Friday, 19 January 2018

Pew Sheet 21st January 2018

St Dunstan’s Church, Monks Risborough
& St. Peter’s Chapel, Owlswick

Registered Charity Number: 1153869.

Part of the Risborough Team Ministry

www.stdunstanschurch.com

Vicar: The Revd. James Tomkins
01844 275944 (day off Tuesday)
jamestomkins@btinternet.com
The Rectory, Mill Lane, Monks Risborough, HP27 9JE

Churchwardens:
Charlie Fairall 07584 264573 crmfairall@yahoo.co.uk
Johanna Powell 01844 343996 johanna@powellathome.com

Welcome!
 
We hope you will appreciate worshipping here with us. Please take away our welcome leaflet on the table for all of our services and activities. The 10 o’clock club for babies, toddlers and children meet in the church hall. Coffee, squash, biscuits etc. will be served in the church today as we say farewell to Jane and Keith Gibbons.

Sunday 21st January

Third Sunday of Epiphany


God is waiting with blessings of abundance for those who are far off as well as those who are near. No one is to be denied this blessing in God’s kingdom.

10.00am Parish Communion

First Reading Genesis 14:17-20
This ancient text is one of hospitality and blessing on Abram, who is soon to become Abraham.

Second Reading Revelation 19:6-10
The blessing here is the marriage blessing, not just for the Lamb and the bride, but for all who worship God.

Gospel John 2:1-11
Another wedding and another blessing: this time it is water into wine, poverty into riches, exclusion into embrace.

Hymns 216, 367, 221
Psalm 128
Communion 374, 496, 66

3.00pm Service for the week of prayer for Christian Unity, Speen Baptist Chapel

3.00pm Communion service, Cherry Tree Nursing Home, Saunderton 


6.00pm Evensong

First Reading Jeremiah 3.21-4.2
Second Reading Titus 2.1-8, 11-14

Hymns 580, 625, 224
Psalm 33v1-8


Prayer of the Week
Your sovereign rule, O God, draws near to us in the person of Jesus your Son. Your word summons us to faith; your power transforms our lives. Free us to follow in Christ’s footsteps, so that neither human loyalty nor earthly attachment may hold us back from answering your call. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.

Your prayers are asked this week for:

  • The work of the National Health Service with the increasing demands placed upon it at this time
  • Co-operation and mutual understanding between different denominations highlighted in this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
  • Those affected by the collapse of the construction giant Carillion
  • The children and young adults held and abused by their parents in California
  • Lacey Green and Speen Parish Council
  • Peters Lane (MR) Forest Close and Gatensbury Place (PR)
  • Those who are in need in our parish:
    • Joan Ballance, Pam Johnson, David Argue
  • And also further afield for:
    • Alastair, Katy, Georgina Cole, Ginny Gibbs, Rob, Alex Chauhan, Cathy Owen, Gail, Moira Spence, Debbie Cadwallader
  • The recently departed:
    • Stella Walford, John Randall and Diana Mullens
  • Those whose anniversary of death falls at this time:
    • Dorothy Brock, Edward Ginno, Marion Reece, Oscar Tahmasebi

Please remember the charities that the parish supports
Christian Aid is an international development charity. We work with people, of all faiths and none, in around 50 countries, to eradicate poverty.  www.christianaid.org.uk

 

Notices


The Bethany House Group
The Bethany House Group meets at 10.30am on alternate Wednesdays at 76 Westmead, Monks Risborough. It is looking at “Jesus’ childhood” on January 24th and February 7th. Each week during Lent, starting on February 21st it will be following the ‘York Course’ called ‘On the third day’ written by the former Bishop of Oxford, John Pritchard that seeks to recapture the explosive power of the resurrection. If you would like to find out more please speak to Rose Williams (274225) or Jill Iredale (346488). All welcome.

‘Open House’ group at the Rectory
On Thursday January 25th at 7.30pm we’ll be looking at the Beatitudes as part of the Pilgrim Course. Recorded in Matthew’s Gospel at the start of the ‘Sermon on the Mount’, ‘The Beatitudes’ are probably the most important, subversive and revolutionary text in the Bible. They sum up Jesus’ teaching about what it means to live as a child in God’s kingdom. Everyone welcome.

Saturday January 27th National Gallery Tour
Those who have already booked are meeting in the foyer of the Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery at 11am for our hour's tour. If you are dropping out please tell Susanne Carr on 346827 susannecarr2168@aol.com  as there is a waiting list. 

Silent Prayer – Monday January 29th at 8 pm
We need silence to help us to get a proper perspective on our lives; to hear the still, small voice of God, and to refresh our inner being. Each meeting lasts about 45 minutes. James

Annual updating of Church membership (Electoral Roll)
We will be updating the membership list (electoral roll) of St. Dunstan’s and St. Peter’s between 21st January and 2nd March. If you are not yet a member and would like to come on to the electoral roll applications forms can be found at the back of the church/chapel during this time. A list of the current roll is in the porch. If you would like a form sent in the post or by email, or if you would like to be taken off the electoral roll, please contact Susanne (01844 342746 / susanned@onetel.com)

Lent starts on February 14th
As usual we’ll be marking Lent in a variety of ways. There will be a Parish Communion service on the first day of Lent (Ash Wednesday) at 8 pm and two types of booklets ‘Love life, live Lent’ (for both adults and children) and ‘Live Lent’ from Christian Aid are available on the table by the south door. The Bethany House Group (see above) is also running a course called ‘On the third day’. As and when I become aware of other opportunities to mark Lent, I will update this note. James

St Dunstan’s Flower Festival Spring Lectures
“Green & Pleasant Lands”
– A History of British Gardens from the Romans to the present day by Joanne Kidd on Wednesday 28th February 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. at Monks Risborough Church of England Primary School Cost £8
“The Tradescants” – Plant Collectors and Gardeners of the early 17th century by Joanne Kidd on Wednesday 21st March 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. at Monks Risborough Church of England Primary School. Cost £8.
Tickets from Sally’s Sewing Box, Duke Street, Princes Risborough, Jenny (01844 273838) or www.ticketsource.co.uk/st-dunstans-church
 
The South Door is feeling its age
The south door of the church (the internal door to the church) is 600 years old in parts and is beginning to feel its age. We have put some protective pads to help prevent damage to its hinges as it tends to swing open too freely and then bounce back off the wall. Please open the door carefully and try not to let it swing open unchecked. Thank you, James

‘Thank you’ from Pat and David
Pat wanted to pass on her thanks to everyone who has sent cards and messages of support after David was knocked over on the crossing on the A4010 outside Monks Risborough School. After a few recent setbacks David is making progress in the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. Limited visiting is now possible but please check with Pat first. James

Volunteer required for safeguarding co-ordinator
The PCC has a responsibility to ensure that children and vulnerable adults are well cared for during church activities. The safeguarding co-ordinator ensures that adults involved in these activities have had the appropriate checks carried out. It is primarily an administrative role that takes on average about two hours each month. If you are intersted in finding out more please speak to Anne White (346536) or James (275944).

