December 2017

 

2nd 7.30pm Gilbert & Sullivan Concert

3rd 8.00am Holy Communion

10.00am Prayer Time (Lady Chapel)

10.45am Family Communion

6th 9.30am Holy Communion (1662) (Tansley)

1.00pm Wednesday at One (Lady Chapel)

7th 10.00am Toddler Nativity

2.00pm Longmeadow Service

8th 7.30pm WI Carol Service

9th 10.30am Advent Quiet Morning (Tansley)

9th – 12th Tansley Christmas Tree Festival

10th 8.00am Holy Communion

10.00am Prayer Time (Lady Chapel)

10.45am Family Communion

11th 2.30pm Café Carols (Imperial Rooms)

12th 7.30pm Transforming Faith 9 (Meeting Room)

13th 9.30am Holy Communion (1662) (Tansley)

1.00pm Wednesday at One (Lady Chapel)

16th 4.00pm Messy Church (MMURC)

17th 8.00am Holy Communion (1662)

10.00am Prayer Time (Lady Chapel)

10.45am Family Service

18th 9.30am Infant Service

19th 2.00pm Valley Lodge Service

7.30pm Transforming Faith 10 (Meeting Room)

20th 9.30am Holy Communion (1662) (Tansley)

11.00am Lilybank Carols

1.00pm Wednesday at One (Lady Chapel)

7.00pm Carol Service

24th 3.00pm Crib Service

11.30pm Midnight Mass

25th 10.00am Prayer Time (Lady Chapel)

10.45am Family Communion

31st 8.00am Holy Communion

10.00am Prayer Time (Lady Chapel)

10.45am Family Communion

 

Baptisms

 

Dear Friends,

In a major new initiative launched this year, the Archbishop of Canterbury is inviting people to reflect on the Christmas story and what it means for us in our lives. The initiative is titled “#God with us – Your Christmas journey” and focusses on that most wonderful news that God loves the world so much that God was prepared to enter into it as a tiny baby in order to share our earth-bound existence and show us the way to true fulfilment and the hope of eternal glory.

Archbishop Justin writes, “The constant refrain of Christmas, in carols and readings, is that God is with us. In whatever situations you find yourself this Christmas, God is with you – you need only turn to him and ask to know his presence.”

God with us – the miracle of the incarnation – God come in our flesh; Jesus Christ – truly human and truly Divine. This is good news for sharing and the Church of England initiative seeks to do just that through use of prayers, special booklets and online meditations (For web resources check out the #God with us website). People are encouraged through Advent to listen, wait, watch and welcome, then to continue the journey through Christmastide and to the New Year.

Whatever you’re planning and wherever you’re going I wish you and all those you love a very Merry Christmas. And if you’re around do join us for our special Christmas services.

Every blessing

Richard

DIOCESAN NEWS

Bishop Alastair has announced that he intends to retire on the 31st August 2018 – there will be a number of opportunities to give thanks for his ministry amongst us and to pray for his and the Diocese’s future over coming months. A new Archdeacon of Chesterfield has been appointed to start next spring. The Revd. Canon Carol Coslett will be moving from her present role as a Team Rector and acting Archdeacon in the Diocese of Southwark.