Vicar's update 5th OctoberSteve Newbold1

I hope you are well.
 
Our monthly Prayer Meeting is this evening (1st December) at 8pm – please ask if you would like the Zoom joining code.

Tomorrow, our 11am Wednesday Communion service will again be on Zoom (please ask for the Passcode).
 
As you know the current restrictions that prohibited public worship end this week so from next Sunday (6th December) our service pattern will again be:
 
9am                 Holy Communion
11am               Informal Service (with JAM and Youth Group)
                        also Livestreamed via our website and You Tube
 
Please do book your places on the website as we were doing back in October, including for children and young people’s groups.
 
On Sunday, there will be a Traidcraft Sale after both services.  There will also be an opportunity for taking the name and details of someone abroad who is suffering persecution for practicing their Christian Faith so that you can pray for them and send them a card with encouraging words.
 
Our Christmas service plans were supported by the Church Council last night.  Because of social distancing requirements things will look quite different from previous years.  The Christmas Eve afternoon service is replaced with an outdoor Nativity Trail for Families, the Christmas Eve ‘Midnight Communion’ will take place 3 times and our main Carol Service and Christmas Day services will both be broadcast via the website.  There will also be a short Communion in church on Christmas morning. Do look here for full details. 
You will be able to book for all events from 10th December.
 
We are planning a Christmas Carol Window trail close to church from 10 December onwards where there will be decorated windows illustrating different Christmas Carols.  This is aimed to be a public witness of the nativity story in a year where sadly we cannot welcome the huge numbers through our doors that we usually see. The map will be published next week.  If anyone else not so close to church would like to create one in their own house/flat, and be a local witness in their neighbourhood (based on a Christmas Carol), that would be lovely.  See here for more details. Do let Jane Maffett (events@ststephens-ealing.org) know if you are going to have a go! 

With my love and prayers

Steve