PCC and Deanery Synod vacancies
If you would like to become a member of the Parochial Church Council (PCC) that meets 8/9 times a year on a Monday evening, please have a chat with James. The PCC is the forum through which key decisions are taken regarding future vision, the undertaking of repairs and improvements to church buildings, church finances etc. There is also a vacancy for the Deanery Synod which acts as a link between the local church and Diocese.  Again if you’re interested, please speak with James.

The Next Few Weeks 

The Church is open daily to visit from 9.30am–4.00pm
Morning Prayer takes place on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8.45am to 9.05am (except Bank Holidays). Everyone welcome

Mon 22nd Jan 1.00pm Service of Cremation for Stella Walford at Amersham
8.00pm PCC meeting
Tues 23rd Jan 9.15am Fellowship Walk (meet in the A4010 lay-by)
Wed 24th Jan 2.00pm Thanksgiving Service for John Randall
Thurs 25th Jan 9.30am Parish Communion
2.00pm Monks Monkeys (in church)
2.00pm Knitting group (church hall)
7.30pm ‘Open House’ at The Rectory
Sun 28th Jan 10.00am Parish Communion
3.00pm Owlswick Evensong
Mon 29th Jan 8.00am Silent Prayer Meeting (church hall)
Thurs 1st Feb 9.30am Holy Communion and Prayers for Healing 
2.00pm Monks Monkeys (church hall)
Sun 4th Feb 8.00am Holy Communion
10.00am All Age Family Communion and Baptism 
6.00pm Evensong
Thurs 8th Feb 9.30am Holy Communion
2.00pm Monks Monkeys (church hall)
2.30pm Thanksgiving Service for Diana Mullens
7.30pm Fellowship Meeting (church hall)
Sun 11th Feb 10.00am Parish Communion
11.15am WW1 Commemoration at the war memorial
11.30am Owlswick Holy Communion 6.00pm Evensong
Weds 14th Feb
Ash Wednesday
8.00pm Parish Communion and Imposition of Ashes

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Pew Sheet 7th and 14th January 2018

St Dunstan’s Church, Monks Risborough
& St. Peter’s Chapel, Owlswick

Registered Charity Number: 1153869.

Part of the Risborough Team Ministry

Vicar: The Revd. James Tomkins
01844 275944 (day off Tuesday)
jamestomkins@btinternet.com
The Rectory, Mill Lane, Monks Risborough, HP27 9JE

Churchwardens:
Charlie Fairall 07584 264573 crmfairall@yahoo.co.uk
Johanna Powell 01844 343996 johanna@powellathome.com

Welcome!

We hope you will appreciate worshipping here with us. Please take away our welcome leaflet on the table for all of our services and activities. Coffee and squash is served in the church hall after the 10.00am communion service. The 10 o’clock club for babies, toddlers and children meet in the church hall on Sunday January 14th at 10 am

 
Double Edition

Sunday 7th January

Epiphany

 

At Epiphany we rejoice that Jesus, the light of the world, has come among us. As once the wise men journeyed to pay homage and bring gifts to the new-born king, so let us now bow down to him and offer him our lives.

8.00am Holy Communion

First Reading: Isaiah 60.1-9,
Second Reading: Matthew 2.1-12


10.00am All Age Family Communion
Hymns: 724, 964, 243, 443, 525
Communion: 47, 861, 856, 67

6.00pm Evensong
 
First Reading: Isaiah 60.1-9
Second Reading: John 2.1-11
Hymns: 552, Psalm: 100, 656, 536

Prayer of the week:
Creator of the heavens, who led the Magi by a star to worship the Christ-child: guide and sustain us, that we may find our journey’s end in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Sunday 14th January

2nd Sunday of Epiphany


As we worship today, we think about how God calls people to meet Jesus and to spread the message of salvation and the coming of the kingdom. We give thanks that we have been called and pray for strength to pass the message on.


10.00am Parish Communion

First Reading 1 Samuel 3 v 1-10
God calls the boy Samuel to be a prophet at a time when God seems far from Israel.

Second Reading Revelation 5 v 1-10
John sees in a vision that Jesus is the only person who can break the seals and reveal God’s plan for the coming of the kingdom.

Gospel John 1 v 43-end
Jesus calls Philip, who calls Nathanael. They recognise Jesus as the long-awaited Son of God.

Hymns: 16, 12, 752
Psalm: 139.1-9
Communion: 674, 304, 929

11.30am Owlswick Holy Communion

Readings
: 1 Samuel 3 v 1-10, John 1 v 43-end

6.00pm Evensong

First Reading: Isaiah 60.9-end
Second Reading: Hebrews 6.17-7.10

Hymns: 673, 281, 188
Psalm: 96.1-9

Prayer of the Week:
From our earliest days, O God, you call us by name.
Make our ears attentive to your voice, our spirits eager to respond, that, having heard you in Jesus your anointed one, we may draw others to be his disciples. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.

Your prayers are asked this week for:


  • The work of the National Health Service with the increasing demands placed upon it at this time
  • The safeguarding of the natural world and the careful use of its resources
  • Those in the midst of famine and disaster
  • 7th New business ventures in the coming year and the employment opportunities these provide. 14th for the marriage industry and their contribution to happy days and life changing events.
  • 7th The Parish Council of Bledlow, Saunderton & Bledlow Ridge. Bledlow Cricket Club & Bledlow Reading Group. 14th Princes Risborough Town Council, Community and Residents’ Associations
  • 7th Chestnut Close (MR) Bell Lane & Bell Street (PR). 14th Kingsmead (MR) Centenary Cottages & Chestnut Way (L) Chiltern Close (PR)
  • Those who are in need in our parish:
    • Joan Ballance, Pam Johnson, David Argue, Diana Mullens  
  • And also further afield for:
    • Alastair, Katy, Georgina Cole, Ginny Gibbs, Rob, Alex Chauhan, Cathy Owen, Gail, Moira Spence, Debbie Cadwallader
  • The recently departed:
    • Stella Walford, David Dewick
  • Those whose anniversary of death falls at this time:
    • Dennis Eggleton, Doris Hill, Neil Campbell, Joan Gate, Jean Hoar, Bill Ballance

Please remember the charities that the parish supports:
Christian Aid is an international development charity. We work with people, of all faiths and none, in around 50 countries, to eradicate poverty. www.christianaid.org.uk

 

Notices

 

David Dewick (RIP)
David was a faithful member of the congregation and churchwarden here at St. Dunstan’s for 30 years before being ordained as a priest and becoming the vicar at Bledlow. His funeral will take place on Saturday 20th January at St Margaret’s Church, Reydon, IP18 6PB at 11.30 with refreshments afterwards at The Five Bells, Wrentham, NR34 7JF. All are welcome but it would be helpful if you could let Ros and Peter Haigh (01844 344166) know that you are going so that they can advise the family regarding the expected numbers for catering purposes

 ‘Pop Up’ Cinema: Jungle Book (PG)
The visually breath taking retelling of the story of Mowgli on a journey of self-discovery with Bagheera, Baloo, Shere Khan etc. will be shown in St. Dunstan’s church on Saturday January 20th at 5 pm. Tickets available on the door. Adults (£3), accompanied children (£1). Bring your own drinks/snacks. For more information contact Johanna Powell 01844 343996

The South Door is feeling its age
The south door of the church (the internal door to the church) is 600 years old in parts and is beginning to feel its age. We have put some protective pads to help prevent damage to its hinges as it tends to swing open too freely and then bounce back off the wall. Please open the door carefully and try not to let it swing open unchecked. Thank you, James

Newsletter
Copy date for entries for the next Newsletter is 10th January.  Please send entries to John Mckay at penserve@gmail.com or Morna Hinch at morna.hinch@btinternet.com

Saturday January 27th National Gallery Tour
Those who have already booked are meeting in the foyer of the Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery at 11am for our hour's tour. If you are dropping out please tell Susanne Carr on 346827 susannecarr2168@aol.com  as there is a waiting list. 

