A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Just a few bits of church family news before we break for the Christmas holidays. First of all, another big thank you to many people who have contributed to a great Advent season. Most recently, last Sunday’s Carol Service seemed to go well with lots of people from the community attending, enjoying and joining in the excellent singing and staying for mince pies and mulled wine and a chat.

Please join us for any of our services on the 23rdDecember at St Mary’s (9am) or St John’s (10.30am). We will visit Atfield House Care Home in the afternoon of the 23rd(2.30pm) for a Christmas Service, then there’s the Nativity play on Christmas Eve (4.30pm), our Christmas Eve Midnight Mass at St Mary’s (from 11.30pm – arrive early for a mince pie and hot drink!) and Christmas morning All Age service at St John’s (from 10.30am). There will be no midweek communion service on the Boxing Day, but we will have services on Sunday December 30that the usual times.

The Shelter Project begins in January. We will be hosting 6 Wednesday evenings/Thursday mornings starting on 9/10th January until 13/14th February, as well as an additional Saturday night on 19/20thJanuary. Mike and Jenny who coordinate the project are looking for volunteers to help us again in the evening, overnight and mornings. Please contact Mike if you would like to find out more and to volunteer to be involved: mgjefferies@yahoo.com

The Maclure family are hosting Christmas lunch for those who may not have anywhere else to be on the 25th. We will have our Christmas lunch in the church hall from 1pm. Please be in touch with David (davidmaclure@gmail.com) if you would like to come along or know of someone who might appreciate an invite. A huge thanks to the several people in the congregation who have offered to donate, contribute or help in some way with the Christmas lunch.

Finally, Rachel Burnell, reports that the foodbank items were well received at St Paul’s Hounslow West. Thanks to those that responded to their appeal for extra items so that some families who face hardship could enjoy Christmas treats such as boxes of chocolate and crackers. Rachel visited on Wednesday and joined the party for the guests: “When I arrived it was in full swing, with a school choir singing carols, cakes and coffee being served and volunteers sporting elf hats. The church was packed and the atmosphere was uplifting with plenty of noise and laughter.”

David Maclure