Weekly News Sheet

1st Sunday of Advent.                                    Year A                                           1st Dec 2019   

COLLECT;   Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness and to put on the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility; that on the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal ; through him who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the holy Spirit, one God now and for ever.

 

 1st Reading; Isaiah 2.1–5

The word that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.  In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains and shall be raised above the hills; all the nations shall stream to it.  Many peoples shall come and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.’ For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.  He shall judge between the nations and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.  O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the LORD!

 

2nd Reading; Romans 13.11–14

Brothers and sisters, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armour of light; let us live honourably as in the day, not in revelling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarrelling and jealousy.  Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

 

GOSPEL; Matthew 24; 36-44Hear the gospel of Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew. ALL SAY; Glory to you O Lord. Jesus spoke to his disciples: ‘About that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.  For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.  For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark,  and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so too will be the coming of the Son of Man.  Then two will be in the field; one will be taken, and one will be left.  Two women will be grinding meal together; one will be taken, and one will be left.  Keep awake, therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.  But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into.  Therefore, you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.’

  ALL SAY; Praise to you O Christ

POST COMMUNION; O Lord our God, make us watchful and keep us faithful as we await the coming of your Son our Lord; that, when he shall appear, he may not find us sleeping in sin but active in his service and joyful in his praise; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

PRAY FOR THOSE WHO ARE UNWELL: April A, Margaret P, James B, Valerie H, Lindsey P, Aileen B,  Ray J, Graeme A, Anita B, Beryl G, Paul M, Rosina H, Ella A, Graham C, Sheila R, Justin, Clare, Aaron W, Abbie N,

 Jo B, Irene T, Gordon & Marita W, Sheila M, Daphne D,  Annie and Alisdair W, Jeanette and Raymond R , Kim H, Joy N, Maggie Axten, Alexandra, Linda M, Lee B, Anthony H, Neil Thornton, Marian B, Ann M, Andrew P, Brian, Joan S , Jenny, baby Logan Lay, Julie and Richard, Sue K, Don and Margaret & Sarah.   

 

 

Why not join us at our prayer breakfasts.  They are at 8 a.m. on the 3rd Saturday of each month at different venues.  The next is on 21st December at St. Mary’s. We have a lovely breakfast together and then pray for current problems and any concerns we may have.    

 

 

 

OUR BENEFICE PRAYER.

Dear God, please help us to come together to pray, work, socialise and thus strengthen our fellowship.

To be open hearted and generous and to find more ways to reach out to our communities.

To be more relevant to young people and families in our communities. To have a heart for evangelism and sharing the gospel, which changes lives. We pray for the refurbishing of St Bart’s which would enable community events to happen, especially for the elderly and the disadvantaged. We pray for the hopeful reordering of St. Mary’s which would enable community events to be held in church.  Lord, we thank you that you are an amazing God who blesses us mightily. Amen.

 

Prayer for the new Bishop of Dover, Rose Hudson-Wilkin, who will be installed at Canterbury Cathedral on 30th Nov 2019. Lord of all, thank you for calling Rose to serve in our diocese. May we be a blessing to her as she seeks to bless us. Grant her peace, wisdom and joy for the path ahead and draw us onward together in our journey with you. Amen. Please note the event is now fully booked

 

WHAT'S ON FOR THE WEEK AHEAD

 Sunday 1st Dec 2019 to Sunday 8th Dec   2019  

ST MARY'S

ST BART'S

HOLY CROSS

Sunday 1st Dec 2019

8 a.m. Benefice Holy Communion (BCP).

9.30 a.m. All Age Service

Monday 2nd Dec 2019

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reculver School Prayer Day in St. Mary’s

Tuesday 3rd Dec 2019

3.20 to 5 p.m. Messy church in Reculver School

Wednesday 4th Dec 2019

1.00 p.m. Mums and Toddlers.

Thursday 5th Dec 2019

2.15 p.m. Tea and Chatter.

 Sunday 8th Dec 2019

9.30 a.m. Holy Communion

Sunday 1st Dec 2019

9.30 a.m. Holy Communion

6.30 p.m.  Evening Prayer.

Tuesday 3rd Dec 2019

10.30 a.m. Tuesday Tots.

