Dear Church Family,
The national mood seems to be following the suggested pattern for life during Advent. Small cracks of light have started to appear in the midst of all the gloom. A vaccine being rolled out in the coming days and weeks, a lifting of the 2nd lockdown, and the opportunity to spend Christmas with some family members or friends. All of these recent events have given rise to renewed hope. Of course, we must be aware of the risks still present in society with Covid-19, and we must not take it as an opportunity to be reckless – our Christian vocation is always to the worship of God and love for our neighbours. Our own needs or desires should be placed after these first two commandments.
With all this in mind, we can now begin to firm up our plans for December and offer you some safe opportunities for worship, fellowship, and (dare I say it), some fun!
Regular weekly worship in December
Wednesdays, 9.30am at All Saints – Prayer Book Holy Communion
Sundays, 9.30am at St Peter’s – Holy Communion with music group (also livestreamed on Facebook)
Sundays, 11.15am at All Saints – Holy Communion or Morning Prayer
Morning Prayer: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays at 9am on Facebook
Evening Prayer: Thursdays at 6pm on Facebook
This Sunday's Notice Sheet can be downloaded here:
Extra Services and Events in December
Saturday 12th December: Festive Afternoon Teas for collection from St Peter’s after midday. £8.50pp
Sunday 13th December, 7pm at St Peter’s – Contemporary worship for Advent. (No booking required)
Friday 18th December: Carols in the café, 7pm at St Peter’s. £5pp FULLY BOOKED
Sunday 20th December: Carols in the café, 6pm at St Peter’s. £5pp LIMITED SPACES
Tuesday 22nd December, 3pm at St Peter’s: Messy Christingles
Wednesday 23rd December, 3pm at St Peter’s: Messy Christingles FULLY BOOKED
Christmas Eve, 2pm & 4pm at St Peter’s: Messy Christingles 4PM SERVICE FULLY BOOKED
Midnight Mass, 11.30pm at All Saints FULLY BOOKED
Midnight Mass, 11.30pm at St Peter’s
You can book to attend any of these events by going to www.huttonparish.com/book-online or by calling Dawn Shaxon on 01277 262864. Payment can be made either online or at the time of the event.
Please note that the Christmas raffle will take place on Saturday 12th December at 4pm. You can watch the draw live on Facebook!
The PCC and I have decided that the services between Christmas Day and New Year will be pre-recorded. This is to allow the Leadership Team a chance to enjoy the break with their families and friends and to minimise the cleaning commitments needed to keep the buildings safe.
Christmas Day Worship with sermon – available from 8am on Facebook.
Sunday 27th December, Holy Communion – available from 9.30am on Facebook.
The word of caution with all of the events listed above is that they may need to be cancelled if there is a localised outbreak of Coronavirus - particularly amongst the teams leading them. We are doing our utmost to keep the buildings as clean and as safe as we can. If you are coming to any church event, please do bring your masks, be ready to wash your hands, and to sign in at the door!
With every blessing this Advent,