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Sunday 2nd December – The First Sunday of Advent

The First Sunday of Advent
Sunday 2nd December 2018

Today: 11am Holy Communion
Celebrant & Preacher: The Archbishop of Armagh
7pm Charity Carol Service
with Poyntzpass Silver Band

Wednesday: 10.30am Holy Communion

Next Sunday: 11am Toy Service
7pm Carols around the Tree
Carol singing at the Christmas tree in Tandragee

SCRIPTURE READINGS: Jeremiah 33:14-16 (OT page 675);
1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 (NT page 194; Reader: Mrs Beth Wortley);  Luke 21:25-26 (NT page 82).
HOLY COMMUNION: We are delighted to have the Archbishop of Armagh with us this morning as the celebrant and preacher at Holy Communion.

SCRIPTURE READINGS: Today being the first Sunday of Advent sees the start of the new Church year. It also means that we begin a new cycle of readings within the Revised Common Lectionary. This is now Year C, which means in our Gospel readings we will concentrate on St Luke’s account of the Gospel.

CHARITY CAROL SERVICE will take place this evening (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.

SELECT VESTRY will meet tomorrow evening (Monday 3rd) at 8pm in the Parish Room.

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

TOY SERVICE will take place next Sunday (9th December) at 11am and all the members of S-Club will be taking part. Could all the children please be in Church before 10.40am to allow time for everyone to get dressed in their costumes before the Service starts. Thanks. At S-Club we continue to teach the importance of sharing what we have with others and how it is more important to give than to receive at Christmas time. Each family within S-Club is asked to provide a gift worth no more than £10 which will be distributed among the children in care within the Southern Health and Social Care Trust area. The present should be unwrapped. These gifts make a huge difference to the young people in care at Christmas time.

CHURCH ATTENDANCE AWARDS will be presented next Sunday at the Toy Service to those children who completed their cards and submitted them in September.

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.

OPEN DOOR CLUB will meet on Thursday 13th December at 2pm in the Minor Hall for some Christmas music and mince pies. New members welcome.

MOTHERS’ UNION on Thursday 13th December will be a visit to “Alana Interiors” in Lurgan. Those who are going on the outing are asked to meet in the Church car park at 6.30pm. Thanks.

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.

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.

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.”

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