Notices for 10th December 2017

Today 8.00
9.45
4.30
Holy Communion
Family Communion
Christingle Service
Monday
Tuesday 9.00 Meditation Group – Belli Centre
Wednesday 8.00 Evening Meditation – Church
Thursday 9.15
6.30
Meditation Group – Belli Centre
Youth Club – Christmas Outing
Friday 9.15 St Peter’s School End of Term Carol Service – Church
Saturday 6.00 Saturday-at-Six Eucharist – Church
 Sunday 8.00
9.45
6.30
Holy Communion
Family Communion & Sunday Group Nativity
Service of Nine Lessons and Carols

We urgently need Car Park Stewards to help with our busiest services over Christmas, including the Christingle service TODAY!  If you can help, speak to a churchwarden, or call Mark Buckley (203770, markabuckley@yahoo.com).

Our Christingle Service, raising funds for the Children’s Society, is today at 4.30 pm.  If any child needs a collecting candle, which is presented at the service in return for a Christingle, they are available at the back of church.

Please take your bundle of Parish Christmas Card from the back of church, if you kindly signed the list to help deliver them.  Many thanks!  If you do not live in the parish, please take a copy for yourself.

Next Sunday is our popular Service of Nine Lessons and Carols at 6.30 pm and, as we did last year, everyone is invited to stay after the service for mulled wine and mince pies.  We hope you will be able to come.

Calling all children! We are looking forward to the Nativity Play in the 9.45 service on Sunday 17th December. This year for a change quiz group children (years 1-6) will be invited to take part along with the Sunday group. If you would like to be involved, rehearsals will soon be getting under way on Sunday mornings, so please join the quiz groups in the Belli Centre after the beginning of the service.  New members always welcome!

St Peter’s Walkers meet at 10.30am Tuesday, 19th December  in the church car park for a walk followed by a bring and share meal in the Belli Centre.  Sign the sheet or contact Sheila Hornsby (07814 303194) for more details.

Thursday at Two’s annual quiz with mulled wine and mince pies is on Thursday, 21st December at 2 pm, plus our usual board games.  Everyone is welcome.

Our Church magazine, The Key is published monthly and is excellent value at 50p per copy, or by annual subscription at £5.00.  This includes delivery, for those who live in the parish; otherwise a copy is reserved for collection from the back of church.  If you would like a subscription, please complete the form below and send it to Mrs Kerry Oldfield at 1a Southall Way, Brentwood, CM14 5LS.   Alternatively, e-mail the same information to klouisaoldfield71@msn.com.

                 Money kindly given in the blue Advent Charity Appeal envelopes                                                                                               distributed today will go to help our nominated ‘church’ charities:

Church Urban Fund (supports social action in the poorest areas by local people);

Brentwood Schools Christian Worker Trust (leading assemblies, RE lessons etc);

Daylight Prison Trust (Christian prison ministry);

Friends of Essex Churches (repair grants for churches);

Pleshey Development Appeal (upgrading the Diocesan House of Retreat);

Salvation Army (exists to save souls and serve suffering humanity); 

Essex Clergy Charity (financial assistance to clergy for children, widows &  holidays).

For enquiries concerning St Peter’s School Second-Hand School Uniform either orders or donations, please contact Cheryl lines via the School Office (215577).  We would ask that you do not leave bags of donated uniform/orders at the church, but contact Cheryl for guidance. 

If you wish to include someone in the prayers for intercessions, who is either sick or who has recently died, please give the details to one of the Churchwardens, Ruth Carter (210812) or Gill Strachan (822610).

The recently introduced Parish Giving Scheme benefits the church by giving a more certain and timely cash flow, which is very helpful for planning purposes.  Benefits to the individual are that your donation can be anonymous and can be index-linked.  Information packs are available at the back of the church; please take one if you haven’t already, and consider whether you could give this way.  If you need to know more, please contact Neil Hornsby, our Parish Giving Officer  (neil.hornsby@ukgateway.net; 07980  941650)

Looking for a party venue?  The Belli Centre is available to  hire for private parties until 8pm. We can offer, at competitive  rates, a spacious, well-presented hall with up-to-date catering facilities, disabled access and a large car park.  To enquire about prices and availability, contact Katherine Ball, (bellicentre@gmail.com; 215016).

Our newly formed St Peters Youth Group meets every other Thursday during term time and is looking for donations of games/activities to occupy children age 11+.  Also required are any unwanted beanbags to furnish a planned chill-out corner.  Lastly, does anyone has an interesting job or hobby and would be willing to spare an hour to share with the children one evening? Chris Gelderbloem (chrissygelderbloem@gmail.com; 07939549384) would love to hear from you.

The Junior Quiz Group is looking for leaders and assistants to lead and support Bible based activity sessions for children in years 3 and 4 during the Sunday family service.  Teaching materials are provided, but a basic knowledge of the Bible and some experience with children would be useful.  Leaders should be confirmed and should expect to commit to about 2-3 sessions per term.  Contact Kerry Redman  (219215;  kerryredman2004@hotmail.com) for more details.

Sunbeams Parent and Toddler Group are urgently seeking extra hands to help set up the toys and tidy away on a Friday morning.  If you could help on an occasional Friday, please contact Danielle White 07816 50293.