Vicar's update 21st DecemberSteve Newbold1

I hope you are well and were able to join us in worship yesterday.  If you missed our Carol Service can I encourage you to catch up online here – it was a real treat and so good to be part of something familiar. Thank you again to all who took part and worked so hard behind the scenes to make it happen.
 
As you know we are now in Tier 4.  Our communal worship is still permitted and as Christmas is just a few days away if you haven’t yet booked to attend a Christmas service in person can I encourage you to do so soon as there is limited space and some services are almost full.  You also need to book for next Sunday’s 11am service (note there is no 9am service next Sunday).
 
If you are involved or hoping to attend the Nativity Trail please assume that it can still go ahead - if anything changes and we will let you know. 
 
Please note that the main Christmas morning service is online at 11am (for 30mins) and will be live on our You Tube Channel – join via the website. Even if your Christmas Day is not what you expected this year, we can still worship together as a church family, so settle down at 11am and be part of our Christmas worship, including a special musical treat for us all. 
 
As is our custom over the Christmas period we are taking a special collection to help those in most need - this year for the work of the Ealing Foodbank and Tearfund.  You can give in person in Church by using a Gift Aid Envelope, or better still directly on our website here.
 
The Christmas Carol Window trail illustrating different Christmas Carols is still open and a map of their locations is on the website here – they are well worth a visit. 
 
Morning Prayer will continue as usual on Tuesday and Thursday over Christmas.  Mid Week Communion will also be held on Zoom on Wednesday 30th December.
 
Looking to next year, our monthly Prayer Meeting will be held on Wednesday 6th January at 8pm on Zoom. 
 
I realise that many of us will be celebrating Christmas very differently to what we had hoped and planned even just few days ago and some will be on their own for the first time.  Whatever you do, Sam, Caroline and I pray that you will know afresh the joy of the Christ Child as we all look forward to a hope filled (and healthier) New Year.  In the words of a Christmas blessing...

May the joy of the angels,
the eagerness of the shepherds,
the perseverance of the wise men,
the obedience of Mary and Joseph,
and the peace of the Christ Child be yours this Christmas and always.
  
With love

Steve