Services and Events for Advent and Christmas : All Welcome!
On Sunday 3rd December is our Christingle Service, a short, fun service for all ages. All are welcome to join us and make a Christingle to take home.
On Wednesday 6th December St Mary’s Church and the Coppice School are hosting Community Carols, which brings together local churches, schools and groups to celebrate as Christmas approaches. All welcome! Extra parking will be available behind the church.
Traditional Carol Service
Also called the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, this traditional service features Wythall Community Choir. Saturday 16th December at 6pm
Christmas Eve at 4pm
This year our family friendly Christmas Eve service ‘The Greatest Journey’ tells the Nativity story in the style of the children’s book ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’. Come and join in the fun as we celebrate Christmas!
On Christmas Eve at 11:30pm, join us to start Christmas Day with a service of Holy
Christmas Day Service
At 10am on Christmas Day a short service for all the family. Happy Christmas!
Congratulations to Michelle and to Ria on their Graduations!
Michelle graduated with a BA in Theology on 26th October!
Ria graduated in Youth, Communities and Practical Theology on 30th October!
Our new Mission Partner, Dr Caroline Bell, visited St Mary’s on 22nd October to introduce herself and her work starting with Africa Inland Mission:
“When I was young I was fascinated by Africa and I believe that even then God was creating in me a desire to be involved in his mission there.
I trained to be a doctor, seeing that as a very practical way to demonstrate God’s love and serve those who do not ordinarily have access to medical help. After working short term in several different ministries I believe God’s call is for me to live and work with those who don’t know Christ.
80% of Uganda is engaged in agriculture. The healthy economy of the 1960s was crippled in 1972 by the expulsion of the Asian business community, and then virtually destroyed by tyranny and wars. It has steadily improved since 1992. Under previous government regimes there were restrictions on persecuted Christians, but there is now freedom of religion.
Who and where?
The Karimojong live in the North East corner of Uganda in a semi-arid area. They are cattle herders who move frequently in order to find pasture for their animals and to evade and avoid cattle raiders. There are relatively few Christians in Karamoja and Christianity is often seen as another way to protect oneself from evil or to bring prosperity. Churches can be found in the larger towns but have limited presence in rural villages. The Bible has been translated into the Karimojong language, but low literacy rates limit its use.
I will be joining an international team based in Moroto Town. Though involved in different activities the team share a common vision: “For the Karimojong to be set free from darkness, to be set free from the bondage of destructive traditions, to be transformed into the full measure of Christ, and to reproduce this transformed life of Christ in their fellow tribesmen.” Initially I will be immersing myself in the culture and language learning through which I hope to cultivate friendships in the local community.
Please pray with me that I may be intentional in looking for opportunities to speak about Jesus and to serve the community, possibly through healthcare or education.”
Find out more about Africa Inland Mission on their website – click here.
Creation Season is a worldwide, ecumenical recognition of the need to pray for God’s creation, and is held between 1st September (the World Day of Prayer for Creation) and 4th October (the feast of St Francis of Assisi). At St Mary’s we couldn’t celebrate this season at the same time as the rest of the world, so we did it from 8th October to 5th November instead!
To listen to a sermon or for information about readings or resources click here
Chloe visited St Mary’s in April to tell us about her year teaching in Honduras. She has now arrived there and has completed her first week at the school. You can read about this and more in her blog – click here