What is going on for the people of St. Paul's...?


         

THE WEEK AHEAD

SUNDAY 9th December - 2ND SUNDAY IN ADVENT
10.30am: Morning Worship with Holy Communion led by Revd Harry                Scott
Following the service, tea, coffee and biscuits are served, allowing a time for fellowship and chatter.

MONDAY 10th December
10.00am: Friendship Group
 7.30pm: House Group @ John & Ruth's, Cornerstone, Greenups Tce
 
TUESDAY 11th December
2.00pm: The Fellowship- Christmas Soiree
8.00pm: Senior Section Guides - Holiday 

WEDNESDAY 12
th December

6.15pm: Beavers - Holiday
6.15pm: Cubs - Holiday  
8.00pm: Explorer Scouts 
 
THURSDAY 13th December
12noon: Mustard Seed Christmas Lunch - Ticket only
6.15pm: Rainbows
6.15pm: Brownies 
7.15pm: Guides 

FRIDAY 14th December
10.30am: Coffee Morning  
  6.15pm: Imperial Crusader Band practice

SATURDAY 15th December
11.00: Live Nativity. Runs until 400pm

SUNDAY 16th December 
10.30am: Service of Carols led by Worship Leaders
Following the service, tea, coffee and biscuits are served, allowing a time for fellowship and chatter. 
               

Forthcoming dates for events in and around our church and circuit... 


December 15th: Live Nativity, 11am - 4pm. Take the activity lined 'Route to Bethlehem', visit the animals in the stable and dress up as a shepherd, angel, king etc. 
December 20th: Carol Singing @ Tesco, Sowerby Bridge, 5-7pm

There are always a number of worthwhile events coming up in and around our circuit. We are asked to display notices for these but if they were all pinned to our notice board it would be overflowing! There is a folder of these notices in the concourse. Why not have a look through it from time to time? 


Posters advertising some of the other events around the circuit can be seen on the circuit website by clicking here.



PRAYER

CIRCUIT PRAYER - CLIFTON
Please pray for Clifton as they welcome the village community to their afternoon Nativity Carol service on 23rd December. May all those who gather experience the warmth and love of the Christ Child.


OURSELVES AT ST PAUL’S
Please pray for all those involved in preparing and leading our special services next Sunday; 
Pray too for the Cubs and their leaders;

Let the fragrance of your glory draw us into your presence, O Christ. Let the perfume of your love be our salvation and let the scent of your sacrifice bring us your blessing. Amen
Aelred of Rievaulx, Methodist Prayer Handbook 2018/19


SOWERBY BRIDGE
Please pray for those who live on Claremont Street, Union Street and West View.

PRAYER CIRCLE

As part of the pastoral work in our church, we have a group of people willing to pray for your personal needs. Feel free to contact Paul or Catherine Hinton, (or any of the church officers), and they will contact the group with confidentiality. If you would like personal prayer on a Sunday morning, please speak to the steward and they will arrange it for you.

We so often only pray for people in trouble. Let us also pray in thanks for the loving, the joyful, the kind and those who go out of their way to ease other people's burdens.


OTHER NOTICES


HOUSE GROUP
Tomorrow evening, 10th December, 7.30pm
@ John & Ruth’s
As it's the last one before Christmas, I really think we should have it a little Christmassy.
Ruth is going to do a few snacks; you might like to bring a poem, a story, some reminiscence, or something else, but no pressure! 
We'll sing a few carols too. Everyone is welcome. Do hope you can come. 
John & Ruth


LIVE NATIVITY
This coming Saturday from 11am to 4pm
Are you coming? Bringing a friend? Take the journey to Bethlehem and the stable where the live animals will be. Pass through the shepherds’ field and on upstairs for more!
Please use the lower entrance. 


POSADA
Around our homes, Mary & Joseph are being hosted, this week, by Thomas, Angela H, Susan T, Joan, Terry & Karen and John & Ruth.
Look out for the town Posada at Hawdon Russell, the Post Office, Coversure Insurance, Identity, Whitakers and Salon 10. 
Please pray that they will help to bring the true message of Christmas to the people of Sowerby Bridge.


THANK YOU . . .
to those who helped to distribute the HOPE magazines, and the message of Christmas, to 500 homes in the vicinity of St Paul‘s.


CAROL CONCERT
Overgate Hospice Choir
Saturday 16th December 7pm @ Halifax Minster
Hammonds Saltaire Band & Phillip McCann
See Don & Diane Hayward or Angela H for tickets.

