"We pause in the silence, in the presence of God" So begins our midweek service using the historic and memorable words of the Book of Common Prayer. Please join us in the quiet of St James the Less followed this week by:
Young at Heart Christmas Lunch 12.30pm Soltau Centre
If you are a regular at Young at Heart please let Margaret Burton know if you are not coming so she has an idea of numbers.
Thursday 13th December
Pebbles 10.30am in the Priory Room
Pebbles is a short service for pre-schoolers and parents/carers. We sing 'Pebbles action songs' say prayers, find Warwick Bear, have drinks and biscuits: then the children play; adults have a well-deserved chat!
' Come and meet each other’ (CAMEO) 3.00pm
Priory Room, Hurley
An opportunity for older people to meet together, we gather in the Priory Room, Hurley, for tea, cake, a quiz, and to enjoy one another's company.
Saturday 15th December
Parish Walk with Carols and Bring and Share Lunch11am
Meet at 11.00am for a walk around Hurley singing carols at various stops on the way. Afterwards there will be a Bring and Share Lunch for those who wish to stay. If you can't make the walk please still come to the lunch if you would like to. Walkers old and new will be very welcome.
Burchetts Green ‘Carols around the Tree’5.00pm
We gather around the tree opposite ‘The Crown’ to sing carols. Mulled wine, mince pies and other refreshments are served in the interval.
Once again, we seek to fill boxes with presents for those struggling this coming Christmas. This year we are supporting two local charities:
Yeldall Manor (A drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre): Yeldall are asking for gifts of stationary, pocket games, books, scarves, hats, gloves, socks, underwear, non-alcoholic drink, treats, chocs, sweets. All Yeldall's clients are men, so gifts suitable for men only please.
Maidenhead Foodbank say:
'We provide extra food at Christmas, including festive food such as hams, Christmas cake & puddings, mince pies etc. but it would be nice to give them some treats. We'll focus on families & children. Items like sweets & chocolates, stocking fillers, decorations etc. - anything which is a little luxury that they are unlikely to buy themselves. This would be a nice surprise!'
Sandra Brooks says:
Please wrap presents individually with a note saying what they are (and size etc.) so the charities can allocate them to clients. There will be boxes in each church to place the presents in and I will deliver to the charities.
The Christmas Angel Pantomime
St Mary's in Maidenhead is hosting Doug Horley's The Christmas Angel pantomime. 6pm Weds 19th December £5 per ticket. Puppets, professional actors and hopefully a bit of 'he's behind you'! Please book via the St Mary's website www.stmarysmaidenhead.org/panto Get it into your diary for your festive treat! More details on www.duggiedugdug.org/site/thechristmasangel.
An Advent Journey
Renaissance Voices Choir (including Pam Nicholls, Angela Pearce and Monica Roberts) with Turpins Consort hold their pre-Christmas concert.
6.30pm, Sat 8th December in All Saints Church
Tickets £15 including a light supper from Pam, Angela or Monica, or 01628 782658 or on the door.
A new role for Tina
It is with mixed feelings that I share the news that Tina Molyneux will be taking a full time role for the Diocese, developing new training and resources to support discipleship. Her office base is in Oxford and she will work across the churches in Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire. This will mean that her ministry within the parish will need to reduce significantly and will be focussed at festivals and holiday cover. This will not affect the parish service pattern, although you will see rather more of me. Keith