10th December – 2nd Sunday of Advent

Hymns at 9.15am 45, 46, 557, 839, 47   10.30am 50, 46, 815, 39   

6.00pm 36, 119 (v105-112), 57, 51

Sunday 10th December – Advent 2

Readings: Isaiah 40.1-11, 2 Peter 3.8-15a, Mark 1.1-8

8.00am Eucharist at St. Mary’s

9.15am Eucharist at St. Paul’s.

10.30am Eucharist at St. Mary’s.

10.30am Refresh at St. Arilda’s.

4.00pm Christingle Service at St. Mary’s.

6.00pm  Evensong at St. Mary’s.

Monday 11th December

Prayer:  For those caring for loved ones at home.

8.30am Morning Prayer at St. Mary’s.

2.30pm MU Prayer group at Coombe Cottage, Gloucester Road

  Leader Margaret Woodford.

Tuesday 12th December

Prayer:      For visitors to St. Mary’s.

8.30am Morning Prayer at St. Mary’s.

2.30pm Julian Group Meeting at 3 Shannon Court.

Wednesday 13th December

Prayer: For our Servers.

8.30am Morning Prayer at St. Mary’s.

10.00am Mothers’ Union Corporate Communion at St. Mary’s.

7.30pm Welsh Society Carol Service at St. Paul’s

Thursday 14th December

Prayer:    For our Holy Mowers.

8.00am Morning Prayer at St. Mary’s.

9.15am Hopscotch at St. Mary’s.

2.00pm Healing Eucharist at St. Paul’s.

4.30pm Study the Sunday Scriptures at the Vicarage.

Friday 15th December

Prayer:  For our Foundation Governors of St. Marys School.

8.30am  Morning Prayer at St. Mary’s.

7.30pm Choir Practice at St. Mary’s.

Saturday 16th December

Prayer:      For our Environmental Policy.

9.00am Eucharist at St. Mary’s.

7.00pm TCT Carol & Crawl in Thornbury (see notice).

Sunday 17th December – Advent 3

Readings: Isaiah 61-4.8-end, 1 Thessalonians 5.16-24, John 1.6-8, 19-24

8.00am Eucharist at St. Mary’s

9.15am Eucharist at St. Paul’s.

10.30am Eucharist at St. Mary’s.

6.00pm  Nine Lessons and Carol at St. Mary’s.

6.00pm CW Communion at St. Arilda’s.

Leading Worship today: 8.00am & 9.15am Chris V 10.30am Sheila F 4.00pm Monica M & 6.00pm Jan vdL


Thank You - Rev Tom and Ann would like to thank all of you for your cards, greetings and kind wishes on Tom’s retirement as Associate Priest. A particular thank you to all who were able to join us for lunch last Sunday and share in a time of friendship and fellowship in a relaxed atmosphere, being amply catered for by the lovely folks from Butties. We are looking forward to some time together and time with family as we reassess our callings to God’s service here in Thornbury. Just because you will see less of us over the next few months does not mean you will be out of our thoughts and prayers. With our love and blessing, Tom and Ann.

Planned Givers: 2018 envelopes are now available at the back of the churches.

Youth Worker Pledges: Letters to all youth worker supporters are now available for collection at the back of the churches.

The newly formed Thornbury Good Afternoon Choir will be holding a Christmas Celebration on Thursday 14th December, 2.00pm to 4.00pm at the United Reformed Church.  You are warmly invited to join us to sing some of our best loved carols.  There’s no charge but there will be a retiring collection in aid of the two Thornbury Memory Cafes.  Thank you!

TCT Carols around the pubs: Please put Saturday 16th December in your diary and meet at the Black Horse by 7pm ready to sing some carols with friends from across the churches. We sing a few carols in several pubs round the town centre, and collect for 'Crisis at Christmas'. Rev'd Jan.

Advent/Christmas Gifts for Julian Trust Homeless Nightshelter/Caring at Christmas: We would like to give each guest a small, useful gift.  If you could please donate any of the following we will wrap one of each - a face flannel, bar of soap, toothpaste, toothbrush and of course a small bar of chocolate into a gift for each person.  Supermarket value range is ideal, all donations most gratefully received. Donations are needed by Sunday 17th December 2017.  Thank you in anticipation.  For more information please contact Christine Dadd on 414396.

Pack and Wrap Party Monday 18th December 2017 from 6.30 pm:  Enjoy wrapping Christmas gifts? Come along to 22 Sibland Road, Thornbury.  We will be ‘packing and wrapping’ gifts for each guest at the Julian Trust Nightshelter for the Homeless.  All volunteers very welcome, For more info, please contact Christine Dadd on 414396 - or just turn up on the night any time from 6.30pm.

Carol singing in the community:  Tuesday 19th December, meeting at Church Hall at 6.15pm.  Please come and join us as we go out to the community to bring them the joy of Christmas. We sing for about 1 hour, then return to the hall for mince pies and hot drinks.  We only collect smiles, not money.  Bring friends and family, everyone welcome, and enjoy the evening.  Further information ring Vivienne/Ian – 418932.

