Advertising for a new vicar – Have your say!
There will be a Vision Morning at the Baptist Church, Holyrood St,, this coming Sat 9th December from 9:45 am to 12:30 pm where you can give your views on the attributes you would like to see in the new vicar and also on the direction that St Mary’s and the benefice of churches might go in,, and how that benefice works. It’s your opportunity to have your comments listened to in order to create the role description for the new vicar, so please come along.
There will also be some discussion on a Bible passage you hold dear to you and how you have noticed God working in the community. If you cannot manage to come, then please feel free to give your views to Ken, Terry, Ian, Georgina, Dot or Katherine and please do this as soon as you can as the process is moving quickly. Please also pray about this. Thanks
St Marys Singers
The singers will meet at 6:30 pm on the following Tuesdays 5th and 1th of December, 9th and 23rd January. Anyone who would like to join our group would be very welcome.
Please sign up if you would like to host the family. The list is at the back of the church.
Meets at 2:20 pm on Tuesday 5th December, Rev, Judith Abbott, our chaplain, will lead us with readings, prayers and music for Advent through Christmas, followed by a special tea. If you haven’t already given a gift for the women’s refuge there is still time to bring one to the meeting. There are a few single Christmas cards for sale if you need some more. Programmes for next year are now ready.
Flowers for Christmas
Do you have any greenery that could be used to decorate the pillars and windowsills in the Church? If you have any please bring it along on 8th December.
Light up a life Service Sunday 10th December at 3 pm.
A time to remember and give thanks for loved ones who have died. There will be a collection for the work of St Margaret’s Hospice. If you know anyone who may like to come to this service please give them an invitation or just ask them to come along with you.
We would be very grateful if you could donate a cake to be served after this service on 10th December. If you can please let Dot or Michele know.
Rotary “Carols by Candlelight” Wednesday 13th December.
Chard Rotary Club is holding its annual ‘Carols by Candlelight’ service, in St Mary’s Church at 7:30 pm. Join us in a selection of traditional carols and listen to the children of Manor Court Primary School who will entertain us with their own choice of Christmas music. Admission is free but there will be a collection in aid of Rotary Charities, including the Musgrove Park MRI Scanner Appeal. The evening will finish with mince pies and drinks at the back of the church.
Can you help with verging and generally being around to help on the following dates and times:
Thursday 21st for the Carol SErvice at 7:00 PM
Sunday 24th December at 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm for the Christingle Services and for the Midnight Service.
Please let Dot or Ken know if you can help, many thanks.
Christmas Wrap a Gift
Would you like to buy a Christmas gift for a child to be distributed by the Health Visitors? Please wrap the gift in Christmas paper and attach a label with boy or girl and the age and it is suitable for. Many thanks.
The woman’s community forum, which teaches English to Chard residents who have English as their second language, are arranging a play which is based on Song of Songs. This is being put on in the @St Mary’s centre on Sunday 26th November from 7:15pm until about 8:15pm. There will be voluntary donations and all proceeds are going to the Yemen famine appeal.
St Marys Singers
the Singers will next meet at 6:30 pm on the following Tuesdays 21st November and the 5th and 19th December.
Anyone who would like to join our group would be very welcome
Please sign up for the Posada (at the back of the church) if you would like to host the family
Advent Carol Service
Sunday 3rd December 3pm at the Parish of the Good Shepherd, Furnham
Somerset County Orchestra Concert on Sunday 3rd December at 3 pm in St Mary’s Church. Tickets £12 available from the church office.
Light up a Life Service Sunday 10th December at 3 pm
A time to remember and give thanks for loved ones who have died. There will be a collection for the work of St Margaret’s Hospice. If you know of anyone who may like to come to this service please give them an invitation or just ask them to come along with you.
Saturday Coffee@St Mary’s
I would like to thank all those that made soup and helped at the Coffee Morning on 4th November. Also the many that supported and helped us raise £171. Very well done everyone, our next Coffee Morning will be on the 2nd December. We will have a Christmas cake raffle and seasonal tables of new gifts. Look forward to seeing you for a coffee (or tea), cake and a chat.
Lent Lunches 2018 in aid of Christian Aid
If you would like to help on one of two Mondays from 19th February to 19th March to make and/or help to serve soup please speak to Patricia .
Safeguarding C0 Basic Awareness Course Tuesday 21st November at 7:30 pm followed by a spaghetti bolognaise Supper. Sign up at the back of the church.
From Robin on behalf of the Gideons International
Thanks to all those members of the congregation who donate to the organization through their Mite Phials. In the quarter ended 31st October, the sum of £32.82 was raised which will buy 33 Gideons Bibles for our young people. Bless you all and thank you. n