The Next Few Weeks 


The Church is open daily to visit from 9.30am–4.00pm
Morning Prayer will take place on January 11th and 18th before resuming its normal pattern of Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8.45am to 9.05am (except Bank Holidays). Everyone welcome
Thurs 11th Jan 9.30am Holy Communion
10.30an Fellowship Coffee Morning at 62 Manor Park Avenue
11.00am WW1 Commemoration (war memorial)
2.00pm Monks Monkeys
Sat 13th Jan Flower Arrangers Induction (am)
Sun 14th Jan 10.00am Parish Communion
11.30am Owlswick Holy Communion
6.00pm Evensong
Wed 17th Jan 2.30pm Friendship Group (church hall)
Thurs 18th Jan 9.30am Holy Communion
2.00pm Monks Monkeys (church hall)
Sat 20th Jan 11.30am Funeral of David Dewick at St. Margaret’s Church Reydon (see notices)
5.00pm Film Night – Jungle Book (see notices)
Sun 21st Jan 10.00am Parish Communion 
3.00pm Service for the week of prayer for Christian Unity, Speen Baptist Chapel
6.00pm Evensong
Mon 22nd Jan 1.00pm Service of Cremation for Stella Walford at Amersham
8.00pm PCC meeting
Tues 23rd Jan 9.15am Fellowship Walk (meet in the A4010 lay-by)
Thurs 25th Jan 9.30am Parish Communion
2.00pm Monks Monkeys (in church)
2.00pm Knitting group (church hall)
7.30pm ‘Open House’ at The Rectory
Sun 28th Jan 10.00am Parish Communion
3.00pm Owlswick Evensong
Mon 29th Jan 8.00am Silent Prayer Meeting (church hall)
Thurs 1st Feb 9.30am Holy Communion and Prayers for Healing
2.00pm Monks Monkeys (church hall)
Sun 4th Feb 8.00am Holy Communion
10.00am All Age Family Communion and Baptism
6.00pm Evensong
Thurs 8th Feb 9.30am Holy Communion
2.00pm Monks Monkeys (church hall)
7.30pm Fellowship Meeting (church hall)
Sun 11th Feb 10.00am Parish Communion
11.15am WW1 Commemoration at the war memorial
11.30am Owlswick Holy Communion 6.00pm Evensong
Weds 14th Feb
Ash Wednesday
8.00pm Parish Communion and Imposition of Ashes

Friday, 29 December 2017

Pew Sheet 31st December 2017

St Dunstan’s Church, Monks Risborough
& St. Peter’s Chapel, Owlswick

Registered Charity Number: 1153869.

Part of the Risborough Team Ministry


Vicar: The Revd. James Tomkins
01844 275944 (day off Tuesday)
jamestomkins@btinternet.com
The Rectory, Mill Lane, Monks Risborough, HP27 9JE

Churchwardens:
Charlie Fairall 07584 264573 crmfairall@yahoo.co.uk
Johanna Powell 01844 343996 johanna@powellathome.com


Welcome!
 
We hope you will appreciate worshipping here with us. Please take away our welcome leaflet on the table for all of our services and activities. There are colouring sheets and books in the corner of the church for children to enjoy during the service

Sunday 31st December 2017

First Sunday of Christmas


We come together this Christmas season to worship God and to give thanks for our new life and hope through the birth of our saviour, Jesus Christ.

10.00am Parish Communion

First Reading Isaiah 61.10-62.3
The prophet proclaims his vision of certain salvation and a great nation restored.

Second Reading Galatians 4.4-7
The Jews were slaves to the Law, but God sent Jesus to offer release from slavery.

Gospel Luke 2.15-21
News of Jesus’ birth is given first to lowly shepherds, who travel to Bethlehem to see the saviour for themselves and then spread the good news.

Hymns 94, 700, 729, 242
Communion 701, 326, 588

6.00pm Evensong
First Reading Jeremiah 23.1-6
Second Reading Colossians 2.8-15
Hymns 240, 645, 641
Psalm 148

Prayer of the Week
O God, you cradle us at the beginning of life and embrace us at our journeys end, for you love us as your own. Bind our families together and deepen our faith, that, like the Holy Family of Nazareth, we may grow in wisdom, obedient to your word. We ask this through Jesus Christ, your Word made flesh, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, in the splendour of eternal light, God for ever and ever. Amen.



Your prayers are asked this week for:

  • Those killed or injured in the suicide bomb attack in Kabul and fire in New York  
  • The safety of those travelling or walking about in wintry/icy conditions.
  • Refugees and migrants travelling from dangerous and difficult places and those who are homeless or sleeping rough in this country
  • The council of voluntary services, giving thanks for the millions of volunteers in our nation.
  • Police, Fire fighters, Paramedics, Ambulance Crew and other emergency and support workers
  • Those who are in need in our parish:
    • Joan Ballance, Pam Johnson, David Argue
  • And also further afield for:
    • Alastair, Katy, Georgina Cole, Ginny Gibbs, Rob, Alex Chauhan, Cathy Owen, Gail, David Dewick, Moira Spence, Debbie Cadwallader
  • The recently departed:
    • Stella Walford, Anna Kibble
  • Those whose anniversary of death falls at this time:
    • Shelagh Bartlett, Doug Crabbe, Richard Farrelly, Phil Bowell, Peter Cole
Please remember the charities that the parish supports
Bucks Historic Churches Trust provides grants to help maintain churches in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes.  www.bucks-historic-churches.org

 

Notices

 

Coffee and Mince Pies at the Rectory
As in the past everyone is invited for coffee and mince pies at The Rectory after the 10.00am Communion service on Sunday December 31st. Even if you don’t come to the service you are very welcome!

