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Sunday 15th December 2019 – The Third Sunday of Advent

The Third Sunday of Advent
Sunday 15thDecember 2019

Today: 9am Holy Communion
11am Morning Prayer
7pm Carols at the Christmas Tree
Refreshments afterwards in the Parish Hall

Wednesday: 11am Tandragee Primary School Carol Service
No midweek Communion Service

Next Sunday: 9am Holy Communion
11am The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
No Evening Service

SCRIPTURE READINGS: Isaiah 35:1-10 (NT page 608);
James 5:7-10 (NT page 220, Reader: Mrs Wendy Grant); Matthew 11:2-11(NT page 11).

CAROLS AT THE CHRISTMAS TREE: After the success of the last few year’s carol singing at the Christmas tree we are going to repeat it again this year. Therefore, this evening you are invited to meet at 7pm at the Christmas tree in Tandragee for some traditional Christmas carols and readings followed by festive refreshments in our Parish Hall. Make sure to wear warm clothes and bring a torch!

CHOIR PRACTICE this week will be on Tuesday 17th December at 7pm in Church for the Junior Choir and then the adult members of the Parish Choir will join them at 7.30pm for a full rehearsal. There will be supper afterwards, finishing 9pm.

TANDRAGEE PRIMARY SCHOOL will be holding their Christmas Assembly for P3 – P7 in Ballymore Parish Church on Wednesday 18th December at 11am. Everyone welcome.

CHRISTMAS PRESENTS: Many thanks to everybody who placed a gift under the Christmas tree in Church last Sunday morning at the Toy Service. Representatives from Social Services collected all the gifts on Monday morning and they will now be distributed to children in care within the Southern Health and Social Care Trust area. Thank you for your kindness and generosity.

BABY BASICS was founded in 2009 in The Kings Centre in Sheffield and now has various bases around the UK including Mullavilly in the “Orchard County” and so therefore they are “Apple-Blossom” Baby Basics. It is a volunteer led project that aims to support new mothers and families who are struggling to meet the financial and practical needs of looking after a new baby. The aim is to help these new mothers practically and generously, demonstrating the love of God through our care. During the Christmas period we will be supporting this project by collecting items for the starter packs. Gifts of the following can be left in the baptistry between now and Christmas Day: First size nappies, baby wipes, baby shampoo, wash and lotion, baby towels and sponges, sheets for Moses basket, changing mats, knitted cardigans, new born baby clothes, blankets, baby vests and baby grows and toiletries for a new mum. Thank you in advance for your support of this project.

OLDER MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY: With the colder weather now upon us please make a special effort to look after the older and more vulnerable members of the community.

GDPR: The new General Data Protection Regulations came into law in the UK last year. This legislation requires us to seek the consent of every member of the Parish for us to be able to contact parishioners using their address or telephone number. The regulations state that everyone over the age of 13 must sign their own form and those under 13 must have their form signed by a parent or guardian. Please speak to Mrs Linda McCord if you have not yet received your form. There are also a number of forms outstanding which were hand delivered – please could these be returned as soon as possible. It would be greatly appreciated if all forms could be completed and returned before the end of the year. Thanks.

POETIC REFLECTIONS ON THE CHRISTIAN LIFE is the title of a new book written by Canon Brian Blacoe. The intention of this book of poetic reflections is to glorify God for His Saving grace, revealed in His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, who by His love and mercy secured our Salvation from sin through His Death and Resurrection, assuring us of forgiveness and our future in Heaven. The underlying question we must ask is – To what extent is the presence of Christ reflected in our lives? The sale of the book will raise funds for home and overseas mission. To order a copy of the book please add your name to the list on the table in the Church porch. Thanks.

FREEWILL OFFERING: Any parishioners who do not currently use Freewill Offering envelopes or monthly Standing Order and would like to do so, please contact Mrs Ann Liggett (Tel: 3884 1183) or Tom McCord (Tel: 3884 1021). All Freewill Offerings for 2019 must be received on or before the 31st December 2019 in order to be included in the accounts for the year 2019. This is due to the Charity Commission’s regulations.

GIFT AID allows the Parish to claim back 25% on Freewill Offerings or Donations from the Revenue Authorities when the donor pays at least the amount of Income Tax as the Gift Aid claimed in the relevant year. If you do not currently Gift Aid your offering and wish to do so, please contact Ann or Tom on the above numbers. For those who presently Gift Aid, thank you for your additional support. Please make sure you notify us should you no longer pay income tax, change your name or address, so that our records are up to date.

PARISH WEBSITE contains information about the Parish and its organisations as well as the weekly Services. Please do have a look at it and let us know if there is any other information we should add to it.

REMINDER: In February each year the Revision of the General Vestry takes place. Only those people whose name appears on the list can vote at the Easter General Vestry Meeting or serve on the Select Vestry. Under new legislation adopted by the Diocesan Synod in October 2016 and approved by the Representative Body in December 2016 “any person registered or claiming to be registered as a resident or an accustomed member, must be an annual subscriber of a sum not less than £50 per annum to the Sustentation Fund of the Parish of which he or she wishes to be a vestry member.”

WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENT SHEET: Information and articles to be included on the weekly announcement sheet should be sent to the Parish email address by Thursday evening. Thanks.

SICK & BEREAVED: If you know of any parishioners who have been unwell recently, bereaved or who would appreciate a home visit please let the Rector know.