2021 December 19 - Pew News


Sunday 19 December 2021 - 4th Sunday of Advent

8.00am      Holy Communion (BCP)   (Revd Andrew Doye)

9.30am      Parish Communion  (Revd Andrew Doye)

Anthem: Zion at thy shining gates   George Guest

Voluntary: Nun komm der heiden heiland BWV 661         J. S Bach

Readings at 09.30am:  Micah 5: 2-5a;  Hebrews 10: 5-10;  Luke 1: 39-45

6.00pm      Service of Lessons and Carols  (led by the junior choir)

There will be a retiring collection for Christian Aid


For our prayers (contact the Rector to add names to the list shared in services):

Those who are unwell.

For appropriate and effective responses to Covid-19, in the UK and abroad.

Those facing homelessness this winter.


Sunday 26 December 2021 – First Sunday of Christmas

9.30am      Said Parish Communion  (Revd Andrew Doye)

Readings:  1 Samuel 2: 18-20, 26; Colossians 3: 12-17; Luke 2: 41-52


This Coming Week

Morning Prayer

Monday to Friday    8.30am             Morning Prayer   (via Zoom)

Please contact Marjorie Kipling if you want a Zoom invitation

Update: drop-in

Monday 20 December 2021, 10.00am  NO DROP IN – cancelled !


Wednesday, 22 December 2021 - 10.00am  Holy Communion (Revd Andrew Doye)

Friday 24 December 2021 - 3.00pm  Crib Service (come in costume if you wish)

There will be a retiring collection for The Children’s Society

11.30pm   Midnight Communion, with Carols

                 Readings:  Isaiah 9: 2-7; Titus 2: 11-14; Luke 2: 1-16

Saturday 25 December 2021 - Christmas Day

          8.00am     Holy Communion (BCP)  (Revd Andrew Doye)

          9.30am     Christmas Communion, with Carols  (Revd Andrew Doye, preaching Martin Brown)

          Readings:  Isaiah 52: 7-10; Hebrews 1: 1-4; John 1: 1-14

          11.15am   Holy Communion, with Carols at Woodmancote (Revd Andrew Doye)

The Parish Church is open for private prayer between 10.00am & 3.00pm.

The Rector is off duty on Thursday 23 December this week.

Covid - December 2021
Following the increased infection with the Omicron variant we announce these precautions in our churches.

1. Masks to be worn please (unless exempt) at all services; including for congregational singing.

2. Worshippers are encouraged to take a lateral flow test before coming to any of our larger services  -  0930s; Woodmancote 1115; both Carol Services (17th and 19th); and ‘Midnight’.

3. Please fully respect the need and comfort of others, allowing space.  Those wishing to ask specifically for this can use a notice sheet provided.

4. Please expect ventilated churches (and dress with this in mind!).

5. Choir to wear masks when not leading the singing.

6. Post-service refreshments to be cancelled (initially for 19th, 26th December and 2nd January).

7. We do NOT at this stage require bookings for Services.

Other news

Christmas Fair - thank you for all who helped and supported this event. The total raised so far is £1,353.20. More fundraising news from 2021.

The Children’s Society    There will be a retiring collection at the Crib Service, but a plate will also be out on Sunday morning, 19th December – in case anyone who is unlikely to attend the Crib Service wishes to donate cash or a cheque (payable to St John the Baptist Westbourne).  Or donate at https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/how-you-can-help/donate

Christian Aid - Online donations to its Christmas Appeal can be made at https://www.christianaid.org.uk/appeals/key-appeals/christmas-appeal

Drop-in – following recent news of the huge increase in Covid cases, it has been decided not to open the Drop-Ii sessions on Mondays at present.  We hope to open once again at some time in 2022.

Bible Reading Fellowship - Books for January to April 2022 for those who have ordered them are now in the pigeonholes in the Welcome Area.

50/50 Club - It is hoped that we can run our 50/50 Club once again from January.  We have been unable to undertake many of our fundraising activities recently, but wish to restart the Club. The annual stake is £20, with cash prizes of £25, £10 and £5 paid each month. Please speak to one of us if you would like to join the Club, or for existing members to give us your annual stake. Angie Leggett, Carole Wright or Robina Richter

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