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Sunday 9th December – The Second Sunday of Advent

The Second Sunday of Advent
Sunday 9th December 2018

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

Wednesday: 10.30am Holy Communion

Next Sunday: 9am Holy Communion
11am Morning Prayer
(Epistle: Philippians 4:4-7; Reader: Mrs Marilyn Warren)
No Evening Service

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SCRIPTURE READINGS: Mark 1:1-8 (NT page 33);
Matthew 1:18-21 (NT page 1); Luke 2:1-14 (NT page 55).
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REFRESHMENTS will be served in the Parish Hall this morning immediately after the Toy Service. Everyone welcome.

TOY SERVICE: Our Junior Churchwardens this morning are Daniel Harris and Samantha Milligan and the collectors are Leon Roney, Peter Clarke, Beth McClelland and Freya Gamble. Church Attendance Awards will be presented this morning at the start of the Service to those children who completed their cards and submitted them in September.

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

CHARITY CAROL SERVICE Many thanks to all who came along last Sunday evening to the annual Charity Carol Service. Thanks to the members of Poyntzpass Silver Band, Tandragee Primary School Choir, the Parish Choir and the Revd Graham Spence who led the Service. After the Service, a cheque for £1000 was presented to Daphne Ritchie from the Williams Syndrome Foundation UK. Thank you to everyone for their support and generosity.

CHOIR PRACTICE: Wednesday evening at 8pm in Church for both the Parish Choir and Junior Choir.

S-CLUB: The Christmas Party for Pre-school to Junior High School will be held in the Parish Hall on Friday 14th December from 6.30pm – 8.00pm. Junior High School members who are going to the 10-Pin Bowling at Sheepsbridge on Saturday 15th December should meet at the Parish Hall at 6.15pm and we will return again at approximately 9.15 pm. We plan to stop at McDonalds Banbridge for something to eat on the way home from Sheepsbridge so please bring money to cover that.

S-CLUB will meet next Sunday morning as usual and then on Sunday 23rd December S-Club Members will be staying in Church to enjoy the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols Service. S-Club will then start back again on Sunday 6th January 2019.

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.

AFTERNOON OF MUSIC AND READINGS FOR SENIOR CITIZENS on Thursday 13th December from 1.30pm – 2.50pm in Tandragee Junior High School. Tea and mince pies will be served.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 w-jane@hotmail.co.uk 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 w-jane@hotmail.co.uk 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.

DECEMBER READERS
9th Toy Service
16th Mrs Marilyn Warren
23rd 9 Lessons & Carols
30th Graham Patterson

DECEMBER FLOWERS
Christmas Decorations