Church Cleaning for Christmas
Please come along and form a working party on Friday 15th December from 1000-1200 to give the church building a good clean ready for our celebration of Christmas. Refreshments will be served!

Shepherds Arise!
Another return visit on Saturday 16th December at 1430. Old Sussex Carols from Sussex Church Manuscript Books and Oral Tradition with voices, flute, fiddle, bassoon, serpent, clarinet and concertina. Dance Tunes and Readings from Sussex sources. Sussex Mummers Play. Free admission with collection for Church Funds.

Church Flowers 2023 – Christmas
Our flower arrangements, for sometime now, have been floral foam-free, and use traditional methods of chicken wire/pin-holders, with the flowers being in water. This creates a more free flowing arrangement with a less formal shape.

Our next workshop is on Saturday 23rd December (the day before Christmas Eve) 1000 to 1200, to prepare flowers for Christmas. The aim of the workshop is to assist those who would like to arrange flowers and who may want some tuition, guidance or support. If you would like to bring some foliage along with your scissors, and have a go, you will be most welcome. We will be using white flowers (supplied) and gold accessories to incorporate into your design. Please email Duncan with any queries and confirm attendance, email: info@boxworthflowers.com

If you would like to sponsor the Christmas flowers in memory of a late loved one please enclose your donation in an envelope marked ‘for the Christmas flowers’ with your name and the name of the person/s you wish to be remembered and hand in at the church office or to the Churchwardens by Sunday 17 December 2023. Thank you for your continued support. Duncan Ward

Bible Study
The group meets in church on Tuesday mornings at 1000 for an hour or so of discussion, reflection and fellowship, currently working through the Gospel of John. Do feel free to dip in and out.

Knit & Natter – cancelled this week
The group meets on Wednesdays at 1900 in church. New members always welcome. Some of us knit, and we all natter. Just come along!

NEXT SUNDAY’S READINGS
17TH DECEMBER 2023 – ADVENT 3
Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-end; John 1:6-8, 19-28
Related readings: Psalm 126; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

READINGS FOR THURSDAY WEEK – 21ST DECEMBER
Zephaniah 3:14-18; Psalm 33:1-4, 11-12, 20-end; Luke 1:39-45

CHRISTMAS SERVICES

Sunday 17th December
Festival of 9 Lessons and Carols at 1500

Monday 18th December
‘In the Bleak Midwinter’ at 1900
Low-key carol service especially for the bereaved

Sunday 24th December
Parish Eucharist of Advent 4 at 1000
Family Crib Service at 1700
Midnight Mass at 2300

Christmas Day – Monday 25th December
Parish Eucharist at 1000