From the Notices: 22nd December 2019

 On Christmas morning the Bignold School car park will be open for those who are attending our morning service. It is not intended for use by members of the public .

 Many women around the world are living in the toughest circumstances due to poverty and prejudice. For those who are also mothers, it’s a constant fight to protect and feed their children. The Christian Aid Christmas Appeal envelopes this year are focusing on mothers in India who are strong, determined and resourceful. They could use their God-given talents to build new lives for themselves and their families. You can encourage that life-changing opportunity by giving generously to support them.

 St Martin’s Housing Trust: Many thanks to all of you who brought gifts for the Christmas dinner for the homeless. Every item requested was provided in abundance; the generosity of our people is amazing. In addition £70 was donated.

 Following our tradition, the Church Christian Aid Christmas Card is in the Church Centre for you to sign, sending greetings to your friends within our Church community. Please put what you would have spent on cards in one of the small brown envelopes and place it in the offertory. Don’t just leave it by the card, it may disappear – sadly they do sometimes. We are grateful to Rod Moore for the beautiful icon he has painted, which is our picture in the Church Centre this year.

 Elisabeth Traverse is collecting used stamps for the Royal National Institute for the Blind. Please leave a margin around them before you drop them in the box in the Church Centre, or give them to her.

 A date for your diary: On Thursday 9 January Cameo are holding a Church Family New Year Celebration Party, including a Bring and Share supper.

 We’re invited to join with other churches in praying this week for our Twinned City Churches in Rouen, Novi Sad, Koblenz and El Viejo.

Long ago prophets knew
Christ would come, born a Jew,
come to make all things new,
bear his people’s burden,
freely love and pardon:

Ring, bells, ring, ring, ring!
Sing, choirs, sing, sing, sing!
When he comes, when he comes,
who will make him welcome?

Journey ends! Where afar
Bethlem shines like a star,
stable door stands ajar.
Unborn Son of Mary,
Saviour, do not tarry!

Ring, bells, ring, ring, ring!
Sing, choirs, sing, sing, sing!
When he comes, when he comes,
we will make him welcome!
Fred Pratt Green: H & P 178

Please give items for the Notices to Paul Binney by Wednesday Telephone: 01603 811786; email: