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What a wonderful start to Advent we had last week, with the Victorian Fair on Saturday, followed by the beautiful Service of Light on Sunday! Thank you once again to all who worked so hard to make both of these possible. Pictures of the Fair can be seen in the previous events section HERE.
As we travel through Advent, the church is now hosting a number of school and charity carol services or concerts and we are delighted to welcome so many visitors to the Church. It does mean that Evening Prayer is not being said in the church until 13th December, but please do pray with us at home, or join us on Zoom for Morning Prayer, or in church at 12 noon for our daily Eucharists.
This weekend is once again packed with action and events and wonderful acts of worship. At the 9.30 am Family Eucharist on Sunday, our parish children will be presenting their Nativity play, narrating the story of Christ’s birth through the voices of those who were there. Please do come and join us for this joyous event; Martina and the children, together with their families, have worked so hard to bring this story alive for us as we prepare our hearts and minds for Christmas. Our regular services of 8 am BCP Eucharist, Choral Matins and Sung Evensong will follow the Advent theme, as this week the candle lit on our Advent Wreath remembers the role of the prophets in pointing the way to Christ.
On Friday afternoon (2nd December), the Friends of St Mary Abbots School (FOSMAS) are holding their Christmas Fair in the church from 3.30 – 5 pm, raising funds to support our parish school. On Saturday Opera Holland Park are holding a Carol Concert at the church on Saturday evening at 7.30 pm. Tickets are £25 and money raised will go towards their artistic work and community projects and tickets can be purchased HERE. Lastly Natalia Kremen Ballet School, which meets at St Mary Abbots Centre, invite you to their Christmas event at the centre on Saturday at 4.30pm. More information on the event can be found HERE.
Looking further ahead to next week, tickets are now selling fast for Handel’s Messiah part 1, at 5.30 on Sunday 11th December, and we do hope you will join us. The shorter performance makes it ideal for people of all ages, and it will be followed by wine, mince pies and the opportunity to meet and chat with the singers and musicians. Tickets are £15 for adults and £10 for those under 16 and can be bought HERE.
At this time of activity and excitement, we also remember in our prayers those for whom this Christmas may be a time of sadness or struggle. We continue to collect for the Foodbank, and you will have seen our appeals in the newsletter for Christmas gifts. Firstly, we are asking for warm hats, gloves and socks, wrapped for Christmas, which can be distributed by our homeless ministry team during December, and secondly, if you would like to contribute a present for someone attending the Christmas lunch (this year on Christmas Eve) being run by Lucille Briance and volunteers, please contact Leonora, who will pass your details on to Lucille.
People of God, awake! The day is coming soon when you shall see God face to face. Remember the ways and the works of God. God calls you out of darkness to walk in the light of his coming. You are God’s children. [Common Worship: Prayer at the Advent Wreath, Advent 1]
With my love and prayers for a holy Advent
1st December 2022
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