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Sunday 16th December – The Third Sunday of Advent

The Third Sunday of Advent
Sunday 16th December 2018

Today: 9am Holy Communion
11am Morning Prayer
No Evening Service

Wednesday: 10.30am Holy Communion

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

Monday 24th December Christmas Eve
11.30pm Holy Communion by candlelight

Tuesday 25th DecemberChristmas Day
10am Holy Communion


SCRIPTURE READINGS: Zephaniah 3:14-20 (OT page 803);
Philippians 4:4-7 (NT page 188, Reader: Mrs Marilyn Warren); Luke 3:7-18 (NT page 57).

WELCOME to our former Rector, the Revd Sam Black, who will be the celebrant at 9am Holy Communion and at 11am will preach the sermon.

TANDRAGEE PRIMARY SCHOOL will be holding their Christmas Assembly for P3 – P7 in Ballymore Parish Church on Tuesday 18th December at 11am. There is an open invitation to family and friends to come along and join them.

CHOIR PRACTICE: Wednesday evening at 7.30pm in Church for both the Parish Choir and Junior Choir.

REAL MANGER SCENE at Tandragee Methodist Church on Wednesday 19th & Thursday 20th December. On Wednesday evening at 7pm there will be Carol singing followed at 8pm by a showing of the film “The Nativity”. On Thursday evening the girls from Ahorey GB will be singing from 7pm – 8pm, clips of Christmas will be shown on the big screen from 3pm – 8.30pm and from 8.30pm – 9pm some Christmas Jazz. Proceeds for charity. Everyone welcome.

BLACK BAG COLLECTION: We have extended our black bag collection to the end of December. Bags of unwanted clothes, paired shoes and curtains can therefore be left in the porch of the Parish Hall anytime during the next few weeks. No ripped or dirty clothes, ladies boots, quilts or pillows please. Thanks.

BIBLE READING GUIDES: Copies of ‘Daily Bread’ for January – March, the Scripture Union Bible reading guide, will be available on Sunday 23rd December. The four quarterly copies cost £18, (£4.50 each). Money should be placed in a marked envelope and given to the churchwardens or me by 6th January. *Please let me know soon, if you no longer wish to receive the guides. *If you would like to consider using the guide, a sample copy (snowdrops on cover) is on the porch table for you to have a look at. Please contact me by phone if you wish to begin or stop using the guide. Thank you. Nola Nixon (Tel: 3884 1550)

FOOD BANK: As part of our Christmas giving parishioners are encouraged to bring some items of shopping from the list below to be included in a donation to our nearest Food Bank. Milk (UHT or powdered), Sugar (500g), Fruit juice (Long life carton), Soup, Pasta sauces, Sponge pudding (tinned), Tinned Tomatoes, Cereals, Tinned Rice pudding, Tea Bags/Instant Coffee, Instant mash potato, Rice/pasta, Tinned meat/fish, Tinned fruit, Jam, Biscuits or snack bar. Also gifts of pet food will be gratefully received for pets who are part of families where there is financial hardship at this time.

CHRISTMAS CARDS: We have some Parish Christmas cards available featuring different designs of the interior and exterior of the Church and stained glass windows. Cards are priced at £4 per pack (10 cards) and can be found in the baptistery. Money can be left in the basket. Thanks.

PASTORAL COVER: While the Rector is on sick leave recovering from surgery, our former Curate, the Revd Graham Spence, will look after all pastoral concerns in the Parish. Graham can be contacted on Tel: 3082 1848. For anything else please contact the Churchwardens. Information to be included on the weekly announcement sheets should be sent to the Rector’s Churchwarden at Thanks.

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 (it took two cars!) 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.

WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENT SHEET: Information and articles to be included on the weekly announcement sheet should be sent to the Rector’s Churchwarden at email address by Thursday evening. 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: 3833 8002 ) or Tom McCord (Tel: 3884 1021). All Freewill Offerings for 2018 must be received on or before the 31st December 2018 in order to be included in the accounts for the year 2018. This is due to the Charity Commissions 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.

FWO ENVELOPES: The new Freewill Offering Envelopes for 2019 are now ready for collection and distribution and can be found at the back of Church. Thanks.

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.”

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.