Its been a busy few days at St Marys. We now have the new speakers, microphone and additional inputs on the sound system, I hope you will notice the difference on Sunday! the uneven path from the car park has now been relaid, and we are hopeful that the new carpets will be down in the next few weeks once the final price has been agreed. The work to the roof of both the church and the centre is complete, and so far no leaks have been discovered. I am grateful to all who have been involved in organising this work, particularly our wardens and the Eacotts.
Join us tomorrow at St Marys. At 8am is our quiet communion service, followed at 10am by the baptism of Madeline Herrington as welcome this child into the family of God and mark the beginning of a journey of faith. At both services our reader-in-training Tom Cox will be preaching on the invitation to a new life that God offers us all.
Tomorrow is the second week of Epiphany, and at our 8am and 10am services we will be thinking about unity and mission in the humility of John the Baptist, and Jesus words to his followers to ‘Come and See’. Later at 3-5pm there is Messy Church in the centre for fun, food and not forgetting the action songs!
Tomorrow on Christmas eve we will be singing carols at Combe House at 11:00 – followed by mince pies and mulled wine. At 4pm is our most popular service of the year – Christingle, come early to get a seat! Later at 11:15pm is the atmospheric midnight communion service, and on Christmas day we celebrate with an all-age communion at 10am – do join us to discover the real magic of Christmas.
I have now added the audio sermons from the past two weeks from our visiting speakers, Rev. Peter Taylor and Rev. Mike Talbot – check them out if you were unable to be there. You will find them under the ‘Media’ tab above.
This Sunday at St Marys: At 8am is our quiet communion service, then at 10am we have our Nativity service where we will be joined by the Rainbows, Brownies and Guides. At this service we also welcome the Rev Mike Talbot as guest preacher. At 6pm we have our candlelit carol service followed by mince pies and mulled wine. Do join us as we enter this final week of advent.
This week is Gaudete Sunday – when we focus on the joy of Christmas – I will be speaking on that subject at our 8am service, and at our all-age 10am service we welcome the Rev Peter Taylor who will be speaking on ‘The God of love’. Meanwhile here’s a festive tune that ties in with Sunday’s theme – enjoy!
Today at St Marys hall is our Christmas Fair from 2pm – do join us for goodies and a few bargains. This Sunday is the beginning of advent, and as we light the first advent candle we will be reflecting on Gods gift of hope. 8am is our quiet communion service, and at 10am we welcome the families of Ella McShane and Emerson Arts as they are baptised and welcomed into the family of God.