Sunday 8th December 2019
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Open Door Stewards: This is Week 2 on your rota.
Coffee Volunteers Needed: If you are able to volunteer to serve coffee after the Sunday service, please see Jeanette.
Service at Silverwood on Monday 9th December at 11am all welcome.
Augustine to Justin: The last meeting before Christmas is Tuesday, 10th December. We meet again in the new year on Tuesday, 7th January. Pat Atkins (0115) 925 6327.
Newark Parish Church Christmas Tree Festival: December 6th -12th. Opening times: Saturdays: 9.30am–5.30pm; Sundays: 12.30-4.30pm; Weekdays: 10am-4.30pm. Admission: Adults-£2; children–50p. All welcome.
Mothers’ Union: Thank you to everyone who joined us at our last meeting about the Nottingham Street Pastors. We had an extremely interesting talk about their work in the centre of Nottingham every weekend. A retiring collection raised £31 to enable them to purchase items for their work – thank you. At our next meeting on Thursday, 12th December we will think about Christmas around the world, so if you have any Christmas items from other countries you would like to show us, please bring them along. There will also be a raffle in aid of Womens’ Aid. We meet in church at 2pm for a 2.15pm start. Sheila Allton.
A little pre Christmas joy for you! Hope Community Gospel Choir’s Christmas concert is at St Mary’s in the Lace Market on 13th December at 7.30pm. You may spot a couple of familiar faces in the choir! Tickets £5 on the door only, and all proceeds will be going to the work of Emmanuel House.
Carrington Nativity tickets on sale: Tickets for the Carrington Nativity are on sale. Priced at £5 adults, £4 under-14s, and £15 for a family of two adults and two children they are available online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/carringtonnativity.co.uk and at The Little Deli in Carrington, Roots Natural Foods in Sherwood and Christine’s Community Cafe in Sherwood. The fully staged re-telling of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth is being produced by St John’s Church and Community Centre and is the brainchild of the Vicar, the Revd James Pacey. It is a community initiative with cast members being drawn from all over Carrington and the surrounding areas. James says: “The Christmas message is for all people and I am utterly delighted that we have a large cast and crew of varying ages and backgrounds.” With a powerful cinematic style soundtrack, The Carrington Nativity plays on December 20th and 21st at St John’s Church. More info can be found on the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/carringtonnativity
Parish Office: Please note that Kathryn will not be in the Parish office on Thursday 26th December and Thursday 2nd January. If you have any notices for the Sundays affected, please let her know before Thursday 19th December so they can be produced. Many thanks
CHURCH FAMILY NEWS
Baptism: Leo Xander Craig will be baptised here at 12:15pm today.
Please support and pray for Leo and his parents and Godparents.
Thank you all for your support at Messy Church this last year. We have had 62 families and 114 children attend. We will be back in the New Year on Saturday 11 January at 3pm.
Prayers: please remember in your prayers: Tony Ford, Sheila Allton, Sally Baldock, Teresa Downing, Simon Bramley, Louise Cummings, Margaret Joynes, Trevor Slack, Paul Badham, Baby Myles Bell who are sick and Paul McGinlay and Betty Nicholaides who died in recent days, and all those who mourn.
Looking forward to Advent and Christmas: December at St John’s
As we enter the season of preparation for Christmas, there are some special events at St John’s during advent, in addition to our usual Sunday morning and weekday services.
Sunday 8 December at 6.30pm will be a more contemporary reflective seasonal service of readings and music to listen to (rather than sing) led by Rev. Tracey. If you’re able to be there and would like to share in one of the readings, please let Tracey know.
Sunday 15 December at 6.30pm, Adam and Chris will lead us in a gentle, candlelit time of prayer, singing and silence in the Taizé tradition, drawing on the themes of advent.
Sunday 22 December it’s the turn of our Methodist brothers and sisters to host us at our joint Christmas carol service – more details to follow closer to the date.
Join us for evening screenings of the acclaimed BBC drama The Nativity in church on Tuesday 10 December, Tuesday 17 December and Tuesday 7 January at 7.30pm. A chance to put our new audio visual system – and our splendid underfloor heating – to the test! There will be coffee, maybe some wine, and seasonal nibbles to keep us going, and an optional short informal service of night prayer to finish off. Sign up sheet at the back of church so we have an idea of numbers – but come along anyway, even if you haven’t remembered to sign up. Let Rev. Tracey know if you’d like to come along but need or can offer a lift.
There are Christmas cards at the back of church with details of all these events on – please distribute these widely amongst your friends.
Rainbow Christmas: along with the other churches in the diocese who are signed up to Inclusive Church (including Lenton Methodists, St Peter’s and St John’s Carrington) we’re helping to organise Rainbow Christmas – a service for the LGBT+ community, our friends and families, on Thursday 19 December at 6.00pm at St Peter’s (next to M&S in the city centre) As well as being a chance for inclusive-minded folks to get together and celebrate, we’re hoping to connect with some of the 80 or so people who came along to the service at Nottingham Pride in the summer, almost all of whom had been away from church for many years, and were looking for a chance to reconnect. Please think about joining us, praying for those who will attend, or taking a poster from the back of church to promote it.