 

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM OUR MINISTER
The December/January letter from our minister, Revd Francis Neil, is available on The Concourse table and can also be found on page two of this web site.

 

CHRISTMAS WORSHIP FOR ST PAUL'S
Sunday December 16th
10.30am Carol Service led by Worship Leaders
6.00pm Carols by Candlelight led by Revd Francis Neil

Sunday December 23rd 
Morning Worship led by Revd Graham Smith

Christmas Eve 
11.30pm Midnight Communion Service @ Christ Church, Sowerby Bridge

Christmas Day 
10am All Age Worship to celebrate Christmas Day 
led by Revd Francis Neil
Bring along a present to show!


A PRAYING CHURCH IS A GROWING CHURCH
When group reports were distributed and received at Church Council,  Revd Francis encouraged us all to retain these reports and to pray regularly for the different groups and strands of our church. There are some spare copies on The Concourse table. Each week a different group or area of church work will be identified on the notices. Please try to find a moment to pray. 

 

ON THE CONCOURSE TABLE!
Copies of the new Preaching Plan and the circuit newsletter, Around the Dale have arrived. Please take your copies
Copies of Who's Who, the circuit directory are available to those who need them. Please ask a steward.


PRAYERS ~ COULD YOU WRITE ONE?
The editors of the Methodist Prayer Handbook are currently requesting prayers for next year's edition on the theme of 
Responding to the Gospel. 
See the poster for more information.

 


COLLECTIONS
JOSEPH STORE & WOMEN'S REFUGE
At the moment we are NOT collecting for these concerns. Surplus items from St Paul's will be donated to the New Ebenezer Drop In Centre.


BISCUIT WRAPPERS & CLEANING SPRAY HEADS
This collection continues for vulnerable young girls in Zambia. Thank you. 


SINGING THE FAITH

We now have a small number of words edition of the new hymn book. Please collect one from the book shelf if you need one.


TECHNOLOGY . . .
It can be brilliant but just, sometimes, it causes us a problem! If you have a mobile phone with you, we ask you, please, to turn it off completely while in the Worship Area. Even on silent, phones have been known to interfere with our sound system. Thank you


STAMPS
Please consider saving your used postage stamps for The Leprosy Mission. Please put them in the tin on the bookcase in the Concourse or hand them to Susan 


TIME FOR A CUPPA?
Don't forget: 
St Andrew's Monday Morning Kitchen every Monday, 11am-1.30pm
Boothtown & Southowram Coffee Morning, Thursdays, 10-11am


FURTHER INFORMATION

JIGSAW CLUB
Every Friday 2.00pm to 4.00pm 
at Sowerby Bridge Library 
friendly chat and jigsaws
The aim is simple: Relaxed jigsaw building and a chance to meet people!
 

 MINISTRY & PASTORAL CARE

Our Flower Ministry needs your help! If you know someone who is unwell and would benefit from some flowers, could you buy them some and take them on behalf of the church? The duty steward can let you have some money so don't be afraid to ask. It is helpful if we know who has received them and a book for this is kept in the vestry cupboard. If you are ill, please remember to inform your Pastoral Carer or, if that's not possible, let Karen Walsh know on 839465


PRAYERS 0N THE MOVE

Busy day, lots on. prayer time pushed out? Go to www.prayersonthemove.com or search POTM in your App Store to download a daily prayer app for your mobile phone. Created by SPCK, prayers are short - some only a line long - and you can listen to them, share them, 'Like' them and even set a reminder time for them to help your prayer habit!


FOR ZAMBIA

Plastic trigger heads from cleaning sprays, household cleaning wipes packaging (eg from surface wipes), flip top caps from household cleaning products (eg washing up liquid, Cif cream) and synthetic 'biscuit wrapping' - most of these items are not recycled by Calderdale so, if you like, put them in the box in the Concourse and I will pass them on to raise money for Contesa, a charity in Zambia which provides care for vulnerable girls, orphaned because of AIDS and HIV. Many thanks, Angela Hellowell. 

Future Notices

 Please give information for future notices to Angela Hellowell.  You can telephone Angela, (01422 839736), or email, (hellowanj@aol.com).  To be included on the Sunday, notices need to reach Angela by midday onThursday.  

Thank you.


All of our Sunday morning services are recorded on CDs, which are then available to borrow.  If you would like to know more, please speak to Don Hayward, Alex Lee or Angela Hellowell.