, which did such a good job locally in the earlier months of the pandemic has been called back into being by the Parish Council to help those who are isolating or have no other support during the winter because of Covid-19. Notices are being posted around the village.

GENERAL NOTICES regarding provision and access during Covid-19
Nose and mouth coverings must be worn in gathered services. There is no congregational singing. Our Parish Church of St John the Baptist, Westbourne, is open to visitors from 10am-3pm each day (Sunday 12 noon – 3pm). You may find it open on some occasions in the early evening, too

Our Parish Church of St John the Baptist, Westbourne, is open to visitors from 10am-3pm each day (Sunday 12 noon – 3pm). [At the time the pew sheet was produced]

You may find it open on some occasions in the early evening, too. Whilst this remains so, we continue presently to ask all who come to wear face coverings and to write their details on the sheet to help us fulfil our Test and Trace responsibilities. For smartphone users, we now have our own venue QR code which can be used to record your visit. Please enter by the North door, and leave by the West door, using sanitizer on entry and upon leaving.

The toilet is not in use during the week. The local church continues to worship through ‘Zoom’ on weekday mornings at 08:30 (for half an hour).

The Rector will be pleased to add to those names already registered with us and wishing to join these daily acts, however occasionally. Just send him an email. If there are causes or people that you wish to bring to the attention of the Church and its praying community, please contact Rector or Wardens, whose details are below.



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