Reverend Julie continues her weekly chatter box with this entry for 29th November...
Reverend Julie has been writing about preparations for Christmas. Please read on...
What a week this has been! From the seriousness of the government announcements that we are in Tier 3 due to Coronavirus cases locally among the top areas in the country, that there is some relaxation on restrictions that allows us (with caution because it is not without risk for our loved ones) to be with some of our family and friends over the turkey, to the excitement to what Christmas will bring in the church and at the vicarage.
This week I have recorded my French horn part for our virtual Christmas band video whichresulted in me putting up my Christmas decorations already – the earliest ever and locating a small crib set for the high altar for the Zoom services.
Work has begun on the Nativity Scene for the front of the vicarage…stable backdrop made, figures being cut out and painted, star and angel too; it starts to go up on 4 December.
It is with great delight to say that we will have Christingle Services this year in church. There will be 2 services and you will need to book (details to follow) as social distancing has reduced our capacity to 30 seats. Additionally, we will be preparing with Connect Church, Crosby, over 1500 Christingle kits (with Connect church) to go into our local primary schools here in Crosby. We are especially looking to bring some light into the darkness that this year has brought to many families.
Connect Church is also looking to bring light by blessing local families this year with hampers. If you can support this cause of making it a Christmas not to be forgotten for our families, please donate at: https://weareconnect.churchsuite.com/donate/fund/znkuzjer
£5 sponsors the Veg for a Family Christmas Dinner / £10 Sponsors a gift for Mum and Dad as well as some Christmas Crackers and Christmas Cards/ £20 sponsors a Christmas Goodie Bag inc. sweets, treats, drinks, snacks/ £30 sponsors an entire hamper for a family.
Finally, St George’s has Midnight Mass and Christmas Day services in church with a Christmas Party and a Relaxed Evening of Carols on Zoom, as well as our usual fortnightly Friday Quiz.
So, as you can see, we have a lot to look forward to both in terms of enjoyment and in bringing enjoyment to others. That is why I am so excited as we look forward to celebrating the coming of Jesus this Christmas and sharing His light amid the Darkness!!!!
Have a blessed week, Revd Julie
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