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DIARY DATES Mon 31 Dec: Children's Movie Club 9.30am for 10am at St Mary's Olveston ­ (U). Admission free, donations welcome. Sun 6 Jan: Epiphany Service of seasonal Carols and Readings at 9.15am. Tue 8 Jan: PCC meeting 7.30pm in the Church Rooms. 18 ­20 Jan: Lee Abbey Weekend ­ please take a leaflet. Wed 20th Feb: Lent Lunches start. We will be holding a series of social Lent Lunches on Wednesdays in church starting on 20th Feb for the 6 weeks of Lent. Cost is £5 to cover soup, roll, apple and cheese; sign up on the board in church. 12-2pm. All money raised goes to the Ugandan Agricultural Project, which is being launched by the deanery to encourage clergy to farm and make a profit to subsidise their children's school fees. Fri 22 Feb: `Snowball' (black tie) at Aztec Hotel ­ in aid of the Hartcliffe teenage parents project ­ see Alison. Sat 8 Jun: Church Overnight Camp in Glebe Field (put date in your diary for next year!). Sat 29 Jun: Village Picnic on Glebe Field.

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Notice sheet items received between 20th Dec and 2nd Jan will be in the notice sheet on 6th January. Items can be sent by email to [email protected]k or put in the box in the church porch. Daily Readings: `Giving' Pray daily before study: "My heart is stirred by a noble theme" Psalm 45:1 Day 1: Proverbs 3:1-10 Day 2: Malachi 3:1-12 Day 3: Proverbs 11:25 Day 4: Proverbs 22:9 Day 5: Genesis 4:3-5 Day 6: 1 Timothy 6:6-10 Do you trust God enough to fulfil his promise to supply all your needs, and give as he directs? Vicar: Rev Philip Rowe [email protected] 01454 613223 Rest Day: Thursday Curates: Rev Ruan Crew (528239) [email protected] Rest Day: Friday Rev Paul van Rossum Churchwardens: Pam van Rossum Tim Jefferis Deputy Churchwarden: Bob Sharp Verger and Church Diary Custodian: Trevor Llewellyn (616047)

Sunday 30 December 2012 Christmas 1 `I must be in my Father's house' (Luke 2:49)

St MaryÊs Church Almondsbury

8.00am Holy Communion Philip Rowe 9.15am Choral Holy Communion Margaret Roberts, Philip Rowe Hymns: 683, 729, 521, 240 (During Communion: 350) The Communion setting is at Hymn 956 Voluntary: Marcia Maestoso (Guy Eldridge) Readings at 8.00am and 9.15am: Colossians 3.12-17 (NT p.199) and Luke 2.41-end (NT p.57)

All-Age Service 10.45am

Led by Ruan Crew and Philip Rowe Continuing `The Big Story' in which we accept Luke's invitation to be caught up in the big story of God's creation and redemption of the world. Today the theme is `Owned faith', looking at Luke 2:41-52 (NT p.57).

Please pray for our services and events today and during the week: Mon 31 2.00pm Funeral of Roy Atkins (No bell ringing practice) Tue 1 Wed 2 Thur 3 Fri 4 Sat 5 Sun 6 (No prayer meeting) (No homegroups) 7.30pm Choir practice (No parenting course) 4.00pm Praise Group Practice 8.00am Holy Communion (BCP) ­ Ruan Crew 9.15am Epiphany Festival Service ­ Margaret Roberts 10.45am All Age Communion ­ Ruan Crew, Paul van Rossum 6.30pm Prayer for St Mary's and Beyond, in the Chancel

`Creating a community of wholeness with Christ at the centre'

From the Vicar: Prayer for St Mary's and beyond is on Sunday 6th January at 6.30pm. Please pray for the Epiphany Services and Church Musicians. The next Tuesday prayer meeting will be on 8th January at 4.45pm. We will not be meeting on 25th December or 1st January. Philip Rowe Come and celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany on Sunday 6th January at 9.15am in church. This is a Festival Choral Service of seasonal carols and readings!!. All are very welcome to join us at this traditional Church Festival! Parenting Courses: The current parenting course is continuing on Friday mornings (from 11th January), and a new course will be starting on Friday 22nd February ­ please contact Alison if you are interested in attending this 10week free course. There will also be a course (probably in the evening), in Almondsbury Vicarage, for parents of teenagers, starting after Easter; please let Alison know if you are interested.

Collect for Christmas 1 God in Trinity, eternal unity of perfect love: gather the nations to be one family, and draw us into your holy life through the birth of Emmanuel, our Lord Jesus Christ. Would you like us to pray for you, or for someone or a situation that you are concerned about? Please let us know. You can put a card on the prayer request board in the chancel or speak to one of us. If you would value personal prayer, one or two of us can pray with you. Pam & Paul, Ruan Crew Ro Palmer, Philip & Alison The Wednesday morning Alpha group is resuming in January on a monthly basis, following Nicky Gumbel's `A Life Worth Living' series of DVD studies based on Philippians. The first meeting is on Wednesday 9th January at 12 The Scop ­ more details from Ruan. Don't Just Stand There ­ Pray Something! Discover the power of intercessory prayer. Available for £3.75 this very readable book will open your eyes to the power of prayer and do wonders for your prayer life. Take a look. It's on the book trolley. Pam

"Snowball": A black-tie Ball on Friday 22nd February at the Aztec Hotel, with three course meal, drink on arrival and entertainment. Tickets £40. This is being held to raise money for the Hartcliffe Project to help teenage mums in Bristol, which the Mothers' Union are involved with. (For more information see They need to repair the roof and we are helping to raise money towards the £50,000 needed. Could anyone provide some really lovely, good quality prizes for the auction at the Snowball? Maybe a week in a holiday cottage, or some fabulous chocs or wine...? Anything considered ­ suggestions to Alison Rowe please! Trip to Uganda: a group of people from Bristol West Deanery are intending to go to Uganda to visit our link dioceses of Nebbi, Kitgum and Gulu in October 2013. If you would be interested in coming on this trip, please see Alison Rowe. Many thanks to John and Michelle Keel for donating our beautiful Christmas Tree again this year. Also big thanks to Rob Cockram for acquiring the new tree lights, and to everyone else who helped with the tree decorating.

Breakfast for Blokes: The next event will be on Saturday 26th January. Venue and exact time will follow ­ speak to Ruan for more details. Daily Bread for Others: Please do add, if you can, to the box of provisions in church. This food is taken regularly to the `Loaves and Fishes' project run by the Sisters of the Church in the St Paul's area of Bristol. From there it is distributed to those less fortunate than us and is greatly appreciated. Their particular needs are: packets of tea-bags, pasta and rice; tins of baked beans, soup, rice-pudding, sweet corn, tuna and hot-dog sausages. Wanted: Volunteer Deputy Editor for the Lich Gate magazine. Applicants should have the following minimum IT skills: email and computer literate, own a copy of Microsoft Office (including Microsoft Publisher), familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel, jpeg and other image software. They also need organizational skills and to be able to spend about 2 days per month on production of the copy and 15­30 minutes per day on administration. Please contact Sue and Paul Beech: 01454 615466, [email protected]


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