Services for the remainder of Advent and Christmas

As we get closer to Christmas here is a reminder of the services planned this year. Of particular note are our Carol Service this coming Sunday starting at 3.30pm at St Anne’s, Strathpeffer. The choir have been rehearsing and it should be well worth attending.

We also have our Christingle service at 5pm on Christmas Eve and our usual Christmas morning service at St Annes at 10am.

Please come if you can. All are welcome!

SUNDAY 17TH DECEMBER (ADVENT 3)

1030 Said Eucharist at St Anne’s
Clergy Barbara Chandler

3.30pm Carol Service at St Anne’s
Clergy Valerie Saunders

Wednesday 20th December – 1015: Morning Prayer and Eucharist at St James’

SUNDAY 24TH DECEMBER
(ADVENT 4 – CHRISTMAS EVE)

1030 Morning Worship at St James’
Clergy Barbara Chandler

5pm Christingle Service at St James’
Clergy – Barbara Chandler

[NB – No “midnight” Communion]

MONDAY 25TH DECEMBER – CHRISTMAS DAY
1000 Family Christmas Eucharist at St Anne’s
Clergy Valerie Saunders and Barbara Chandler

SUNDAY 31ST DECEMBER (CHRISTMAS 1)

1030 Said Eucharist at St Anne’s
Clergy Valerie Saunders

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Update on the reverse Advent Calendar

Suggestion for a reverse Advent Calendar – with thanks to Valerie

Here are the things needed by the local food bank:-

Toothpaste, toilet rolls,

Biscuits, cream crackers, oat cakes.

Rice, pasta, pasta sauce

Cereal, oats,  jam, sugar

Tinned goods such as corned beef, ham, tinned fruit

Long life juice, UHT milk

Chocolate bars, crisps & snacks

Tea and instant coffee

The food bank would also appreciate bags to put the food in for distribution.

Please bring your offerings to St James or At Annes and we will arrange to get them to the food bank.

 

Advance notice of the Q1 2018 Soup lunch dates

I know it’s a long way off (& I’ll post reminders nearer the time) but good to get dates in the diary for the monthly soup lunch dates at St James Church Hall. There will be a selection of lovely home made soups with bread, followed by cheese and biscuits &/or cake (having both is allowed!). So get the dates in the diary and come and sample our fantastic home made soups!

Saturday January 27th

Saturday February 24th

Saturday March 24th

Reverse Advent Calendar

This Advent, why not help others by preparing a ‘reverse advent calendar’?

We are all aware of the advent calendar, opening daily doors to reveal firstly a message of anticipation or a quote from scripture. More recently to reveal a chocolate or other goodie or a drink or beauty treatment has also become popular. Why not reverse it and give to those in need while contemplating the coming of Jesus Christ?

Sadly food banks are increasingly necessary in our community. so…

Find a box or bag and feed it daily with things needed by the local food bank. Think practically. Tinned food, tea, coffee biscuits, staples like pasta or rice. Cans with ring pulls – not everyone has a can opener. Food that can be eaten cold or can be heated by adding water. Basic toiletries, pet food (pets are so important as companions and need food too). Christmas treats like Christmas cake – everyone deserves a treat at Christmas! Things that will keep.

You can bring your offerings to church and we will get them to the local food bank. From next week we will have a list of things particularly needed locally but if you follow the suggestions above you can’t go far wrong.

We can enjoy the anticipation of Christmas (even our own Advent calendars) but we can also help others during Advent so put something in each day, consider saying a short prayer for the person who will receive it, bring your offerings to church on Sundays and enjoy the ‘Season of Goodwill’ in the knowledge that you are helping others.

Resources for Advent

Last week Rev Barbara suggested some resources for the Advent journey. They are listed below. Happy reading!

Companions for the Advent journey: suggested reading:-

#GodWithUs Christmas campaign published by Church of England

Candles in the dark by David Adam pub Kevin Mathew 2004 – reflections for
personal use or in groups

Advent for everyone  by Tom Wright pub SPCK 2017 – accessible commentary on
passages of scripture each day through Advent

Preparing for Christmas: daily meditations for Advent by Richard Rohr pub
Franciscan media 2008 – verse of scripture and reflection by a great 21st
century spiritual writer

Walking backwards to Christmas by Stephen Cottrell pub SPCK 2014 –
reflections on the Christmas story from imaginary musings of some of the key
characters

Finally, if you would like to receive a daily email and reflection I
strongly recommend ³the year in our church sacred advent² Loyolapress.com
and you can sign up. This is run by the Jesuits and links with their online
resource sacred space.com

Annual General Meeting

A reminder to church members that the AGM will take place on Saturday 9th December starting at 10am. There are 2 Vestry vacancies and we need to recruit a new Warden for St Anne’s church. If you are interested please consider putting your name forward. Nomination forms are available in both churches or contact the Vestry Secretary, Vestry Secretary Robin Lingard : 01349 861044 (robin@kinnairdie.co.uk)
for more information.

Services for December 2017

SUNDAY 3RD DECEMBER (ADVENT SUNDAY)

1030 Sung Eucharist at Anne’s
Clergy Laurence Gunner

Wednesday 6th December1015: Morning Prayer and Eucharist at St James’

SUNDAY 10TH DECEMBER (ADVENT 2)

1130 Sung Eucharist at St James’ NOTE CHANGE OF TIME
Clergy Barbara Chandler

Wednesday 13th December1015: Morning Prayer and Eucharist (St James’)

SUNDAY 17TH DECEMBER (ADVENT 3)

1030 Said Eucharist at St Anne’s
Clergy Barbara Chandler

3.30pm Carol Service at St Anne’s
Clergy Valerie Saunders

Wednesday 20th December1015: Morning Prayer and Eucharist at St James’

SUNDAY 24TH DECEMBER
(ADVENT 4 – CHRISTMAS EVE)

1030 Morning Worship at St James’
Clergy Barbara Chandler

5pm Christingle Service at St James’
Clergy – Barbara Chandler

[NB – No “midnight” Communion]

MONDAY 25TH DECEMBER – CHRISTMAS DAY

1000 Family Christmas Eucharist at St Anne’s
Clergy Valerie Saunders and Barbara Chandler

SUNDAY 31ST DECEMBER (CHRISTMAS 1)

1030 Said Eucharist at St Anne’s
Clergy Valerie Saunders

Services for November

Every Wednesday – 1015: Morning Prayer and Eucharist at St James’

Thursday 2nd November (All Souls)

6.30 pm – Eucharist at St James’

SUNDAY 5TH NOVEMBER (PENTECOST 22)

1030 Morning Worship at St Anne’s

5.15pm Contemplative Eucharist at St James’

SUNDAY 12TH NOVEMBER (REMEMBRANCE)

0930 Said Eucharist at St James’

1045 Remembrance Day Service at St Anne’s (with CoS)

SUNDAY 19TH NOVEMBER (PENTECOST 24)

1030 Sung Eucharist at St Anne’s

SUNDAY 26TH NOVEMBER
(NEXT BEFORE ADVENT – CHRIST THE KING)

1030 Matins and Eucharist at St James’