Candlelight Concert: Saturday 6th January at 7.00 pm
The Chandos Ensemble returns to present an evening of string music to mark 12th night/Epiphany including Corelli’s ‘Christmas Concerto’ and Boccherini’s Cello Concerto in B flat. Tickets are available from Johanna Powell (01844 343996) or www.ticketsource.co.uk/st-dunstans-church or on the door: adults £8 (accompanied children £3). There will be a complimentary drink and prize raffle. If you can help display a poster or distribute some flyers please put your name on the list against one or more roads that you wish to cover and take some flyers. Thank you. James

Double edition of the pew sheet
There will be a combined edition of the pew sheet for January 7th/14th. Please can you submit notices earlier than usual and keep them shorter if you can as space may be limite,

‘Pop Up’ Cinema: Jungle Book (PG)
The visually breath taking retelling of the story of Mowgli on a journey of self-discovery with Bagheera, Baloo, Shere Khan etc. will be shown in St. Dunstan’s church on Saturday January 20th at 5 pm. Tickets available on the door. Adults (£3), accompanied children (£1). Bring your own drinks/snacks. For more information contact Johanna Powell 01844 343996.

Colds, coughs…
Polite reminder – so that we all stay as healthy as possible, if you have a cold etc. please ask the priest to dip your wafer into the communion cup (known as intinction) to reduce the risk of spreading germs. Thank you. James

The South Door is feeling its age

The south door of the church (the internal door to the church) is 600 years old in parts and is beginning to feel its age. We have put some protective pads to help prevent damage to its hinges as it tends to swing open too freely and then bounce back off the wall. Please open the door carefully and try not to let it swing open unchecked. Thank you, James
  

The Next Few Weeks  

 

The Church is open daily to visit from 9.30am–4.00pm
Morning Prayer will take place on January 3rd, 4th, 11th and 18th before resuming its normal pattern of Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8.45am to 9.05am (except Bank Holidays). Everyone welcome


Sun 31st Dec 10.00.am Parish Communion, followed by coffee and mince pies at The Rectory (see notices)
6.00pm Evensong
Wed 3rd Jan 2.00pm Funeral of Anna Kibble
Thurs 4th Jan 9.30am Holy Communion & Prayers for healing
2.00pm Monks Monkeys restarts
Sat 6th Jan 7.00pm Candlelight Concert (see notices)
Sun 7th Jan Epiphany 8.00am Holy Communion
10.00am All Age Family Communion
6.00pm Evensong
Thurs 11th Jan 9.30am Holy Communion
10.30an Fellowship Coffee Morning at 62 Manor Park Avenue
11.00am WW1 Commemoration (war memorial)
2.00pm Monks Monkeys
Sun 14th Jan 10.00am Parish Communion
11.30am Owlswick Holy Communion 6.00pm Evensong
Wed 17th Jan 2.30pm Friendship Group (church hall)
Thurs 18th Jan 9.30am Holy Communion
2.00pm Monks Monkeys (church hall)
Sat 20th Jan 5.00pm Film Night – Jungle Book (see notices)
Sun 21st Jan 10.00am Parish Communion 
3.00pm Service for the week of prayer for Christian Unity, Speen Baptist Chapel
6.00pm Evensong
Mon 22nd Jan 8.00pm PCC meeting
Tues 23rd Jan 9.15am Fellowship Walk (meet in the A4010 lay-by
Thurs 25th Jan 9.30am Parish Communion
2.00pm Monks Monkeys (in church)
2.00pm Knitting group (church hall)
7.30pm ‘Open House’ at The Rectory
Sun 28th Jan 10.00am Parish Communion
3.00pm Owlswick Evensong
Mon 29th Jan 8.00pm Silent Prayer Meeting (church hall)
Thurs 1st Feb 9.30am Holy Communion and Prayers for Healing
2.00pm Monks Monkeys (church hall)
Sun 4th Feb 8.00am Holy Communion
10.00am Family Communion and Baptism
6.00pm Evensong

Friday, 22 December 2017

Pew Sheet 24th December 2017

St Dunstan’s Church, Monks Risborough
& St. Peter’s Chapel, Owlswick

Registered Charity Number: 1153869.

Part of the Risborough Team Ministry

www.stdunstanschurch.com

Vicar: The Revd. James Tomkins
01844 275944 (day off Tuesday)
jamestomkins@btinternet.com
The Rectory, Mill Lane, Monks Risborough, HP27 9JE

Churchwardens:
Charlie Fairall 07584 264573 crmfairall@yahoo.co.uk
Johanna Powell 01844 343996 johanna@powellathome.com

Welcome!

We hope you will appreciate worshipping here with us. Please take away our welcome leaflet on the table for all of our services and activities. Colouring sheets and books are available in the children’s corner

Sunday 24th December

Fourth Sunday of Advent/Christmas Eve


This Christmas Eve we remember that Christ’s birth is a fulfilment of Old Testament promises and a sign of God’s faithfulness. Today is also the Fourth Sunday of Advent, when we remember that Christ will return again.
10.00am Parish Communion
Readings:
2 Samuel 7.1-11 & 16, Romans 16.25-end, Luke 1.26-38
Hymns: 406, 634, 605, 631
Communion: 77, 427, 381

3.00pm Crib Service

6.00pm Village Carol Service

11:30pm Midnight Communion
Readings:
Isaiah 9.2, 6 & 7; Hebrews 1 v 1-4, Luke 2.1-7
Hymns: 508, 148, 330, 479
Communion: 321, 597, 399, 701

Prayer of the week:
Here in our midst, O God of mystery, you disclose the secret hidden for countless ages. For you we wait; for you we listen. Upon hearing you voice may we, like Mary, embrace your will and become a dwelling fit for your Word. Grant this through him whose coming is certain, whose day draws near: your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.

Monday 25th December

Christmas Day


Today we remember with joy the birth of Christ, God living among and with us, the child in the cradle opening his arms wide to embrace us with unrestrained love.

8.00am Holy Communion
First Reading Isaiah 62 v 6-end
Second Reading Luke 2 v 1-7    

10:00am All Age Family Communion
Readings
: Luke 2.8-20
Hymns: 745, 964, 776, 229, 266
Communion: 93, 588, 508, 861

Your prayers are asked this week for:

  • Peace, justice and reconciliation in the Holy Land
  • Charities that bring gifts to those who are in need, especially Crisis and their Christmas shelters.
  • All those who have to work over the holiday season to provide the essential services or who give up their own time to bring joy to others.
  • Red Lion Lane & Salisbury Close (PR) Coleheath Bottom, Dairymeade & Laurel Close (Sp) Sawmill Road (L)
  • Those who are in need in our parish:
    • Joan Ballance, Pam Johnson
  • And also further afield for:
    • Alastair, Katy, Georgina Cole, Ginny Gibbs, Rob, Alex Chauhan, Cathy Owen, Gail, David Dewick, Moira Spence, Debbie Cadwallader
  • The recently departed:
    • Stella Walford, Anna Kibble
  • Those whose anniversary of death falls at this time:
    • Geoff Stevens, Bob Reece, Philip Kelleway, Peter Carmody, Geoffrey Copcutt,
      Elizabeth Spittles
Please remember the charities that the parish supports:
The Bucks Historic Churches Trust provides grants to help maintain churches in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes.  www.bucks-historic-churches.org

 

Notices


#Godwithus: Your Christmas Journey

December may be a time of year when moments of peace and quiet are in short supply. #Godwith us: Your Christmas Journey is designed to help you make the most of such moments whenever you can. It offers thirteen short and simple reflections to help you explore the message of so many Christmas readings and carols – that God is with us. Please take a free booklet from the table or sign up and get your friends and family to join the Your Christmas Journey reflections by texting GodWithUs to 88802 or visiting www.churchofengland.org/Christmas. James

Coffee and Mince Pies at the Rectory

As in the past everyone is invited for coffee and mince pies at The Rectory after the 10.00am Communion service on Sunday December 31st. Even if you don’t come to the service you are very welcome!