12 noon. Benefice Holy Communion.

Thursday 28th Nov 2019

12 noon to 5 p.m. Over 70’s Free afternoon Tea in St. Bart’s church.

7 to 9 p.m.  Prayer Course in St. Bart’s Hall.

Sunday 8th Dec 2019

9.30 a.m. Morning worship and Church Parade.

6 p.m. Carols by Candlelight

Sunday 1st Dec 2019

11.00 a.m. Morning Worship followed by a PCC meeting.

Friday 6th Dec 2019

9.15 a.m. to 10 a.m.  Benefice Morning Prayers.

 Saturday 7th Dec.  2019

11.30 to 1p.m. Messy Church in Holy Cross.

 Sunday 8th Dec 2019

11.00 a.m. Holy Communion

 

 

DECEMBER

5th Dec - 10a.m.    Wreath Making Demonstration in St. Bart’s Hall.  As the last demonstration was so successful a second one is being held at £1 and there will be a raffle.

5th Dec 12 noon to 5 p.m.  Over 70’s Free Afternoon Tea in St. Bart’s Church.

14th Dec 2019 10 a.m. to 12 noon.  ST. MARY’S CHRISTMAS MARKET IN THE BELTINGE VILLAGE HALL.  Donations of toiletries, bottle tombola prizes and chocolate tombola prizes by the end of November please plus, gifts, preloved clothes, toys and puzzles, raffle prizes, cakes and savouries (on the day please) etc., will be gratefully received.   Please leave at back of St. Mary’s or ring 07801801879 to arrange collection. Thanks in advance.  

 

14th Dec 2019 10 a.m. to 12 noon HOLY CROSS CHRISTMAS FAIR IN CHURCH –Usual bring and buy, cakes, tea or coffee with Christmas stalls and Christmas raffle of Holy Cross Hampers. There are 4 hamper prizes – Teatime Treats, After Dinner Delights, Continental Christmas and Nuts & flowers. Tickets are £1 each or 6 for £5 available from Clare Hopper, Sandy Sinclair, or Linda Attenborough.  If anyone would like a stall, they are most welcome and depending on sales, a donation to Holy Cross would be appreciated. Please ring Janet on 860369, or Linda on 860315 to book or for more information. Thank you.

14th Dec 2019 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. – St. Mary’s Reculver Christmas Tree Festival in Partnership with Reculver School.  Refreshments available.

15th Dec 2019 –  Friends of St. Mary’s AGM. –there will be a short 10-minute AGM following the service today (say 10.45a.m.) to comply with charity Commission rules. It would be appreciated if those who can, would stay for this brief meeting so we have a quorum.  Thank you in advance.    

 

St Bartholomew's Church are supporting Catching Lives. Org-Canterbury Open Centre. Alison took a second carload to the Catching Lives Centre, and they were very pleased - THANKYOU.

The Winter Shelter was open from 1st October 2018 - 31st March 2019. The following are still required: Sleeping Bags, Tents, Non-perishable food, Toiletries: shaving foam, deodorant, combs & brushes. Cleaning products: toilet rolls, anti bac cleaner, clothes, sponges, washing up liquid. Please keep collecting and leave in the Memorial Chapel at St. Bart’s church.  Alison can collect if required.  Please contact her on 363173.

Alison took our third carload of donations to the Catching Lives Homeless Centre in Canterbury.

They were pleased, thank you, and it is all used and very much appreciated. Please continue to collect.

 

Message from St. Bart’s.  THE UK Aid Match funding, for the Leprosy Mission has now finished, but St. Bart’s are continuing to collect for them.  Used postage stamps are also being collected for the mission please continue to collect. Please continue to support this worthwhile cause.  

 

Reculver School Defibrillator

Great news.  The First defibrillator has been installed and ready for use,

and is located in the office/admin area.  More good news is that the school will be installing a second defib, located outside the building and linked to the local emergency services, for public use.  Setting this up and, getting and securing a cabinet and getting it connected to the emergency service is slightly more complex, but the school are working on this.  Thank you all for making this possible, both for the safety of a child in school and for the wider school and community too.

