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This is the first Sunday of the Church's Calendar. We will be majoring on the Gospel of St Mark for the coming year. We begin with a 10 am Sung Eucharist with incense, plainsong and Asperges = the beautiful advent prose and sprinkling with Holy Water - if you have no idea what any of this is about then think about joining us on Sundays at 10am to get a different perspective on life...everyone is welcome to enjoy the beauty of this season.
Our Parish Church Council (PCC) is made up of elected members of the congregation and office holders (Secretary, Treasurer, Licensed ministers including the Vicar) and together they organise church events, keep the building in good order and help with the mission and ministry of our church. We have a members' board and an information board in St Michael's meeting room providing recent minutes and other notices.
Today we celebrate the second Sunday of Advent with a service designed to engage both young and old and anyone in between. We light candles, reflect on the Biblical message for Advent and celebrate Holy Communion. Coffee is served immediately after our worship and then at 12 noon we move into our church to sit down for our Christmas lunch together.
This has become an important social occasion when we can celebrate together over a shared meal. We are served a delicious 4 course meal, Father Christmas pays a visit to the youngest among us and the older ones enjoy a fun raffle. Tickets have to be bought in advance so catering numbers can be as accurate as possible and our chef can cover her overheads. A fun event and very much part of our regular Advent celebrations.
Supporters of the 'Save our Somerset' campaign will be eager to come along for this festive all age event. The summer version was highly successful and we hope this gathering will be too. Find out more about the Somerset and plans to get it reopened, support the campaign, have fun, meet neighbours and generally have a good time. See you there ....
The older children at St Michael's School have been hard at work practising for this special concert. Everyone is welcome to attend to show support to the children.
The last church clean up went very well thanks to support from the other congregations who use our building turning up to help. This time we want to ensure the place does not get quite so dirty and also to share some refreshments. This is a great way of getting to know one another and obviously to get the church ready for the Christmas season.
A return to our usual pattern today as we celebrate at 10 am our Holy Communion in church whilst Sunday School is going on in the Hall next door. Today we focus on John the Baptist announcing the coming of the Messiah. After our worship we have special refreshments thanks to Homewood Funerals who have opened a branch in our parish this year and who are a welcome addition to our local community.
Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday this year - and it is really the 4th Sunday in Advent until the evening. To ensure we cover everything we are offering this 9am Said Communion service for those wishing to complete their Advent observances and thus pay due respect to the story of the annunciation when the angel Gabriel announced the bith of Jesus to the Virgin Mary. We will have coffee afterwards as we prepare for our 10.30 am service - see separate entry.
Come on a spiritual journey with us through the great Advent thems of hope, peace, joy and love as we revisit the great bible readings of this time of year in drama, song and prayer. This All Age service is really our later evening one moved to an earlier slot in order to fit everything in this year...so don't miss your usual Christmas start and come along in the morning - still lots of carol singing to enjoy!
We have now established a reflective Communion service taking us through the midnight hour into Christmas morning as we reflect on the meaning of the Incarnation = the birth of God with us. Carols, candlelight, contemplation and Communion are what to expect in this service.
A full sung Eucharist to celebrate the Nativity of Jesus at 10 am today. More carol singing and Communion before we go home to our special festive lunches.
Our usual informal Wednesday Eucharist is celebrated in honour of St John today. A cup of coffee follows as is our custom at this time in the week.
Our Sunday 10 am celebration of Communion today is still in full Christmas mode so more carol singing on offer - and coffee afterwards.