Attachments – (2) ‘Fadhili’s letter, Ayo’s house
Good afternoon everyone,
This week’s PRAYER DIARY:
Michelle, Nigel, Max, Dan, Trulie and Maisie
Bibury Close, Chelvey Rise
For all those in our community who are being helped to manage debt by CAP (Christians Against Poverty) and for the Christmas hampers going out to each client.
The Diocesan Fund for Church Growth, which we have supported for some years and which made a generous grant towards the Trinity Project, is coming to an end, to be replaced by a new missional fund. Pray for wisdom for those setting up the new fund and establishing its terms of reference.
Next week 9.00 a.m. there will be Morning Prayer at the Vicarage Monday to Thursday.
Evening prayer on Wednesdays in December (not 26/12) will be at Trendlewood Vicarage 5.30-6.00. This is a chance for people from local Anglican churches to pray together, occasionally joined by our Methodist Minister, Deborah.
Sharon and Kirsty say:
‘Please thank your church members for the great response to the gift shop this year. We were inundated with donations. Thanks to those who also braved the cold to staff the shop.’
Michelle asks that we pray for the people who spoke to her and had Bible card readings.
I am holding an Advent Quiet day at the Vicarage tomorrow. A chance to reflect and pray before Christmas. Not too late to book in, if you tell me promptly.
This week we continue to look at people in the Bible who saw, or heard, God and how they reacted to that. Mike H will lead and I will be preaching on John the Dipper.
Our Backwell members will be meeting at Andy’s Church at Backwell School.
There is a shared lunch at Holy Trinity after their morning service to say thank you to Sarah after finishing her time as Office Manager/Head Honcho/Trouble Shooter/Getaway Driver. I will go along to represent Trendlewood but others would be most welcome. Sarah is taking a break from Sunday church meetings for January which will help us all to adapt to her different status.
Holy Trinity office hours have changed whilst they are short-staffed. If you need to call in, the mornings are best for the time being.
The early signs from our Commitment Sunday are that our finances will be in good order next year. One or two new givers have pledged to contribute and so things look healthy. Jenny and George will give a more detailed analysis once all forms are in. A reminder that if you still intend to fill in a commitment form it would be helpful to have it soon, either in the weekly offering or dropped in to the Vicarage.
As we have a fair capital sum in the bank, and the best interest rate we could get whilst retaining some access to the money was 1.3%, the Church Council have taken the decision to pay all our Parish Share up front at the start of the year, which attracts a discount of 1.25%.
It is time to be thinking about the rota for February – May 2019. If you already do the following: reading, prayers, coffee, laptop/projector, sound, or would like to be involved (training can be organised where needed) please let Sarah know your availability by Christmas.
If you normally lead or preach then please let Steve know. As Easter is during this time please let us know re your availability for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, 18th and 19th April.
It would be really good to have some more people on our rota. Please speak to Sarah if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks.
‘We are delighted with the progress our house is making, we had to readjust our expectations part way through this stage as we realised we won’t finish the roofing. See the pictures attached.
‘I have also attached a letter about Elifadhili’s trip to South Sudan in January. Please have a read so you can be praying and, if led, partner financially with us.’Yida Jan 2019 Fundraiser (Word).docx
‘They are trying to set up a library for the 4-6 yr olds. I am therefore looking for new (or used, but in good condition) books to take out this month (21st). I would want them by Sunday 16th if possible.
‘There are four of us going so we have a good weight allowance. Anything that doesn’t go this time will go the next. The books and 25pairs of football boots are a priority!’
The next evening will be, Friday, 14th December 2018 at 7.30pm at Nailsea Methodist Church when they will be showing ‘Finding Their Feet’.
The Marriage Course
Enrich your relationship using the material from ‘The Marriage Course’ that is now used around the world. A combination of an evening out together and great tips and insights that each couple discusses in private. Suitable for any couple who are already in a long-term relationship and are willing to invest time in making it even better than it is now. For you and/or family and friends?
The Marriage Course team are planning to run the course again in February and March, probably on Tuesday evenings or possibly over a weekend or two. We need you to tell us which you prefer. The venue will depend on numbers, and when we do it will depend on the responses we get. Please contact Ian and Helen by Dec 31st if you may be interested, so that they can finalise planning.
Carol Service, Crib Service
It would be lovely to have some extras in the music group for our yearly Carol Service on Sunday 23rd December. If you enjoy singing, or play an instrument, and would like to join us that day please speak to/contact Sarah. All ages welcome. (Don’t worry, you are not signing yourself up to sing/play regularly in church – unless you’d like to, of course!)
It would also be nice to offer home-made mince pies after these two services. if you could make an extra few please let me know.
We have no-one available to do laptop and sound on Christmas Eve. Also no-one to do laptop on Sun 30th Dec. Can anyone help?
Mark is happy to set up the laptop in advance for someone else to operate – but as he’s going to be away over Christmas he would need to know service content well in advance.
There will be no weekly email on December 26th (I know, I know, total lack of commitment from the Vicar) so the mailing on Weds 19th December will cover two weeks.
Need a place to serve? Try one of these:
Casual vacancy for a Deanery Synod representative
New people to join our rotas; training available
A chair for the Trendlewood Community Festival 2019
Project leader for a welcome video