December 2017
Services
3rd 10:30am Welcome Service - Welcome to Advent    
6:00pm Canticles - Mary Luke 1:46 (C)
10th 10:30am Old Words - Return Matthew 2:23  
6:00pm Canticles - Zechariah Luke 1:67  
17th 10:30am Canticles - Simeon Luke 2:28  
6:00pm Carols by Candle-Light II Corinthinas 5:20  
24th 10:30am The Birth of Hope Isaiah 11:1 (C)
25th 10.00am Happy Birthday Little Baby God - Christmas Morning    
31st 10.30am Nearly New    
       
(C) denotes communion will be held as part of the worship service

Weekday Meetings
Monday Craft Group 2:00pm 14th and 18th
Wednesday Luncheon Club 11:30am for 12:00 noon 13th - Christmas Dinner
Thursday Mums and Toddlers 9.15 to 11.30 Up to 14th inmclusive
  Ladies' Meeting 3.00pm

14th - Christmas Dinner

Bible Study 3.00pm None ths month
   

Christmas in Govilon
There are two events in the Village for the lead-up to Christmas
Friday 15th at 5pm we will be singing carols as we walk through the village - from the Green to the Pub. Why not come and join us for a pleasant event walk and sing?

Saturday 23rd we will meet in Church Road for Readings and Carols at 6pm, followed by mince oies and mulled wine in the Village Hall.

Please Pray for The Persecuted Church

Open Doors have once more published their World Watch List, naming the 50 countries where the persecution of the Christians is the fiercest. Again, the list is headed by North Korea, followed by Somalia and Afghanistan. Among the usual countries (such as Syria and Iraq) there are some unexpected ones, including Nigeria (12), and Kenya (18) - countries where the church has a strong presence, but where Islamic extremist have been active. We thank God for our freedom of worship and witness, and need to continue to pray for our sisters and brothers who do not have such freedom. For more information, search for the Open Doors World Watch List, where country profiles of all the countries on the list can be found.


Gardener's Corner    

Holly is the King of the Evergreens and at it's splendid best right now, ready for all your Christmas wreaths etc.
Beds and borders look a bit barren, but given the weather all sorts of plants may be rearing their delightful heads right now.
Winter vegetables are doing well and should be ready for a real Christmas Feast.
Clean and tidy up the greenhouse if you have a free moment during this busy time of year Enjoy the festive season and all God's gifts around us.


Minister's Musings
Another Christmas is fast approaching, and the seasonal activities are getting into full swing. Annual round robins are being written, and the (e)mailing list revised. Travel plans are being made, as families juggle time and distance to make sure they have covered everyone in the journey. Christmas trees are being purchased or dusted off, and presents packed to put around them. And the bank balance once more takes it annual hit.
And the churches are no less caught up in the frantic activity - as the Nativity costumes are dusted off, the crib scene recovered from the cupboard, and services of carols and reading planned to celebrate the birth of Christ. After all, it is the perfect time to remind the world of the hope we celebrate at the darkest time of the year, and many who do not usually worship with us come to tell the familiar story and sing the familiar words. Yet in the midst of all the activity, something of the meaning can get lost. As money is lavished on food and gifts, it is easy to forget the small family at the centre of it all, tired from travelling to satisfy the bureaucratic demands of the Empire. As the carols are sung with gusto, it is hard to understand the fear of the officials, and the lengths to which they went to hold onto power. As we focus on the children, and remember our childhood, it is uncomfortable to think of a family on the run. But as we look around the world, it is all still there to see.
At the darkest time of the year, we celebrate the One who came to be the Light of the World. And as the world so often seems dark around us, we rejoice that the Light has never been extinguished. And so we come with joy to celebrate Christmas once more. Not doing so as an escape from what we see around us, but as a declaration of hope that things can change, and that life can be good. For God still loves the world so much that he sends his Son to come to each one who will declare that he is Lord, and to remind us that no other lord can offer life so abundant.
So whatever you are planning as this year draws to its close, have a happy Christmas, and a peaceful and blessed New Year -
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

 

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