Melody Magpies
A return visit by this popular group for a lunchtime concert in the church on Saturday 2nd December at 1300. 3 singers and a pianist. Beautiful songs, arias and ensembles by Purcell, Gluck, Mozart, Schubert, Lehar and others. Tickets at the door £5 in support of Church Funds. Refreshments will be available before the concert.

Advent Carol Service at Our Lady of Lourdes Church
Sunday 3rd December at 1700, with Advent readings and carols. Guest speaker Fr Anthony! Followed by mulled wine and mince pies in the church hall. N.B no Healing Service at St Margaret’s.

Parish Christmas Lunch…
… at Ye Olde Black Horse on the High Street on Tuesday 5th December at 1230. Three courses for £25 per person, plus drinks. Please sign up on the list at the back of church and let Heather Butler have payment in cash in advance.

Fundraising Open Morning
Christopher Stringer’s are holding an Open Morning on Saturday 9th December from 1000 to 1200 at their funeral home on the High Street. There will be mulled wine, coffee and mince pies. All welcome. There will be a raffle with all proceeds going to the Development Project Fund for St Margaret’s Church. There will also be an opportunity to write a remembrance tag to be placed on their Memorial Christmas tree. (Thank you, Christopher, for your support!)

Christmas Music & Readings by ‘Resonance’
Lunchtime concert sung by a newly formed choir directed by Greg Moore on Saturday 9th December at 1300. Works by Tallis, Byrd, Vaughan Williams and others, and carols. Tickets £5 on the door.

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

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

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.

NEXT SUNDAY’S READINGS
3RD DECEMBER 2023 – ADVENT SUNDAY
Isaiah 64:1-9; Mark 13:24-end
Related readings: Psalm 80:1-8; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9

READINGS FOR THURSDAY WEEK – 7TH DECEMBER
Isaiah 26:1-6; Psalm 118:18-27a; Matthew 7:21, 24-27