Spotlight News for 20th December 2020

 

Sunday 20th December 2020

Contactless Credit & Debit Card Donations

There is an opportunity to donate by card in St Saviour’s.  Full instructions for payment are on the table by the card reader at the exit.

As Covid-19 restrictions continue across the country, thank you for your keeping of these restrictions as we gather together.  Face coverings to be worn; track and trace also social distancing measures are in place.

Christmas Services

If restrictions allow, we are hoping to once again be able to hold services in church as well as on-line.  Please check the church website homepage in case changes have to be made.

 

Christmas Eve at St Saviour’s Church – Thursday 24th December

10.00 am Said Holy Communion

4.00 pm Family Nativity Service in the Grounds of St Saviour’s.

Come dressed as a character from the Nativity, or not, and bring a lantern.

We are hoping to have a great turn out and would really like to offer, to those who attend, the opportunity to don appropriate head gear. We therefore need gold card (ideally cut into flat crowns); tea-towels (for shepherds); tinsel; lengths of elastic (or similar to affix the shepherd's headdresses) and pale sheeting (for Mary).   Please could they be left in the church porch (with a note on them 'Jo'). 

 

Christmas Day at St Saviour’s Church – Friday 25th December

9.00 am Christmas Communion

10.30 am Family Christmas Service in the Grounds of St Saviour’s

Fun for all the family; bring along a Christmas gift that you have received.

 

Alpha Online

We are planning to run Alpha online for the Group, with Boldre and South Baddesley, from Monday 25th January at 7pm for eight weeks.  To find out more about taking part or to book you place, please contact Simon on vicar@brockenhurstchurch.com.

 

The Church Office will close on Thursday 24th December & re-open on Monday 4th January 2021. During this break phone messages & e-mails will be picked up by the Church Office. 

Lent Boxes – Please return your Lent Appeal Rwandan money boxes over the Advent period to the Church Office, Monday to Friday 10am – 12pm, so that we can send off the money for the training of pastors.

Save your Christmas stamps and all proceeds will go towards Christian Aid charity.  Please leave ¼ inch (1cm) of envelope around the stamp.  Collecting box at the back of St Saviour’s.

 

ADVENT Calendar

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our online calendar.

It is here on this website and you can open a door every day. 
 

Brockcare – if you hear of anyone in the village who is sick, elderly, lonely or bereaved and who might welcome a visit from one of our Pastoral Visitors, please contact Sharon Dibden in the Church Office on 624584.

If you wish to purchase John Purkess’ By-Gone Brockenhurst books, please contact either Jane Forrest on 624287 or Janet McDonald on 622144.  Books can also be purchased from the Church Office; Streets; Pot Pourri; or Cards & Candy in Brookley Road.  Books cost £5 each, Parts One, Two and Three are currently available.  All monies raised go towards church funds. 

 

GiftSwap4Coffee Saturday 9th January 10.30am – 12pm Church Hall

We are not sure if this event will be able to go ahead, due to the Covid restrictions in place at the time.  Please can you still save any unwanted Christmas presents until we can confirm if the event will happen.  We hope to be able to support Basics Bank; Tools for Self-Reliance; Women’s Refuge and the Mothers’ Union Family Holiday. 

 

Prayer Verse

Isaiah 9:6-7 For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onwards and for evermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

 

Prayer Idea

Use the words of a hymn or carol as a prayer.