From The Vicarage September 2017
By the time you read this article a New Year will have started. I am, of course, referring to the Church Year, which begins on Advent Sunday - this year 3rd. December. Fortunately, my Church Diary covers thirteen months, which means I don’t have to use my new one for the last month of 2017 and can include all 2017 events in my old diary.

This does, however, remind us all that the season of Advent is about new beginnings. The new era was initiated 2,000 years ago by the birth of Jesus. Old Testament Prophets pointed to this new era, when Jesus, the Jewish Messiah, the ‘Prince of Peace’ was born. Jesus himself said to his disciples (when he was about to return to his Father in heaven) ‘I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn’t like the peace the world gives.’ He ends this Bible passage ‘so don’t be troubled or afraid’ (John 14).

Perhaps this is the message we should embrace as Christmas approaches and we celebrate Jesus’ birth. Sometimes we may be overwhelmed by the evil things we see around us in the world. Jesus himself warns us about such events, but he also encourages us to stand firm in our faith and not to be troubled. And we shouldn’t forget, Advent doesn’t simply point towards Jesus’ first coming as a tiny baby, it also reminds us of his second coming, when another new era will be heralded in.

I leave you with the words of one of the most loved and well known Christmas carols (but which one?)

‘Saints before the altar bending,

Watching long in hope and fear,

Suddenly the Lord, descending,

In his temple shall appear’  

Have a peaceful Christmas,

Tim and Norma



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1st Reading


Isaiah 64: 1-9


(2 Peter 3: 8-15a)


Isaiah 61: 1-4, 8- end


Romans 16: 25-end


Christmas


Luke 1: 26-38

Gospel


Mark 13: 24-end


(Mark 1: 1-8)


John 1: 6-8,19-28


Luke 1: 26-38




Luke 2: 15-21

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John Russell


Christingle


Rita Russell


Anne Brown


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At St Johns’s

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Tony Dewdney


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Carol Service


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Roy Waller



Lynda Carter



Roger Hulme



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Anne Potts


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Peter Bullivent

Carolyn Bullivent


Frank Glynn

Christine Glynn


John Russell

Rita Russel


Tony Curzon

Carole Curzon


10.00 am Joint Service at ST John’s

Frank Glynn

Christine Glynn

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Colin Marlow





Howard Hulme



Crib Service 6.00 pm

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Marjorie Cobham 93 2nd. November

Rae Hewitt 77 3rd. November

Joyce Critchlow 86 12th. November – Interment of Ashes

Nancy Slater  19th. November – Interment of Ashes

Sharon Stokes 46 19th. November – Interment of Ashes

Kenneth Goodwin  24th. November

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MOTHERS’ UNION

Well another year comes to an end and what a busy one 2017 has been for Henbury MU especially with our 70th birthday celebrations in the Summer, which seems a long time ago now.  

The season of Advent starts us off this month with a time of reflection as we look at all that has passed and wait in anticipation for the birth of Christ.  We will be celebrating this on Sunday, 3rd December at our 11 a.m Advent Service and incorporating some special prayers to acknowledge the 16 days of activism against gender violence, which falls within this time span.  There are resources for Advent under “Journeying through Advent” on the website mothersunion.org as well as a lot of other interesting information.

Several of us attended Diocesan Council at the Church Centre, Hartford in November which was followed by a faith lunch. Our side of the Diocese supplied the savouries and I am pleased to say that we had catered for sufficient numbers. I think those who had never attended one of these meetings before found it very interesting and enjoyable and perhaps more members could be persuaded to come along to future Council meetings.  They are only held twice a year.

We have our annual Christmas party to look forward to this month so can members please note that this starts at the earlier time of 7 p.m.

With Peace and Reconciliation being the theme of the General Meeting this last September perhaps we can all keep this in mind over the Christmas period and think of members in other countries who are not as fortunate as us or being torn apart by war.

Wishing everyone a very happy Christmas.

DECEMBER DIARY DATES

Sunday, 3rd December – Advent Sunday Service 11 a.m.

Thursday, 14th December 7.00 – Christmas Party

Saturday, 9th December 11 a.m. - Christmas Fair – Cake and Home Produce Stall.  Donations of goods required and also volunteers to help on the stall.


Henbury W.I


The November meeting was our Annual General Meeting when we elect our committee and officers.

This year we were unable to have the Church Hall because of the refurbishment so Jill Belt very kindly opened up her home to us.

We had a speaker from Space4Autism – a very inspiring lady who had an autistic son and who decided that the families of such children needed support.  This was started in a small way but had now increased to such an extent that they had recently moved into larger premises in Macclesfield.  We donated £200 to their cause – this being part of the profit from our Summer Lunch.  We always support a local charity from our proceeds.

This was followed by refreshments (tea and cake instead of the planned Fish and Chips since we were in Jill’s house !) and then the business of the evening.

Barbara Lomas was elected as our new president for 2018 and thanks were expressed to Jill Belt for her work during her term of office.

Our next meeting is on December 5th in the Church Hall at 7.30 p.m. and the speaker’s topic is ‘Gift Wrapping with a difference’.  Come and join us to get some new ideas for wrapping all those Christmas presents.

For more information contact Ann Cresswell (420614) or Trudi Ray (01260 252118)