A traditional Nine Lessons and Carols at Birdham with the church family and the church choir Sunday 18th December 4pm with mulled wine and mince pies.
The monthly soup lunch in the Church Room will be on 21st December rather than the 14th as previously advertised. For the amazing price of £2.50 you get soup, salad, cheese, bread, fruit, coffee and sometimes cake! Starting at 12.30 you are assured of good food, good company, and a warm room, as well as a warm welcome!
Saturday 24th December at Itchenor 4pm A Candlelight Children’s Carol service- our usual spontaneous Nativity will take place. Readers and participants can arrive at 3.15 for a brief ‘run-through’. Everyone is welcome to this highlight of the year at St. Nicholas Church.
On Sunday December 11th we had one big Christingle service for our three parishes. The theme of the service was Jesus, Light of the World. Fifty children and 65 adults packed into West Wittering Church at 3.30pm and all the younger members of our Church Family received a Christingle as they came in. Fr. Jonathan led the service assisted by Revd. Sarah.
The Christingles looked very scrummy indeed and Fr Jonathan, sensing that the sweets were an irresistible temptation to small fingers and mouths, gave an edict that ONE sweet only could be eaten at the start of the service! We sang two Christingle songs and all the Christingle candles were lit and the church lights put out. In the wonderful mellow light of those candles we sang Away in a Manger. Our candles reminded us that Jesus is the Light of the World and that we are called to shine as lights in an often dark world. We ended by almost lifting the roof off West Wittering Church with the song Shine, Jesus, shine!
During the service we remembered the many children for whom life is very difficult and we offered our gifts to support the work of The Children’s Society. We hope our gifts will help light up the lives of children who are feeling sad, alone and unloved. Many thanks to Mandy and her helpers for preparing the Christingles and to everyone who gave so generously.
‘Say it seven times – seven different ways’
That’s apparently what you do to get people to register what it is you’re saying…. or more particularly selling!
Last Sunday one congregation clearly proved the point…. a Christmas card detailing all the key events of the season hand delivered (back in November!) to each house in all three villages of the Benefice and a Newsletter sent out electronically and dropping effortlessly into your inbox and requiring the press of a button to open plus a website didn’t register…
We’ve all had a chuckle at the card or mug with ‘Look busy – Jesus is Coming’. This is a busy time and some in the church family have the responsibility for marking the significance of the season with all the trimmings of services, concerts, charitable collections etc etc. Understandable you can be left asking ‘What do you have to do to get it to register?’.
So…. another Christmas is nearly upon us. Thank God it comes around every year – clearly we need to hear the story more than seven times in seven different ways!
PS If you feel a bit of a foolish virgin (Matt. 25) steal yourself to sit down while you still have time, trim your lamp and plan how you’ll be helped to more fully hear and respond to the One for whom we are being so busy.
Collect for Second Sunday of Advent
O Lord Jesus Christ, who at your first coming sent your messenger to prepare your way before you: grant that the ministers and stewards of your mysteries may likewise so prepare and make ready your way by turning the hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, that at your second coming to judge the world we may be found an acceptable people in your sight; for you are alive and reign with the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen
At the main service at Birdham (9.30am) Susan Monks’ sermon will be “It’s ok to ask questions”. At West Wittering (10.00) Annette Stickley’s sermon will be “Life with Jesus a Joyous Dance”. Michael Chater will be preaching at Itchenor (11.00).
The Benefice Christingle Service is at 3.30 at West Wittering Church
There will be 8.00 BCP Holy Communion at West Wittering.
There will be Evensong at West Wittering at 6.00
We continue to pray for:
David Beveridge, Peter Johnston, Michael Thresher, Myfanwy Reid and Sylvia Stear
And those who have recently died and their loved ones.
Hilary Lambert, Vera Cottom, Shirley Howard and Dorothy Jones
The Ministry Team are only too happy to talk through aspects of their Sermon. If you know of anyone who needs our prayers or would appreciate a visit, please let the Rector or the Parish Administrator know.
Readings for 11th December
Third Sunday of Advent
Isaiah 35. 1-10; James 5. 7-10; Matthew 11. 2-11
Corinthians 4. 1-5; Matthew 11. 2-10
Isaiah 5. 8-end; Acts 13. 13-41
Readings for 18th December
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Isaiah 7. 10-16; Romans 1. 1-7; Matthew 1. 18-end
Philippians 4. 4-7; John 1. 19-28
1 Samuel 1. 1-20; Revelations 22. 6-end
Come and join us at West Wittering Church to celebrate our special Christingle Service on 11th December at 3.30pm. It is an amazing service and a wonderful way to raise money for the Childrens Society.
Please come and offer your support at this service.
If you would like to help with making the oranges then please contact Mandy on 670528
Every year at Carols on the Green (21st Dec), we warm voices with mulled wine, and bodies with mince pies. Following the loss of the amazingly generous, as well as incredibly skilled, local institution that was Linda’s Pantry, we are now looking for mince pie makers. We need approximately 150 (not from one source!!!), but if you can bake, or like me can shop (!), please sign up on the list in the porch of West Wittering church, or email me, to let me know how many of these carol singing necessities you can offer – and don’t forget to put the date in your diary and come and join in the revelries!
Supplies of mince pies can be left in the parish office from Monday 19th December (mornings only).