Candlelight Concert: Saturday 6th January at 7.00 pm
The Chandos Ensemble returns to present an evening of string music to mark 12th night/Epiphany including Corelli’s ‘Christmas Concerto’ and Boccherini’s Cello Concerto in B flat. Tickets are available from Johanna Powell (01844 343996) or www.ticketsource.co.uk/st-dunstans-church or on the door: adults £8 (accompanied children £3). There will be a complimentary drink and prize raffle. If you can help display a poster or distribute some flyers please put your name on the list against one or more roads that you wish to cover and take some flyers. Thank you. James 
  

Double edition of the pew sheet
There will be a combined edition of the pew sheet for January 7th/14th. Please can you submit notices earlier than usual and keep them shorter if you can as space may be limited.

‘Pop Up’ Cinema: Jungle Book (PG)
The visually breath taking retelling of the story of Mowgli on a journey of self-discovery with Bagheera, Baloo, Shere Khan etc. will be shown in St. Dunstan’s church on Saturday January 20th at 5 pm. Tickets available on the door. Adults (£3), accompanied children (£1). Bring your own drinks/snacks. For more information contact Johanna Powell 01844 343996.

Colds, coughs…
Polite reminder – so that we all stay as healthy as possible, if you have a cold etc. please ask the priest to dip your wafer into the communion cup (known as intinction) to reduce the risk of spreading germs. Thank you. James.

Stretching Classes

Susanne Carr writes: A fantastic new stretching class takes place in the White Cross Hall on Wednesdays 9.30 - 10.30am, £6 pay as you go, no signing up. The first-rate teacher gives individual care and attention, combining Yoga, Pilates and stretching, all controlled, gentle and slow. Bring a mat and see how your flexibility improves!

The Next Few Weeks 

The Church is open daily to visit from 9.30am–4.00pm
Morning Prayer takes place on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8.45am to 9.05am (except Bank Holidays). Everyone welcome

Thurs 28th Dec 9.30am Holy Communion
Sun 31st Dec 10.00.am Parish Communion, followed by coffee and mince pies at The Rectory (see notices)
6.00pm Evensong
Wed 3rd Jan 2.00pm Funeral of Anna Kibble
Thurs 4th Jan 9.30am Holy Communion & Prayers for healing
2.00pm Monks Monkeys restarts
Sat 6th Jan 7.00pm Candlelight Concert (see notices)
Sun 7th Jan Epiphany 8.00am Holy Communion
10.00am All Age Family Communion
6.00pm Evensong
Thurs 11th Jan 9.30am Holy Communion
10.30an Fellowship Coffee Morning at 62 Manor Park Avenue
11.00am WW1 Commemoration (war memorial)
2.00pm Monks Monkeys
Sun 14th Jan 10.00am Parish Communion
11.30am Owlswick Holy Communion 6.00pm Evensong
Wed 17th Jan 2.30pm Friendship Group (church hall)
Thurs 18th Jan 9.30am Holy Communion
2.00pm Monks Monkeys (church hall)
Sat 20th Jan 5.00pm Film Night – Jungle Book (see notices)
Sun 21st Jan 10.00am Parish Communion 
3.00pm Service for the week of prayer for Christian Unity, Speen Baptist Chapel
6.00pm Evensong
Mon 22nd Jan 8.00pm PCC meeting
Tues 23rd Jan 9.15am Fellowship Walk
(meet in the A4010 lay-by)
Thurs 25th Jan 9.30am Parish Communion
2.00pm Monks Monkeys (in church)
2.00pm Knitting group (church hall)

Friday, 15 December 2017

Pew Sheet 17th December 2017

St Dunstan’s Church, Monks Risborough
& St. Peter’s Chapel, Owlswick

Registered Charity Number: 1153869.

Part of the Risborough Team Ministry

www.stdunstanschurch.com

Vicar: The Revd. James Tomkins
01844 275944 (day off Tuesday)
jamestomkins@btinternet.com
The Rectory, Mill Lane, Monks Risborough, HP27 9JE

Churchwardens:
Charlie Fairall 07584 264573 crmfairall@yahoo.co.uk
Johanna Powell 01844 343996 johanna@powellathome.com


Welcome!
 
We hope you will appreciate worshipping here with us. Please take away our welcome leaflet on the table for all of our services and activities. The 10 o’clock club for children meets in the church hall where coffee and squash is served after the 10.00am communion service.

Sunday 17th December 2017

Third Sunday of Advent


We hear the advice of the apostle Paul: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances.” As we wait for the coming of the Lord, let us come before God with our prayers and praises.


10.00am Parish Communion
First Reading Isaiah 61:1-4 & 8-end
God promises a joyful restoration and a time of prosperity and peace.

Second Reading 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
St Paul urges believers to be ready for the coming of Christ.

Gospel John 1:6-8. 19-28
John the Baptist speaks of the one who is to come, whose way he prepares.

Psalm: Magnificat
Hymns 57, 527, 405
Communion 182, 932 & 633
Anthem: Advent Message by Martin How

3.00pm Owlswick Carol Service

6.00pm Nine Lessons and Carols


Prayer of the Week
O God, most high and most near, you send glad tidings to the lowly, you hide not your face from the poor; those who dwell in darkness you call into the light. Take away our blindness, remove the hardness of our hearts, and form us into a humble people, that, at the advent of your Son, we may recognise him in our midst and find joy in his saving presence, We ask this through him whose coming is certain, whose day draws near: your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.


Your prayers are asked this week for:

  • Victims of the Grenfell Tower fire and others who have died in tragic or unexpected circumstances this year
  • Rohingya Muslims and others who continue to face persecution or life as a refugee
  • Amnesty International and their campaigns on behalf of prisoners of conscience
  • Those who are homeless or suffering from housing stress. Those unable to afford housing in this area.
  • Park Street (PR) Chapel Hill (Speen)
  • Those who are in need in our parish:
    • Joan Ballance, Pam Johnson
  • And also further afield for:
    • Alastair, Katy, Georgina Cole, Ginny Gibbs, Rob, Alex Chauhan, Cathy Owen, Gail, David Dewick, Moira Spence
  • The recently departed:
  • Those whose anniversary of death falls at this time:
    • Peter Hoar, Alan Borzone
Please remember the charities that the parish supports:
The Bucks Historic Churches Trust provides grants to help maintain churches in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes.  www.bucks-historic-churches.org

 

Notices

 

Christingle Service
Very many thanks to everyone who contributed to our Christingle Pop up Factory. A special mention to two elves that have been making Christingles for 28 years! Thank you also to everyone who came along to the service itself with £450 being raised for the work of the Children’s Society. Well done everybody.

