Notices for December 9th

Congratulations to Benjamin Grønlie on receiving his RSCM Gold Award with Honours.

Gatehouse cards (blank, for your own message) will be on sale in church after the 10:30 am service, or from mcwilliamson1@btinternet.com – £1 each, or six for £5 Margaret Williamson

Sponsored Advent Fast in aid of St Giles’ General Fund: A deficit of over £9,000 is expected.  Please join or sponsor the Advent Fast, which is raising money to reduce the deficit.  Contact Rod Nixon for more information – treasurer@st-giles-church.org
Decorating the Church:  
St Giles’ will be decorated at 3:30 pm on Wednesday 12th December.  All volunteers will be most welcome.

New Chess Club: St Giles’ Chess Club will meet every Thursday in the Parish Rooms from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm, starting on 20th December.  Parishioners are all invited to the official opening on Thursday 13thDecember from 7:45 pm to 8:45 pm, when there will be wine and nibbles.         Rod Nixon

Carols Round the Christmas Tree – 4:30 pm on Saturday 15th December.

Sunday 16th December (Third Sunday of Advent): 8:00 am – Holy Communion (BCP); 10:30 am – Holy Communion; 6:30 pm – Evensong.

Congregational Photo: Tom Albinson will be leaving at the end of the year and he would like to have a photo of the congregation as a memento of his time here.  We are trying to arrange for this to be taken after the 10:30 am service on Sun 16th Dec.  It would be great if as many people as possible could be here, so that we can get a picture of most of the people associated with St Giles’.

The Gatehouse: The box is now in church, and as usual, we are collecting scarves, gloves, pants, socks and small bars of chocolate for guests of The Gatehouse (90% of whom are male).  Please bring your contributions (unwrapped).  The present-wrapping event is on 19th December from 12 noon to 3:00 pm and all are welcome to come along to this.  Margaret Williamson

St Giles’ Carol Service by Candlelight – Sunday 23rd December at 6:30 pm.

St Giles’ Choir: The choir will be singing in Southwark Cathedral on 12th January 2019Coventry Cathedral on 29th June; and Peterborough Cathedral on 6th July.  Contact Nicholas Prozzillo for further information.

Prayer Requests – Cycle of Prayer: Week 3

Sick:            Heather Poole, George Pulford, Becca Henderson, Roy Darke, John Ashton, Andrew McLean

RIP:             Margaret Croft (21/11/2018) (Funeral at St Giles’ on Tues 18th December at 2 pm)

Year’s Mind:                  9th – Peggy Smith (2011); 10th – Earland Clear (2003); Mary Bloch (2003);

                   13th – Harold Padfield (2014); 14th – Elisabeth Warman (2001);

                   15th – John Wood (2015)

Yours,

Andrew.