CROSCOMBE ST MARY – BRASS CLEANING

Each year we dismantle the chandeliers and gather up the brass items to give them a good polish in time for Christmas. If you could spare an hour or so to help we are meeting in the church at 9.30am on Wednesday 9th December when cleaning cloths and Brasso will be provided!

Jenny Mitchell

CHRISTMAS MESSY CHURCH

Come and join us on Saturday December 19th at 3.30pm in North Wootton Village Hall. All ages are welcome; children bring Mummy or Daddy, Grandma or your friends. A nominal charge of £1 per child towards the cost of tea.

This time it’s pasta……….

YOS

A huge thanks to Eve Harris for her time and resources to help us create some fantastic new props for our Christmas services.

We hope you can come and join us to see our work! The December meeting will be on Sunday 6th when we will be looking at the Christmas services as well as having some Christmas fun!! YOS is open to children of all parishes in year 6 upwards on the 1st Sunday of each month 6.00pm – 7.30pm.

For further information please contact Sandra Kirkham 342221 or Becky Gilbert 676739.

RE-IMAGINING CHURCH COURSE

This course is helping us to re-imagine what our Church should look like to address the needs of the 21st Century.

The dates of the course will be:

Thursday 3rd December 7pm

Thursday 10th December 7pm

Thursday 7th January 2016 7pm

Saturday 16th January am

Contact me for further information, Revd Chris Butler

Dear Brothers and Sisters

Jane and I have recently become grandparents for the first time and there is something very precious and wonderful about new life. This year there is a new baby in our family. And as Christmas approaches, we all find ourselves thinking about the image of baby Jesus lying in the manger. Our mind’s eye paints a picture of an infant asleep in a stable. We might imagine his crying or laughter as he reacts to those around him; a tiny little figure in a fragile world. From the moment of his birth, Jesus is responding to those around him, longing to hear their voice. In Jesus, God comes to us as an infant: approachable, pure, and eager for us to come close to him. As a child Jesus reaches out, arms outstretched eager for a response. Thirty-three years later those same arms would reach out on the cross, outstretched and open to the world in love and forgiveness.

As we enjoy Christmas with our friends and family let’s be reminded of this image. Let’s pray for God’s blessing and peace for all those in troubled parts of the world and pray they hear God’s call and respond with love. Let us also pray for God’s peace and blessing to fill our own lives and the lives of those around us. Amidst all the noise and distraction of Christmas let’s find a moment to be still and listen again to the call of Jesus. The Christmas message is as loud and clear today as any baby’s cry: Jesus, the Saviour of the World, is here and he’s yearning to hear our voice. May we respond by saying: ‘O Come to us, abide with us, Our Lord Emmanuel.’ With warm best wishes,

+Peter Bath and Wells