Advent Fair
Thank you to everyone involved in making this a hugely enjoyable and successful occasion. There was a steady flow of people throughout the morning and £900 was been raised for church funds.

#Godwithus: Your Christmas Journey
December may be a time of year when moments of peace and quiet are in short supply. #Godwith us: Your Christmas Journey is designed to help you make the most of such moments whenever you can. It offers thirteen short and simple reflections to help you explore the message of so many Christmas readings and carols – that God is with us. Please take a free booklet from the table or sign up and get your friends and family to join the Your Christmas Journey reflections by texting GodWithUs to 88802 or visiting www.churchofengland.org/Christmas. James

Carol Service at Cherry Tree Nursing Home
A number of people have supported the Holy Communion service at Cherry Tree Nursing Home on the 3rd Sunday of the month. On December 17th at 3 pm there will be a short carol service instead. If you would like to do one of the readings please contact Rev Tony Bundock 01844 347741 or tony.bundock49@gmail.com

Carol Singing around the village

On Thursday December 21st meeting in St. Dunstan’s Church at 6.00 pm everyone is invited to come carol singing around the village with the church choir to help raise money for charity. Afterwards refreshments will be served. If you enjoy singing please come along – singers of all standards are welcome!

Coffee and Mince Pies at the Rectory

As in the past everyone is invited for coffee and mince pies at The Rectory after the 10.00am Communion service on Sunday December 31st. Even if you don’t come to the service you are very welcome!

Candlelight Concert: Saturday 6th January at 7.00 pm
The Chandos Ensemble returns to present an evening of string music to mark 12th night/Epiphany including Corelli’s ‘Christmas Concerto’ and Boccherini’s Cello Concerto in B flat. Tickets are available from Johanna Powell (01844 343996) or www.ticketsource.co.uk/st-dunstans-church or on the door: adults £8 (accompanied children £3). There will be a complimentary drink and prize raffle. If you can help display a poster or distribute some flyers please put your name on the list against one or more roads that you wish to cover and take some flyers. Thank you. James

 ‘Pop Up’ Cinema: Jungle Book (PG)
The visually breath taking retelling of the story of Mowgli on a journey of self-discovery with Bagheera, Baloo, Shere Khan etc. will be shown in St. Dunstan’s church on Saturday January 20th at 5 pm. Tickets available on the door. Adults (£3), accompanied children (£1). Bring your own drinks/snacks. For more information contact Johanna Powell 01844 343996.

Colds, coughs…
Polite reminder – so that we all stay as healthy as possible, if you have a cold etc. please ask the priest to dip your wafer into the communion cup (known as intinction) to reduce the risk of spreading germs. Thank you. James

Stretching Classes

Susanne Carr writes: A fantastic new stretching class takes place in the White Cross Hall on Wednesdays 9.30 - 10.30am, £6 pay as you go, no signing up. The first-rate teacher gives individual care and attention, combining Yoga, Pilates and stretching, all controlled, gentle and slow. Bring a mat and see how your flexibility improves!

The Next Few Weeks 


The Church is open daily to visit from 9.30am–4.00pm
Morning Prayer takes place on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8.45am to 9.05am (except Bank Holidays). Everyone welcome

Mon 18th Dec 9.30am Monks Risborough School Christmas Service
Tues 19th Dec 9.30am Monks Risborough School Christmas Service
Wed 20th Dec 2.30pm Friendship Group (church hall)
Thurs 21st Dec 9.30am Holy Communion
6.00pm Village Carol singing – all welcome (see notices)
Sun 24th Dec Fourth Sunday of Advent
Christmas Eve
10.00am Parish Communion
3.00pm Crib Service
6.00pm Village Carol Service
11.30pm First Communion of Christmas
Mon 25th Dec Christmas Day 8.00am Holy Communion (BCP)
10.00am Family Communion
Thurs 28th Dec 9.30am Holy Communion
Sun 31st Dec 10.00.am Parish Communion, followed by coffee and mince pies at The Rectory (see notices)
6.00pm Evensong
Thurs 4th Jan 9.30am Holy Communion & Prayers for healing
2.00pm Monks Monkeys restarts
Sat 6th Jan 7.00pm Candlelight Concert (see notices)
Sun 7th Jan Epiphany 8.00am Holy Communion
10.00am All Age Family Communion
6.00pm Evensong
Thurs 11th Jan 9.30am Holy Communion
Fellowship Coffee Morning at 62 Manor Park Avenue, P. Risborough
2.00pm Monks Monkeys
Sun 14th Jan 10.00am Parish Communion        11.30am Owlswick Holy Communion 6.00pm Evensong
Wed 17th Jan 2.30pm Friendship Group (church hall)
Thurs 18th Jan 9.30am Holy Communion
2.00pm Monks Monkeys (church hall)
Sat 20th Jan 5.00pm Film Night – Jungle Book (see notices)
Sun 21st Jan 10.00am Parish Communion
6.00pm Evensong
Mon 22nd Jan 8.00pm PCC meeting
Tues 23rd Jan 9.15am Fellowship Walk (meet in the A4010 lay-by)
Thurs 25th Jan 9.30am Parish Communion
2.00pm Monks Monkeys (in church)
2.00pm Knitting group (church hall)

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Pew Sheet 10th December 2017

St Dunstan’s Church, Monks Risborough
& St. Peter’s Chapel, Owlswick

Registered Charity Number: 1153869.

Part of the Risborough Team Ministry

www.stdunstanschurch.com

Vicar: The Revd. James Tomkins
01844 275944 (day off Tuesday)
jamestomkins@btinternet.com
The Rectory, Mill Lane, Monks Risborough, HP27 9JE

Churchwardens:
Charlie Fairall 07584 264573 crmfairall@yahoo.co.uk
Johanna Powell 01844 343996 johanna@powellathome.com


Welcome!
 
We hope you will appreciate worshipping here with us. Please take away our welcome leaflet on the table for all of our services and activities. The 10 o’clock club for children meets in the church hall where coffee and squash is served after the 10.00am communion service.

Sunday 10th December 2017

Second Sunday of Advent


Mark’s Gospel begins with a bold announcement of good news that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. The readings and prayers today invite us to share that same excitement in the transforming power of Christ and to live, as well as proclaim, the good news.


10.00am Parish Communion

First Reading Isaiah 40:1-11
Most scholars see this as the beginning of a new section in Isaiah, written to God’s people in exile. The words offer comfort and assurance that God, having judged them, will save them

Second Reading 2 Peter 3:8-15a
The author addresses a real concern in the early Church: Jesus had not returned. God’s time is different from human time, and the passage offers instruction about how to live as we wait.

Gospel Mark 1:1-8
Mark does not have a lengthy narrative of Jesus’ birth. Instead, he plunges into the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. Everything that follows in his Gospel is an explanation of his vibrant opening.

