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Sunday 25th November – Sunday before Advent

The Sunday before Advent
Sunday 25th November 2018
“The Kingship of Christ”

Today: 9am Holy Communion
11am Morning Prayer
7pm Evening Prayer

Wednesday: 10.30am Holy Communion

Next Sunday: 11am Holy Communion
(Epistle: 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13; Reader: Mrs Beth Wortley)
Celebrant & Preacher: The Archbishop of Armagh
7pm Charity Carol Service
with Poyntzpass Silver Band


SCRIPTURE READINGS: 2 Samuel 23:1-7 (OT page 232);
Revelation 1:4b-8 (NT page 213; Reader: Mrs Amanda Heyburn); John 18:33-37(NT page 48).

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.

CHOIR PRACTICE: Wednesday evening at 7.30pm in Church.

CHRISTMAS SHOP: The Charity Craft Group have their Christmas Shop again this year in the British Legion premises in The Square, Tandragee until Saturday 1st December. The shop will be open on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10am – 4pm and Saturday 10am -1pm. Closed Tuesday. Your support is greatly appreciated.

PANTOMIME: The S-Club outing to the Marketplace Theatre in Armagh to see the pantomime “Aladdin” will take place next Saturday (1st December). The bus will leave from the Parish Hall at 10am and will return by approximately 1.30pm.

CHARITY CAROL SERVICE will take place on Sunday 2nd December at 7pm in Ballymore. This year’s nominated charity is the Williams Syndrome Foundation UK. Poyntzpass Silver Band will lead the singing of the carols and will be joined by the choir of Tandragee Primary School along with our own Parish Choir.

WALKMORE: The Parish Walking Club will meet on Wednesday 5th December for a walk around Lurgan Park. Please meet at the Church Car Park at 10am. The walk is weather permitting!!!

SENIOR CITIZENS’ CHRISTMAS PARTY: Saturday 8th December at 5pm (dinner will be served at 5.30pm). Please put the date in your diary and pass on an invitation to any of the older members of our congregation. If you intend to be present please add your name to the list in the Church porch to assist us with the catering arrangements. Thanks.

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.

GRAVEYARD TIDY UP: Many thanks to all who came along yesterday morning and worked so very hard to make sure that our church grounds are neat and tidy before the onset of winter.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

2nd Mrs Beth Wortley
9th Toy Service
16th Mrs Marilyn Warren
23rd 9 Lessons & Carols
30th Graham Patterson

Christmas Decorations