Carols and Christmas Services edition.
Have you noticed how Advent always speeds up? The third candle is to be lit. Churches are being decorated, and carol services approach. Musicians and singers rehearse, sermons are crafted. The church heating is fixed and the fire extinguishers receive their annual service, happily unused since the engineer’s last visit. I look forward to seeing many of you at our worship in the coming days. Thank you all for your support and care for your churches this year. Join us as we kindle a different kind of flame – that of hope, that burns in the heart, lightens the dark, and assuages fear.
This Friday 15th December
6pm Carols round the Maharajah’s Well, Stoke Row
Carol Services Sunday 17th December
4pm Carol Service at St John’s Stoke Row with Canon Kevin Davies
6pm Carols by Candlelight at St Peter and St Paul, Checkendon, with Canon Kevin Davies.
Do join us for a service of favourite Christmas Carols and readings, and seasonal refreshments afterwards.
Christmas Eve Sunday 24th December
9.30am Christmas Communion at St John’s Stoke Row, with Revd Romey Poston.
4pm Christingle Service at St Peter and St Paul, Checkendon, with the children’s choir, church music group, and a Christingle to take home.
11pm Midnight Communion at St Leonard’s Woodcote.
11am Christmas Celebration at St Peter and St Paul, Checkendon, with Canon Kevin Davies, and Revd Romey Poston.
Sunday 31st December
10.30am Team Service of alternative readings and carols at St Leonard’s Woodcote, with Revd David Benskin.
Other service options for elsewhere in the Team can be found on the Langtree Team Ministry Churches website. Do join us for worship either in person, or online, or both. Don’t forget that you can support both Checkendon and Stoke Row churches via dedicated and secure online card donation pages. Just click on the link. It is very easy! Thank you for your support.
One final song.
Enough words from me. Music says it better. Here’s a very new arrangement of Away in a Manger by Anna Lapwood. Forget the rush for a few minutes and jump right in.
with every blessing for Christmas and the coming year.
Your Rector, Kevin Davies.