Please encourage friends and neighbours, especially those unable to get to church, to tune in at 9am on Sundays, for the previous week’s service at St Mary's Mildenhall. There is also a Christian programme of contemporary songs between 6am & 8am.
Tinies; Mondays in term time. Are you able to join a team to help please. Setting up from 9.30am until we finish at 11.30am
Tree Festival. Timetable:
Fri.Dec.5th from 9am – decorating trees by the community.
Sat.Dec.6th from 9am- decorating trees by the community.
Sun.Dec.7th 3.30pm Lighting up service. (help to serve refreshments would be welcome please).
January 4th last day of Tree Festival, January 5th & 6th undecorating trees from 9am. January 7th & 8th tidying and cleaning the church.
Daily from Dec.8th to Jan.4th the trees will be lit for viewing 2-4pm.
(The church will be open daily as usual from 9am, but the mornings are reserved for bookings by schools and childrens groups. For these visits, for safety and safeguarding reasons, we need to keep these times just for the children and their supervisors.)
Community carols Friday Dec.12th 2.00pm – an informal carol praise service- come along and sing your favourite carols- hopefully joined by some of the school children. An ideal time for those who do not come out in the evening.
The service will be 30-40mins long, followed by a cup of tea.
Thanksgiving and Memorial service, December 14th 11am: with the lighting of candles and remembering of loved ones. Invitations are sent to people bereaved this year with whom we have had contact through the church, but everyone is welcome. There is an opportunity to light a candle to remember, no matter how long ago someone may have died. If you know someone who may appreciate an encouragement to come to this service please use one of the extra invitations to let them know of his opportunity. And let’s be there to welcome and worship alongside visitors.
All-age service of Holy Communion Sunday Dec.21st 11am A special service which will be planned and led with the help of some of the young people.
Carols by candlelight, -a traditional service with choir and Bible readings, Sunday December 21st 6.30pm.
Opening of the Crib, Christmas Eve 3.30pm. A service for all-ages. Children are welcome to come dressed as nativity characters, and or bring a torch. We hope a special visitor may have time to call in at the end of the service.
Midnight Holy Communion 11.30pm A traditional service with the choir.
And do not please neglect the service of Holy Communion on Christmas Day at 10.30am to put Jesus at the heart of our Christmas. It’s a simple 45 minute service, relatively informal, which with a little bit of planning, hopefully, you can fit into your cooking and other plans for the day. Let us honour our King.
You can help tearfund just be shopping on line this Christmas- at no extra cost to you! Thousands of stores will donate a percentage of every pound you spend online when you shop with Give as you live. If your shopping raises £5 before December 31st donations will be doubled. It’s easy just follow the links every time you go to shop on line - Amazon, John Lewis, ebay, M&s, Argos & itunes.
for thought When
you can’t sleep at night, have you ever thought maybe it’s God
saying “We need to talk and you now have time”
After many years of selling fairly traded goods through St. Mary's Church (and anywhere else that would let me in!) I have finally decided to retire! My commitment to fair trade remains strong & I do urge you to continue buying fairly traded products – they are available in all supermarkets, with a particularly wide range at the Co-op. It is one of the most effective ways in which we can support some of the poorest communities in the world – at the same time as enjoying high quality products.
If anyone would like to take on responsibility for selling & raising awareness of Fair Trade goods, I would be delighted to help you get started. I shall continue selling the goods I currently have in stock, but will not be replenishing them. So if you have any favourites, stock up before they are all sold out! I do thank all of you who have supported the Fair Trade stall, particularly Ann & Pam who have actually done most of the work while I chatted to people!
Christmas card Board.
This will be available from the first week of December. Donations may be given to the chosen charity. This is a way of giving and sending greetings to friends at church. Instead of spending on lots of cards, we can help others in need. Let’s support each other in doing this, without feeling any pressure to exchange lots of cards.Other dates “Turkey Foot Evening”. Wednesday Dec.17th 6.45 for a 7pm start. Please bring along with you any snacks or drinks to share at half-time. This is to play Chicken Foot- as a Christmas social. If you have never played before – it is an easy to pick up game with special sets of dominoes with up to 24 dots and different colours.
Please sign up so that we can get the right number of tables ready. It may be in the Cottage rooms, or church.
Calling carol singers please for the Merry Mildenhall Christmas evening, Thursday Dec.4th. Starting at the Cottage rooms 5.30pm, to accompany the lantern parade to the market area. The idea is to sing as we walk and prepare the setting for the “Pause for thought prayer” and lighting of the town Christmas tree.
Next we are to lead carol singing 6.00-6.15pm by the market cross.
Carol sheets will be provided- please bring a torch. A voucher will be given to you for a cup of coffee.
This is an opportunity for churches to be part of this community evening and to sing out the good news of the birth of Jesus.
Please come and boost the singing and be a part of the Churches Together contribution to this evening. During this evening , St.Mary’s church has an opportunity to look after a game for children “Snowballs in Santa’s sack” – this is so the church can offer the children a small game of fun. If you can help, please let Sue know.
We now have a new copier, this will be used for church communications.
Also if you have any personal coping please come and see Jane on Fridays.
A4 single side black and white copies will be 5p and colour 25p. If you provide photo paper we can also copy your photographs