Vicar's update 18th DecemberSteve Newbold  2017 web2

Behold I bring you good news – the gas supply to the church has now been reconnected and the heating is working again!  We are grateful to everyone for bearing with this over the past couple of weeks.

We had two great Carol Services on Sunday – if you didn’t come you missed a treat!  I am grateful to everyone who played a part by singing, reading, helping with welcome and hospitality, moving furniture, tidying up and so many other things.  Particular thanks go to James Harvey who planned the evening and worked so hard with the choir and band to provide a wonderful evening.

Christmas is all about Good News – the good news of Jesus being born into our world.  This weekend we will have our usual Sunday services (9am, 10.30am and 6.30pm) although the 10.30am will be for all ages and shorter than usual. 

Christmas proper begins on Christmas Eve with our 4.30pm service of Carols, Nativity and Christingles.  Children are encouraged to come dressed as their favourite nativity character and will have a role in the service.  If you’re not coming as a nativity character do wear your Christmas jumper!  This is usually the biggest service of the year so arrive early if you want a seat.  

Our Midnight Communion this year starts at 11pm (note new time) and will finish just after midnight.  This is a lovely way to welcome in Christmas Day itself with traditional carols and liturgy.

On Christmas Day we have just one service for all the family at 10.30am.  This is one of my favourite services of the year and always great fun.  Do come if you can and bring a new present that can be shown top us all. I assure you that the service will only last an hour so there will be lots of time to go home and enjoy the rest of the day.

I hope you have a good week which I am sure will be busy for us all as we prepare for Christmas, and look forward to seeing you soon.  If you are going away for Christmas travel well and have a great time.