Christmas Shopping!: After the service this morning, you can visit the north aisle Christmas stall at St Nicolas Church to buy Christmas Cards and a wide range of handcrafted items made from local wood and re-claimed timber. This stall will be available for the next few Sundays—while stocks last! Card payments are encouraged.
Anglican Communion Day of Prayer: The USPG is organising a global day of prayer in the Anglican Communion next Tuesday (30th); the feast of St Andrew. at midnight, dioceses and provinces around the world from Melanesia to Vancouver will take 30 minute slots toa video ofexpressions of prayer, worship, readings and reflection. can share in this lovely event as much or as little as you wish on Zoom or YouTube. details of the schedule and weblinks are at://www.uspg.org.uk/day-of-prayer
A moment to pause before Advent begins…: On Saturday, 27th November between 10:00am and 1pm, there is a wonderful opportunity to join an online retreat with poetry and Music organised by the Church Times in conjunction with the Canterbury Press. Tickets are £10 and the link to obtain them and find out more about it, is on our website.
Worship for All: Our morning service next Sunday (Advent Sunday) invites us to take a fresh look at Jesus’s invitation for us to share him in bread and wine. At the start of a new Christian year, it is an opportunity for us all to reflect on the Holy Communion whatever our age or background. Activities and refreshments from 10:15; service at 10:45.
Hope Café: The St Nicolas Church Café initiative begins on 1st December and will be open from 2:00—3:30pm each first Wednesday of the month. The café is for anyone at any stage on life’s journey. It offers a safe space to come and appreciate the company of other people who have also experienced loss in their lives: a space to relax, chat, have a cuppa, eat cake and listen to each other’s stories and share experiences if you wish. Come as you are: there is no need to book in advance.
The Church Christmas Newsletters: These are now published and will be distributed to every home in the parish. If you live outside the parish, don’t hesitate to ask for a copy if you would like one – or collect one from church.
Burnham Christmas Fair: On Thursday, 2nd December from 5:30 to 8:30pm, there will be an event in Burnham High Street with Santa on his Sleigh, Entertainers, Bands, Carols, Fair Rides & Charity stalls and switching on the Lights around Burnham Park Hall & Late Night Shopping. Churches Together run a stall serving mulled wine, hot chocolate and mince pies as well as distributing information about Christian worship. They also have a choir singing Christmas carols. If you can help in any way—singing, baking, serving, helping to set up….please speak to Esme Mitchell who is our Churches Together link, or to Jane. Thank you.
Nicolas Patronal Festival: This is on Sunday, 5th December when we will be holding a special service at St Nicolas including a new music setting composed by Neil Matthews and first performed in Exeter Cathedral in September. The service will be followed by the serving of celebratory mince pies and sherry.
Traidcraft: We are delighted to announce that our monthly Traidcraft stall run by Pam Taylor will also be returning to the north aisle after the morning service on the first Sunday of each month starting on Sunday, 5th December. More information next week.
Christmas Cards: Ann King has very generously painted an image of the Oak and Saw for this year’s new Christmas card, now on sale in aid of the church. A pack of 5 costs £3. There are also three new photo Christmas cards, showing two of our beautiful stained glass windows as well as the churchyard in the snow. These cost £5 for a pack of 10. Take a look at the display in the north aisle and make your purchases while stocks last!
Tiny Tots & Tea: Our new toddlers’ group runs on Wednesdays, 9.30am to 11.30am. Do spread the word about this; pre-school children with an accompanying adult to enjoy toys, crafts, stories, singing and making new friends! Lots of families come.
Parish Giving Scheme: Our treasurer, Jessie Cooper points out to us that the very best way to contribute to the work of our Parish Church is to use the Parish Giving Scheme. If you do not yet use this way of donating to church and you would like to know more about it or ask any questions, please contact Jessie Cooper (Parish Treasurer) in confidence… by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 01628 603187