Hymns 128, 480, 282
Psalm 85
Communion 949, 263, 399
Anthem: Advent Message (Martin How)

11:30am Owlswick Holy Communion
 
First Reading Isaiah 40.1-11

Gospel Mark 1.1-8

6:00pm Evensong

First Reading 1 Kings 22.1-28

Second Reading Romans 15.4-13

Hymns 265, 447, 128
Psalm 40:14-21

Prayer of the Week
With tender comfort and transforming power you come into our midst, O God of mercy and might. Make ready a way in the wilderness, clear a straight path in our hearts, and form us into a repentant people, that the advent of your Son may find us watchful and eager for the glory he reveals. We ask this through him whose coming is certain, whose day draws near: your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.


Your prayers are asked this week for:

  • Peace in the Middle East following President Trump’s controversial policy shift
  • The safety and wellbeing of those who are susceptible to the dangers of cold and snowy weather
  • Britain and Europe in the next stages of negotiations regarding Brexit
  • The mission, ministry and congregational life of the Methodist Church, Princes Risborough
  • Walkers Road and Walnut Crescent (L) Cross Lane and Hinton Crossing (B)
  • Those who are in need in our parish:
    • Joan Ballance, Pam Johnson
  • And also further afield for:
    • Alastair, Katy, Georgina Cole, Ginny Gibbs, Rob, Alex Chauhan, Cathy Owen, Gail, David Dewick, Moira Spence
  • The recently departed:
  • Those whose anniversary of death falls at this time:
    • Pat Kimber, Rowland Hill, Audrey Stonell, Audrey Astley-Cooper
Please remember the charities that the parish supports:
The Bucks Historic Churches Trust provides grants to help maintain churches in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes.  www.bucks-historic-churches.org

 

Notices

 

Christingle Service
Very many thanks to everyone who contributed to our Christingle Pop up Factory. A special mention to two elves that have been making Christingles for 28 years! Thank you also to everyone who came along to the service itself with £450 being raised for the work of the Children’s Society. Well done everybody.

#Godwithus: Your Christmas Journey
December may be a time of year when moments of peace and quiet are in short supply. #Godwith us: Your Christmas Journey is designed to help you make the most of such moments whenever you can. It offers thirteen short and simple reflections to help you explore the message of so many Christmas readings and carols – that God is with us. Please take a free booklet from the table or sign up and get your friends and family to join the Your Christmas Journey reflections by texting GodWithUs to 88802 or visiting www.churchofengland.org/Christmas. James

Advent Fair
Thank you to everyone involved in making this a hugely enjoyable and successful occasion. There was a steady flow of people throughout the morning and £900 was been raised for church funds.

Silent Prayer – Monday December 11th at 8 pm
We need silence to help us to get a proper perspective on our lives; to hear the still, small voice of God, and to refresh our inner being. Each meeting lasts about 45 minutes. James

Fellowship Cheese and Wine Christmas Party
This takes place on December 14th at 8.00pm in the church hall. This includes some carol-singing, a festive quiz and only costs £3. Everyone is very welcome.

Carol Service at Cherry Tree Nursing Home
A number of people have supported the Holy Communion service at Cherry Tree Nursing Home on the 3rd Sunday of the month. On December 17th at 3 pm there will be a short carol service instead. If you would like to do one of the readings please contact Rev Tony Bundock 01844 347741 or tony.bundock49@gmail.com
 
Carol Singing around the village
On Thursday December 21st meeting in St. Dunstan’s Church at 6.00 pm everyone is invited to come carol singing around the village with the church choir to help raise money for charity. Afterwards refreshments will be served. If you enjoy singing please come along – singers of all standards are welcome!

Coffee and Mince Pies at the Rectory

As in the past everyone is invited for coffee and mince pies at The Rectory after the 10.00am Communion service on Sunday December 31st. Even if you don’t come to the service you are very welcome!
National Gallery Tour – Saturday 27th January 11 am
This has already ‘sold out’. If you would be interested in booking a place on another tour, please let Susanne Carr know 346827 or susannecarr2168@aol.com as a second tour will be organised. James

Colds, coughs…
Polite reminder – so that we all stay as healthy as possible, if you have a cold etc. please ask the priest to dip your wafer into the communion cup (known as intinction) to reduce the risk of spreading germs. Thank you. James

Stretching Classes

Susanne Carr writes: A fantastic new stretching class takes place in the White Cross Hall on Wednesdays 9.30 - 10.30am, £6 pay as you go, no signing up. The first-rate teacher gives individual care and attention, combining Yoga, Pilates and stretching, all controlled, gentle and slow. Bring a mat and see how your flexibility improves!

The Next Few Weeks  

 

The Church is open daily to visit from 9.30am–4.00pm
Morning Prayer takes place on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8.45am to 9.05am (except Bank Holidays). Everyone welcome

Mon 11th Dec 11.00am WW1 Act of Commemoration at the war memorial
8.00pm Silent prayer (church hall)
Wed 13th Dec 8.00pm Chinnor Silver Band concert (sold out)
Thurs 14th Dec 9.30am Holy Communion
2.00pm Monks Monkeys (church hall) – restarts on January 4th
8.00pm Fellowship Christmas Party (see notices)
Sat 16th Dec  9.00am Decoration of Christmas Tree
Sun 17th Dec Third Sunday of Advent 10.00am Parish Communion
3.00pm Owlswick Carol Service
6.00pm Nine Lessons and Carols
Mon 18th Dec 9.30am Monks Risborough School Christmas Service
Tues 19th Dec 9.30am Monks Risborough School Christmas Service
Wed 20th Dec 2.30pm Friendship Group (church hall)
Thurs 21st Dec 9.30am Holy Communion
6.00pm Village Carol singing – all welcome (see notices)
Sun 24th Dec Fourth Sunday of Advent
Christmas Eve
10.00am Parish Communion
3.00pm Crib Service
6.00pm Village Carol Service
11.30pm First Communion of Christmas
Mon 25th Dec Christmas Day 8.00am Holy Communion (BCP)
10.00am Family Communion
Thurs 28th Dec 9.30am Holy Communion
Sun 31st Dec 10.00.am Parish Communion, followed by coffee and mince pies at The Rectory (see notices)
6.00pm Evensong
Thurs 4th Jan 9.30am Holy Communion & Prayers for healing
2.00pm Monks Monkeys restarts
Sun 7th Jan Epiphany 8.00am Holy Communion
10.00am Family Communion
6.00pm Evensong

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Pew Sheet 3rd December 2017

St Dunstan’s Church, Monks Risborough
& St. Peter’s Chapel, Owlswick

Registered Charity Number: 1153869.

Part of the Risborough Team Ministry
 
Vicar: The Revd. James Tomkins
01844 275944 (day off Tuesday)
jamestomkins@btinternet.com
The Rectory, Mill Lane, Monks Risborough, HP27 9JE

Churchwardens:
Charlie Fairall 07584 264573 crmfairall@yahoo.co.uk
Johanna Powell 01844 343996 johanna@powellathome.com

Welcome!
We hope you will appreciate worshipping here with us. Please take away our welcome leaflet on the table for all of our services and activities. Coffee and squash is served in the church hall after the 10.00am Christingle service.

Sunday 3rd December 2017

First Sunday of Advent


Today is the first Sunday of Advent, the beginning of the Church’s year. Today we begin the season of anticipation and preparation for the coming of our saviour, Jesus Christ.

