I start with a huge thank you to everyone who took part in our wonderful Victorian Christmas Fair last Saturday. It was a wonderful event, from the Victorian carol singers and Punch & Judy Show to the performance by students of the Natalia Kremen Ballet School and the Beatrix Potter Society stall, alongside stalls, food, drink and a warm and festive community feeling. We are so very grateful to all those who volunteered, donated or came along to support the event and to raise funds for the church’s work and to John D. Wood & Co for sponsoring the event. Photos can be found on the ‘Gallery’ page of the website.
We were sad to bid farewell to Mother Alice on Sunday, but are glad that she will bring her many gifts and skills to her new parish in Lancashire, building further on the experience she has gained here at St Mary Abbots. We presented her with a Home Communion set, for visiting at home, and also some vouchers for clergy outfitters(!), and and we send her off with our love and prayers for her future ministry. Photos can be found on the 'Gallery' page of the website.
This Sunday, we mark the start of Advent, with two wonderful seasonal services – the children’s Nativity Play at the 9.30 Eucharist, and then the beautiful, poignant and expectant Advent Service of Light, with a full choir and evocative readings by candlelight at 5.30pm. Please do join us.
Looking ahead, on the following Sunday at 5.30 pm, we have our annual performance of Handel’s Messiah, part 1, with our professional choir and the Purcell Players. The shorter format of singing just Part 1`allows us to focus on the “Christmas” part of the story of Jesus, saving the narrative of his Death and Resurrection for Holy Week. It also means that it is short enough to be suitable for children as an introduction to classical music performances. This is always such a glorious musical event, and with mulled wine and mince pies included in the ticket price, we hope it will feel that the countdown to the birth of the baby Jesus has begun! Tickets are available HERE, and we look forward to seeing you there.
Our busy round of charity and school Carol Services is already underway, so please note that there will be NO service of Evening Prayer said in church between Saturday 2nd and Tuesday 12th December inclusive. We resume on Wednesday 13th.
I hope that amidst all the preparations for Christmas, you are able to find a little time for holy reflection, as we await the coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Lord God, just and true, you make your salvation known in the sight of the nations; tune the song of our hearts to the music of creation as you come among us to judge the earth; through our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen [Response to Psalm 98, Common Worship Daily Prayer
With my love and prayers, Mother Emma
30th November 2023
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