Vicar's update 25th NovemberSteve Newbold  2017 web2

Our monthly Church Prayer Meeting is on Tuesday (4th December) from 8pm – 9pm.   Do come as we pray for our church and the many opportunities we have this month to witness to Jesus, Emmanuel – God with us.
 
There are still lots of Christmas invitations to deliver around the Parish.  Caroline and I spent some time yesterday delivering to a few roads and it didn’t take long – can you help by doing the same either during this week or next?
 
The Welcome & Hospitality we offer as a church is really important and it was wonderful to see so many in church this Sunday for our All Age Service and the baptism of Alexander and Catherine Gibson.  Could you help with hospitality at our Carol Services on 16th and at the Christmas Eve 4.30pm service where we welcome many from the community who don’t usually come to our church? Please sign up in church if you can.
 
Next Sunday (9th) as well as our usual morning services, there is a special Advent Evening Service at 6.30pm consisting of poetry, prose, praise and prayers.  Then at 8pm there is a Men’s Curry Night at the Samrat restaurant in Pitshanger Lane.  Jonathan Jones (jonjones64@hotmail.com) is booking the table, let him know by return if you would like to come.   Also from next Sunday a board will be in church for you to use to display a Christmas Card to the whole church.  This is a good way to cut down but still share your greetings with others; you could give the money saved to our Christmas collection!
 
Our annual Carol Services are on Sunday 16th December at 4.30pm and 6.30pm.  As well as a choir and brass ensemble there will be lots of familiar carols for us all to sing.  Each service last about an hour and is followed by mulled wine and mince pies.  The services are suitable for all the family (although probably not for very young children).  A lot of hard work goes into preparing for these services so please do come and invite family, neighbours and friends to come with you.
 
Livability, the UK’s largest Christian disability charity, will be running a practical half-day workshop on dementia awareness at St Stephen’s on Sat Jan 19th 10am – 1pm . The purpose is to encourage and equip us to take the next steps towards supporting people living with dementia, carers, and those affected by it. It is free and open to anyone in the congregation. Places are limited so contact Rosemary Beardow to book a place or to find out more.
 
Have a good week.

Steve