8:00am Holy Communion
First Reading Micah 4.1-4 & 6-7
Gospel Matthew 21.1-13

10.00am Christingle Service (without Communion)
Hymns: 108, 839, Candle in the window 666, 901, 845, 932, 419

6.00pm Churches Together in Risborough Advent Service at St. Teresa’s
 
Prayer of the Week
Almighty God, as your kingdom dawns, turn us from the darkness of sin to the light of holiness, that we may be ready to meet you in our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Your prayers are asked this week for:

  • Rohingya Muslims and others facing persecution; for a greater understanding between people of different faiths and political persuasion
  • A constructive relationships and dialogue between North Korea, the United States, the United Nations and the rest of the international community  
  • Organisations which assist the disabled, especially Scope, PACE and other local charities
  • Those living alone. Risborough Good Neighbours. Risborough Carers
  • Thame Road (L)
  • Those who are in need in our parish:
    • Joan Ballance, Pam Johnson
  • And also further afield for:
    • Alastair, Katy, Georgina Cole, Ginny Gibbs, Rob, Alex Chauhan, Cathy Owen, Gail, David Dewick
  • The recently departed:
    • Harry Mullens, Keith Barnes
  • Those whose anniversary of death falls at this time:
    • Joan Pitcher, Roy Lawrence, Elizabeth Bragger, Alan Gibson.
Please remember the charities that the parish supports:
The Bucks Historic Churches Trust provides grants to help maintain churches in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes.  www.bucks-historic-churches.org

 

Notices


#Godwithus: Your Christmas Journey

December may be a time of year when moments of peace and quiet are in short supply. #Godwith us: Your Christmas Journey is designed to help you make the most of such moments whenever you can. It offers thirteen short and simple reflections to help you explore the message of so many Christmas readings and carols – that God is with us. Please take a free booklet from the table or sign up and get your friends and family to join the Your Christmas Journey reflections by texting GodWithUs to 88802 or visiting www.churchofengland.org/Christmas. James

Advent Fair
Thank you to everyone involved in making this a hugely enjoyable and successful occasion. There was a steady flow of people throughout the morning and £900 was been raised for church funds.

Monks Risborough School Nativity
The infant school will be presenting “Lights, Camel Action” to the community on Wednesday December 6th at 10:30am. The school would be delighted if you could attend. If you are interested in coming please contact Miranda in the school office on 345590 or office@mrisborough.bucks.sch.uk  Thank you

Fellowship Cheese and Wine Christmas Party
This takes place on December 14th at 8.00pm in the church hall. This includes some carol-singing, a festive quiz and only costs £3. Everyone is very welcome.

Nine Lessons and Carols, December 17th at 6 pm:
I am always on the look-out for different people to read at this service. If you are available and would like to read, please let me know. Many thanks, James

Carol Singing around the village
On Thursday December 21st meeting in St. Dunstan’s Church at 6.00 pm everyone is invited to come carol singing around the village with the church choir to help raise money for charity. Afterwards refreshments will be served. If you enjoy singing please come along – singers of all standards are welcome!

Coffee and Mince Pies at the Rectory
As in the past everyone is invited for coffee and mince pies at The Rectory after the 10.00am Communion service on Sunday December 31st. Even if you don’t come to the service you are very welcome!

National Gallery Tour – Saturday 27th January 11 am
This has already ‘sold out’. If you would be interested in booking a place on another tour, please let Susanne Carr know 346827 or susannecarr2168@aol.com and she will organise a second tour if there is sufficient interest. James

Colds, coughs…
Polite reminder – so that we all stay as healthy as possible, if you have a cold etc. please ask the priest to dip your wafer into the communion cup (known as intinction) to reduce the risk of spreading germs. Thank you. James

Stretching Classes

Susanne Carr writes: A fantastic new stretching class takes place in the White Cross Hall on Wednesdays 9.30 - 10.30am, £6 pay as you go, no signing up. The first-rate teacher gives individual care and attention, combining Yoga, Pilates and stretching, all controlled, gentle and slow. Bring a mat and see how your flexibility improves!

The Next Few Weeks 

The Church is open daily to visit from 9.30am–4.00pm
Morning Prayer takes place on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8.45am to 9.05am (except Bank Holidays). Everyone welcome
Wed 6th Dec 2.30pm Thanksgiving service for Harry Mullens
Thurs 7th Dec 9.30am Holy Communion and Prayers for Healing
2.00pm Monks Monkeys (church hall)
Fri 8th Dec 12 noon Thanksgiving service for Keith Barnes
Sun 10th Dec Second Sunday of Advent 10.00am Parish Communion
11.30am Owlswick Holy Communion (BCP)
6.00pm Evensong
Mon 11th Dec 11.00am WW1 Act of Commemoration at the war memorial
8.00pm Silent prayer (church hall)
Wed 13th Dec 8.00pm Chinnor Silver Band concert (sold out)
Thurs 14th Dec 9.30am Holy Communion
2.00pm Monks Monkeys (church hall) – restarts on January 4th
8.00pm Fellowship Christmas Party (see notices)
Sat 16th Dec  9.00am Decoration of Christmas Tree
Sun 17th Dec Third Sunday of Advent 10.00am Parish Communion
3.00pm Owlswick Carol Service
6.00pm Nine Lessons and Carols
Mon 18th Dec 9.30am Monks Risborough School Christmas Service
Tues 19th Dec 9.30am Monks Risborough School Christmas Service
Wed 20th Dec 2.30pm Friendship Group (church hall)
Thurs 21st Dec 9.30am Holy Communion
6.00pm Village Carol singing – all welcome (see notices)
Sun 24th Dec
Christmas Eve
10.00am Parish Communion
3.00pm Crib Service
6.00pm Village Carol Service
11.30pm First Communion of Christmas
Mon 25th Dec
Christmas Day
8.00am Holy Communion (BCP)
10.00am Family Communion
Thurs 28th Dec 9.30am Holy Communion
Sun 31st Dec 10.00.am Parish Communion, followed by coffee and mince pies at The Rectory (see notices)
6.00pm Evensong
Thurs 4th Jan 9.30am Holy Communion & Prayers for healing
2.00pm Monks Monkeys restarts
Sun 7th Jan Epiphany 8.00am Holy Communion
10.00am Family Communion
6.00pm Evensong

Some of our Christmas services explained:

Nine Lessons and Carols, December 17th at 6 pm: A traditional service of readings and carols sung by the choir, congregation and Monks Risborough School.

Crib Service, December 24th at 3pm: It’s a chance for young children (and adults!) to get dressed up as their favourite character in the nativity story, to sing some carols and to listen to the Christmas story being retold

Village Carol service, December 24th at 6 pm: An opportunity to celebrate Christmas with plenty of carols along with readings, reflections and prayers.

First Communion of Christmas, December 24th at 11.30 pm: A special service of Communion in the still of the night that recaptures the significance of the birth of Jesus.

Family All Age Christmas Communion, December 25th at 10.00 am: A chance to celebrate the birth of Jesus in an informal but meaningful way