Parent talk - The Teenage Years FREE course is running again for 9 sessions. Fortnightly on a Wednesday 7.30 - 9.30pm at the Thornbury Baptist Church Lower Room. We start again on Wed 24th January. We have 22 names already and some parents wanting to do it all again! So do email us ASAP. if you would like a place. thornburyparentingtogether@gmail.com. Topics include: Understanding Teenagers, Drugs & Alcohol, Managing Social media in the home, Communication & Conflict, dealing with sexual issues, consent and healthy relationships and Letting Go. We also have a social evening at the Pub for parents on the course to get to know each other. Jacquie & Sean Rinaldi.

Christmas tree cards: Wish the whole congregation a Merry Christmas with one of our Christmas tree cards. Simply write your Christmas message and hang it onto the Christmas tree in St. Mary’s. The cards can be found in a box at the back of St. Mary’s Church and are ready to hang. Donations welcome.

2018 Diaries have arrived: Our Pocket 2018 Diaries are on the shelf as you come through the church door. 50p only, so please do get one in time for Christmas stockings.

Design for new glass doors at St Marys: The PCC are keen to improve the welcome at St Mary's by replacing the metal gates with attractive glass doors, easier to open and close, and inviting to enter. (The wooden door will remain, but be kept open all day). There are three possible designs for the shape of the doors on display at the back of St Mary's, so do have a look and let Rev'd Jan or the churchwardens know your thoughts. Funding for this exciting project will come from the generous legacy left by Nesta Robinson and the doors will be in memory of Nesta and her son Alan. 

Greetings from Paphos to all our friends in Thornbury. We wish you all a very happy and peaceful Christmas and every blessing in 2018. Geoff and Sylvia Hill.

Flower Festival 2018: We are planning a flower festival in St Mary's in June 2018 as part of the Diocesan 'Festival for All', an event celebrating community. We are looking for a suitable theme for the flower festival and welcome your ideas! Last time we had displays celebrating many aspects/groups in our community, so this time we are looking for a different approach. Please speak to Jean Boakes tel:416220 or Rev Jan with your suggestions!

Funeral & Wedding Vergers Needed Urgently: Our small term of vergers for weddings and funerals has become depleted these days, so we would love a couple more people to help in this way.  The Church needs preparing for service and you greet the guests as they arrive. Vergers also clear away after the service has finished. Funeral happen on weekdays, weddings usually on Saturdays. Full training with an experienced verger would be given. Please contact the office for more info if you could spare about 1 1/2 hours of your time every now and then to help. Many thanks.

Enjoy a cup of coffee at the United Reformed Church every Saturday 10am – 12noon and buy Christian Charity Christmas cards and Fairtrade goods from the TCT stall.  

TCT - Urgently - Job of Secretary: Thornbury Churches Together generally meets 5 times a year. The secretary’s role includes requesting agenda items from the Church representatives, preparing an agenda (plus circulation), taking meetings at meetings, then typing and circulating them to all the reps. The secretary also maintains and circulates the TCT reps contact details and at the AGM identifies forthcoming TCT activities and requests members for task groups to organise them. They also forward relevant emails to all the reps and occasionally respond to queries about TCT. For more information please contact Rev’d Jan, Ken Miles or Pauline Thomas.

Interested in getting more involved in church life? There are many ways to do this! Whatever your gifts and interests; from helping with children's work to knitting or mowing, gardening or joining a house group to reading in church, or singing in a choir. The clergy and our welcomers would be happy to chat with you about it, please feel free to ask….

Facebook: helps you connect and share with everyone in our parish. It shows the parish has a vibrant and diverse church community. It’s a great opportunity to promote the church’s important activities.  Help support this by sending your photos, news and events to Pat Duru at patduru50@yahoo.co.uk and share the love, joy and fellowship of God with others in this parish.

If you are recently bereaved and would like to talk to someone, please contact any of the clergy, numbers on the newsletter. We offer the opportunity to share.

We Pray this week for:

Aurella Edwards, Robin Harper, Angela Cole, Daphne Ashton, Aileen Acton,

Marion Kayaalp, Tim Giles, Joan Cole, Eileen Boucher & Doreen Cooksley.

And those for whom we regularly pray: Debbie Yanez, Mary Chappell & Joan Tuck.

We pray for those who are recently departed: Sheila Davies, Neil Davies, Don Smith

& Stephen Tate.

For those who died at this time of year: Bill Stanley, Olive Britton, Nancy Salisbury

Cyril Vittle (priest), Eileen Westerman, George Westerman, Nanette Tromans, Edward Scott, Vena Clews, Joan Excell, Hilda  Rodliffe &  Mair Williams-Johnson.

Weekly Newsletter – Please do give us plenty of notice for any requests, anything to be included for the weekend news needs to be received in the office by Wednesday morning at the latest please. To contact Gemma (Mon, Thurs, Fri) or Sarah (Tues, Weds) Tel: 281900. Requests taken from 9.15am. An email version of this Newsletter is available on request via the office. (Save the Trees)