God our Father, the angel Gabriel told the Virgin Mary
that she was to be the mother of your Son.
Though Mary was afraid, she responded to your call with joy.
Help us, whom you call to serve you,
to share like her in your great work
of bringing to our world your love and healing.
We ask this through Jesus Christ,
the light who is coming into the world.
Lord Jesus, Light of the world,
blessed is Gabriel who brought good news;
blessed is Mary your mother.
Bless your Church preparing for Christmas;
and bless us your children who long for your coming. Amen
As many of you are aware, I was diagnosed with non-hodgkins lymphoma cancer in June 2015 and underwent four months of chemotherapy that year. This was then followed by a bi-monthly injection of rituximab, with my last treatment being a couple of months ago. I recently met with my consultant for further tests and was informed the good news that they “could no longer find any sign of lymphoma”. As my type of cancer is supposed to be ‘incurable’, this is really amazing news! Jo and I just wanted to thank you all again for your continued prayers over these last couple of years – yet again proof that prayer does work.
Lighthouse and Solid Rock youth groups are on this Wednesday at The Annexe, North Mundham Village hall.
Lighthouse 5.45 – 7pm for school years 3 – 5
Solid Rock 7 – 8.15pm for school years 6 – 8
All are welcome, £1 subs.
Contact Alistair for more info 07780 875837 or email@example.com
Dates for the 2018 diary.
REDLANDS camp for yrs 5 & 6 is 22nd – 24th June
REDLANDS camp for yrs 7 – 13 is 29th June – 1st July
Full details and booking forms will be available in early January
It’s been a great experience working through the Paraclesis Course these last few months. The underlying conviction of Paraclesis is ‘Coming alongside others’ and ‘Journeying together’.
With that in mind, we are giving out Journey Cards with our pew sheets over the next couple of weeks. What you do with these cards is entirely up to you – they may be something you find helpful, they might not be. However, if having worked through the Paraclesis material you feel that you have something that you would be willing to share with others – an experience, a big life event, an understanding of something – then please do fill in a card and put it in the box at the back of church. This is your gift of journey that you have to share with others. Likewise, there might be something that you are going through now that you would like others to walk with you through. There is space to note that on the other side of the card.
Finally, please be assured that all information given will be treated confidentially and will only be handled by the Church pastoral staff: James, Stephen and Katrina. James
On Wednesday 6th December, Lesley Smart will be with us again with her lovely special jewellery & gifts for sale. All proceeds will go to the church.
ST STEPHEN’S CHURCH NORTH MUNDHAM
ON MONDAY 18TH DECEMBER AT 2.00 PM
FESTIVE REFRESHMENTS PROVIDED
Following the success last year with the Post Box. We felt it should be available again this year.
As you can see the St Stephen`s special delivery post box is out and ready for you to place your cards in.
It will remain at the back of the church until Wednesday 13th December, when Cornerstone will empty and sort for collection on the 20th
Wonderful collection of Christmas music recorded last year featuring the talented singers and musicians from our churches.
Should you like a copy (just a few left) or would like another one, please contact Robert or John.
There are two versions, one with just the Carols or one with added bonus tracks played on the Wurlitzer organ by John.
Thank you so very much for the lovely 50th birthday celebrations that both churches gave me last Sunday. I was so touched by all your kindnesses and good wishes. You gave me such generous gifts and lovely cards and I am extremely grateful and humbled. The Stones and Pebbles birthday banner is hanging on my study door and it makes me smile every time I look at it. Bless you all and thank you again.
We had a lovely Confirmation Service at St.Paul’s on Thursday evening. Bishop Alan Chesters took the service beautifully and it was a joyful and meaningful occasion. Please do keep our candidates: Lily-Rose Bonney, Matthias Budd, Jake Lott, William Leppard, Clara Prince and James Rainsford, in your prayers as they take this next step of faith.