I am sending this week’s email out early as a reminder about our CHRISTMAS FAYRE this Saturday morning from 10am to 12.30. Please come along and support the Fayre, which I always think is not only an opportunity to make some money for the church, but also a great way of building relationships with people from our local community who support the Fayre but don’t yet come to church. It is not too late to offer to help on the day, or simply turn up and support our various stalls, including the craft stalls from outside of the church, and, of course, to enjoy a bacon roll from the cafe!
If you are driving to the Fayre please note there will be limited space in the car park as the stall holders and disabled visitors have priority. As well as parking in the Council car park on Dovedale Road you may be able to find a space behind the vicarage as the Nursery is not open on Saturdays.
This Sunday is Advent Sunday which is not simply the start of the countdown to Christmas, but is the day in the year when we reflect on the Lord’s second coming. This is something we affirm in the creeds, but don’t often think about, and Advent is a great reminder that we need to be ready to meet the Lord when He comes. There are HOLY COMMUNION services in St Leonard’s, Rockingham at 9am and St Columba’s, Corby at 10.30am. For those unable to attend in person the service from St Columba’s will be available as a livestream via the following link: https://youtu.be/C2BNfvaS240
Our children and young people will begin their preparations for the Nativity Service on 18th December this Sunday, so do encourage them all to come along and join in. As ever there will be a variety of speaking and non-speaking parts and Get Closer will be making us all think with a challenging sketch.
On Sunday evening there will be our regular PRAYER MEETING in church at 6pm to which everyone is welcome.
ALPHA continues on Monday evening in church at 7.30pm. It is not too late to join if you are interested. Do speak with Kevin of you would like to know more – 07512 822422
We had a good start to our Advent Fellowship Group last Wednesday and we will be meeting again in church this Wednesday at 10.30am. I do encourage others to join us as we continue to think about the events that led up to the birth of Christ, and how they relate to us.
Next Sunday, 4th December, we have a service of Morning Worship at St Columba’s at 10.30am and everyone is welcome.
There is a new letter from M&H at the back of church. We are not able to circulate this by email so please do take a minute over coffee after church and have a read.
And finally, a big thank you to everyone who packed a shoebox and those who waited in church to receive them. If you still have a box at home you can bring it on Sunday and James & Louisa will be able to take it with them to the collection centre.
May God bless you all in this Advent season,