Thoughts from the Vicarage 116

Greetings as we approach the last Sunday in Advent when our 4th advent candle will be lit!

Please find attached Pews News for this coming Sunday along with the services for Christmas to which you are all very welcome. Wherever and whoever you are, you are welcome and invited to worship the child, the God whose heart beats for you, who is at the heart of our Christmas joy!

At the moment services are going ahead as planned. We’re all watching the clouds which seem to be gathering so please do take great care of one another and yourself.

For those planning on coming along to our services please let’s do all we can to keep one another safe, with physical distancing, hand washing and use of sanitiser etc. It is now the law that face coverings must be worn in church unless a legal exemption applies. Each church requires the congregation to keep these coverings in place when singing. If you are not able, for any reason so to do, please refrain from singing.

Most people are fully vaccinated, and an increasing number of people are boosted, but not all of us. For this reason, if you are planning to come along to a service in the Valley, please do consider taking a lateral flow test, just to make sure that you aren’t an asymptomatic carrier of the virus. As a matter of interest, I am lateral flowing daily at this time.

Sunday 19th December Advent 4

  • 8.00 BCP Holy Communion St Michael & All Angels
  • 9.30 Family Communion St James the Greater
  • 11.00 All Together Eucharist with the Baptism of James and Louie Pyle
  • 6.00pm Carol service by candlelight St Michael & All Angels

If you would prefer a quieter more traditional and shorter morning service this week, you’d be very welcome at the Book of Common Prayer Communion at 8am in St Michael & All Angels, Lambourn. This was not mentioned in Village Views but is definitely going ahead.

Finally, if you are not going to be able to come to church over the next couple of weeks or so and would like Communion, please do let me know.

Above all, let’s make sure that we care for one another, pick up the phone and support one another in prayer as we journey towards the heart of Christmas and beyond.  And at the heart of Christmas is Jesus, born among us. My prayer is that Jesus will be at the heart of our lives this Christmas and always.

God bless you as the birth of the Christ child approaches …

Julie

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