 

The Benefice Office is usually open Tuesday and Thursday morning from 9.30 a.m. to 12 noon.  01227 369941.  If it should be closed, please leave a message on the telephone and you will be contacted as soon as possible.  

The office email address is   mbhcbeneficeoffice@gmail.com

The web site for all three churches is as follows.  www.unitedbeneficereculver.co.uk There is lots of information on the site – why not take a look!

The telephone number to book St. Bart’s Hall is 07707 495259

 

CHILDREN’S SOCIETY.

CHRISTINGLE SERVICE AT THE CATHEDRAL.

SATURDAY  28TH DECEMBER 2019 3 P.M.

OPEN TO ALL – JUST TURN UP.

STUNNING EXHIBITION OF CRIBS FROM AROUND THE WORLD - ST. PETER AND ST. PAUL’S CHURCH,

6TH DECEMBER TO 11TH DECEMBER 2019 10 A.M. TO 4 P.M. (SUNDAY 11 A.M. TO 4 P.M.)

BORDEN NEAR SITTINGBOURNE.  ENTRANCE FREE, WITH DONATIONS WELCOMED FOR THE CHILDREN’S SOCIETY.

 

FOOD BANK

CHRISTMAS TIME IS A DIFFICULT FOR FAMILIES USING THE FOOD BANK SO PLEASE GIVE GENEROUSLY IN THE WEEKS LEADING UP TO CHRISTMAS.  ALL DONATIONS TO THE FOOD BANK, IN THE YELLOW BINS AT THE BACK OF CHURCH, WOULD BE GRATEFULLY RECEIVED.  THEY NEED TOILETRIES - ESPECIALLY TOILET ROLLS; CLEANING PRODUCTS AND EXTRA FOOD LIKE TINNED POTATOES ETC.  THANK YOU IN ADVANCE. WHY NOT PUT ONE OR TWO EXTRA ITEMS IN YOUR TROLLEY FOR SOMEONE ELSE.

 

ADVENT DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

 

Sat 30th Nov - St. Bart’s Advent Fair in church – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sun 8th Dec - Carols by Candlelight – St. Bart’s - 6 p.m.

Sat 14th Dec – St. Mary’s Christmas Market – Beltinge Memorial Hall – 10 a.m. to 12 noon

Sat 14th Dec – Holy Cross Christmas Fair – in church. 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

Sat 14th Dec – Christmas Tree Festival in St. Mary’s 2 p.m.  to 4 p.m.

Sun 15th Dec – Carols by Candlelight – Holy Cross – 6 p.m.

Mon 16th Dec – Hoath School Carol Service in Holy Cross – time to be confirmed

Mon 16th Dec – Reculver School Carol Service – 6.30 p.m. in St. Bart’s.

Wed 18th Dec – Carols Around the Tree – 6 30 p.m. St. Mary’s

Fri 20th Dec – SAACK Christmas Meal at the vicarage – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Sun 22nd Dec – Carols by Candlelight – St. Mary’s – 6 p.m.

Tues 24th Dec – Christingles – 4 p.m. St. Mary’s – 5 p.m. Holy Cross – 6.30 p.m. St. Bart’s

                           11.30 p.m. Christmas Holy Communion in all three churches.

Christmas Day – 8 a.m Holy Communion – St. Mary’s

                            10 a.m. Christmas Morning Communion in St. Bart’s.

Sun 29th Dec – 8 a.m. Holy Communion – St. Mary’s

                         9.30 a.m. United Benefice Covenant Service at St. Mary’s

 

 

LINK Parish Christmas Card

Please can you deliver your round as soon as possible as the first advertised "Event" is on 30th November so time is against us. If you have delivered a round previously & Tina Grout has your details, then a bundle will be put aside in the hope you will help us again please? If you do not have a regular round but would be willing to be put onto our list of volunteers, then please, please, please contact Tina who co-ordinates. You can ring her on 01227 742381  or email her at  tinalgrout@btinternet.com

CALLING ALL BRASS CLEANERS!

Please could you help to add a sparkle to St. Bart’s this Christmas? We will be polishing the brass on Saturday 7th December from 10 a.m. and would be very grateful for an extra pair of hands. If you can come, please bring a duster, hope to see you there.