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St. Andrew's Church, Collingbourne Ducis & Everleigh

Welcome to the information page for St. Andrew's Church.

Service Timetable

St Andrew's Church Services for February 2016

Date Time Service
Sunday 31st January   No Service at St Andrew's
(Songs of Praise at St. Michael's, Shalbourne, at 10.30am)
Sunday 7th 8.00am Holy Communion (BCP)
Wednesday 10th 7.30pm Ash Wednesday Ashing Service
Sunday 14th 11.00am Family Communion
Sunday 21st 6.00pm Evensong (BCP)
Sunday 28th   No Service at St Andrew's
(Evensong at St Mary's Coll Kingston at 6pm)

 

Last Christmas (2015) ......

Probably best to let some of the pictures from the end of last December speak for themselves!

...... and now into 2016 !

BUT the Christmas season is not quite over at the beginning of February - well, not until 2nd and Candlemas. Candlemas is the end of the church's Christmas season when the Nativity scenes are finally dismantled, church colours go from white to green and we look forward to Lent and Easter. But already by Epiphany in January (when the Wise Men found Jesus) the tinsel was packed away and the tree put out with the green bin (or packed back into the loft, depending). Many, many thanks to all those who helped make Christmas special by ringing bells, playing music, cleaning up and doing refreshments both then and all through the year. Our Come to Bethlehem Service on Christmas Eve collection raised over £150 for the Children's Society and the important work they do. Photos from Come to Bethlehem are in the church - please let us know if you want any copies.

Easter (not Christmas) is the most important festival in the Christian calendar but it moves around as it falls on the Sunday following the first full moon after the spring equinox and this year is quite early, on 27th March. Like many religious festivals the date maybe shows ancient pagan connections! The day before Lent (a traditional time of giving up butter and eggs in the run up to Easter) is Shrove Tuesday when those butter and eggs were used up in pancakes. The children at our school have their pancake races to mark Shrove Tuesday - then have pancakes with sugar and lemon afterwards. If you can help with marshalling the races or getting 120 pancakes on plates quickly, just let us know. Lent starts the following day (Ash Wednesday) and those church colours go from green to purple. Church colours really do change with the seasons - just pop into St Andrew's to check up on - or help - our colour changing team, particularly round Easter (purple-red-nothing-white in quick succession).

Also in February, the Deanery is hosting an interactive exhibition about the Life of Jesus for children and families. The venue is St John's Church Pewsey on Saturday 6th February for parents and families from 10.00am until noon. Key Stage 2 children will be going with school during the week. More information at www.lifeexpo.co.uk

We look forward to welcoming Rev Canon Sue Groom as the new Archdeacon of Wiltshire at 7.00pm on Monday 22nd February at St John's Devizes. Canon Sue has ministered in St Alban's Diocese since 2009 as both parish priest and Leader of the Vocations Team and sounds interesting - she has a degree in linguistics: an MPhil in Computer Speech and Language Processing: a Postgraduate Certificate in Adult Education; a DipHE in Christian Life and Ministry; an MA in Aspects of Biblical Interpretation; and an MPhil for 'Sources for the Investigation of Meaning in the Hebrew Bible'. Phew! Sue will take her first service in the Savernake Team area on Mothering Sunday (6th March) at Great Bedwyn.

The continuing saga of changes in our clergy team continues BUT it looks as though the advert for the new Team Vicar should go out during February. In the meantime, please remember there are only two stipendiary priests in the team and our own vicar has 6 parishes to look after plus the extra load due to being one Team Vicar down - so bear with her if she seems a tad over stretched - it's because she is! If the Churchwardens can help you, or a Lay Pastoral Assistant assist, just ask one of us or email st.andrews@savernaketeam.com

Some of you may have noticed that the St Andrew's West window which was damaged by air rifle pellets or similar in spring last year has now disappeared altogether! That's because it is down at the Salisbury Cathedral for a repair by their glass craftsmen. It should, all being well and going accordance to plan, be back in time for Easter looking sparkling.

Lastly, a reminder that Fair Trade Fortnight begins on 22nd February. A good chance to think about the principles of fair trade between produces and consumers when you are out doing you shopping!

Keep up to date with fine detail changes in between Courier editions at www.standrews.savernaketeam.org

If you would like to help with any events please contact the Churchwardens, a member of the PCC or email st.andrews@savernaketeam.com

 

  The Collingbournes & Everleigh Society of Ringers

The band practice every Monday 7.30 - 9 pm,
at Ducis on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month,
at Kingston on 2nd and 4th Mondays and on a 5th Monday at Everleigh.

For further details contact Mike Holt, Tower Captain, on 850621.

General Information

The Parochial Church Council would always welcome you should you wish to read a lesson at one of our services.

Contact Us

For any other information please contact us by e-mail to st.andrews@savernaketeam.com

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