St. Andrew's Church, Collingbourne Ducis & Everleigh
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St Andrew's Church Services for November 2015
|Sunday 1st||8.00am||Holy Communion (BCP)|
|Sunday 8th||10.45am||Remembrance Service joint with St Mary's|
|Wednesday 11th||10.50am||Remembrance at the War Memorial with Collingbourne School|
|Sunday 15th||6.00pm||Evensong (BCP)|
|Sunday 22nd||No service
Evensong at 6pm at St Mary's C Kingston
Advent Communion joint with St Mary's C Kingston
St Katharine's (Savernake Forest)
|Sunday 29th Nov||6.00pm||Service of Light (celebrating the beginning of Advent)|
We’re moving into Autumn now following something of an Indian Summer which lasted well into October. The result has been a really beautiful few weeks, with the countryside at its autumn best – woodland with its splendid colours, farm fields being prepared, leaves crunching under your feet and conkers seemingly everywhere. Wonderful walking weather too.
We celebrated Harvest in October with two Harvest festivals which both reflected the season well – one at our regular Sunday service, then the following day the school filled St. Andrew’s for their celebration - as always it was a privilege to hear our young people singing their hearts out!
Later, and while the church was still decorated for harvest, we laid to rest Roy Chandler, something of the end of an era for the village to which he contributed so much.
October also saw Jazz@St. Andrew’s where a small but beautifully formed audience had a fantastic evening of music (the piano in particular was put through its paces and showed what it was capable of) and wine.
This month features Remembrance when we will remember those from our Parishes of the Collingbournes and Everleigh who fell in battle. On Remembrance Sunday, the 8th, we will be joined by the congregation from St. Mary’s, Kingston, for the service which will start at 10.45 in the church then will move to the War Memorial in time for 11am. A few days later, as always, there will be a short service at the Ducis War Memorial at 10.50am on Wednesday 11th itself when the children from our school remember those who gave everything for us – everyone is welcome to join them at this poignant service. The Church will be warm for those who want a few quiet moments to themselves either side of the service.
At the end of the month the fourth Sunday before Christmas marks the first day of the church’s liturgical year and the start of the season of Advent - marked in church by the change to the colour purple on the altar, lecterns and clergy clothing and with the lighting of the first Advent candle. The commercial and tinsel side of Christmas will no doubt move into top gear, but in the Christian church Advent is observed as a time of quiet, expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus on Christmas Day.
The continuing saga of changes in our clergy team continues. 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 overstretched – it’s because she is! If the Churchwardens can help you, or a Lay Pastoral Assistant assist, just ask one of us – contact numbers above, or email email@example.com.
The phantom toilet-roll fairy has been at work moving the soap and loo rolls from the St. Andrew’s toilet as fast as we replenish them so if you spot where they are being hidden (maybe under a nearby shrub or behind a gravestone?) please tell us where they are!
As late November brings Advent and the run-up to Christmas, a few bits of advance notice now Christmas is less than two months away (!!). The start of Advent will be marked for everyone in the Savernake Team with a Service of Light on 29th November at 6pm at St. Katharine’s Church in Savernake Forest. There will be carol services on 12th and 20th December in St. Peters and St. Andrews respectively plus Brass & Carols on 17th December at the Tipple Inn. During December the school children’s JAM club will build St. Andrew’s crib scene ready for Christmas week and we finish Advent with our “Come to Bethlehem” on Christmas Eve. Then we welcome in Christmas Day itself with Midnight Communion. More next month!
Forthcoming Events for your Diaries
|Sunday 8th Nov||Remembrance Service at 10.45am|
|Wednesday 11th Nov||Remembrance Service at War Memorial with the School at 10.50am|
|Sunday 20th Nov||Service of Light at St Katharine's Savernake Forest at 8pm|
|Saturday 12th Dec||Carols at St Peter's, Everleigh at 11am|
|Thursday 17th Dec||"Brass and Carols" at the Tipple Inn during the evening|
|Sunday 20th Dec||Carols at St Andrew's at 6pm|
|Christams Eve 24th Dec||"Come to Bethlehem" at 3pm|
If you would like to help with any of these events please contact the Churchwardens, a member of the PCC or email firstname.lastname@example.org
|The Collingbournes & Everleigh Society of Ringers|
band practice every Monday 7.30
- 9 pm,
For further details contact Mike Holt, Tower Captain, on 850621.
The Parochial Church Council would always welcome you should you wish to read a lesson at one of our services.
For any other information please contact us by e-mail to email@example.com
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