Archive for December, 2010

Sermon from the morning communion service on 19 December 2010

Today’s sermon:

Morning Communion 19 December 2010, Kennedy Rath

Sermon from the Advent carol service

This is Steve Spencer’s sermon from the Advent carol service on Sunday 28 November. You can listen to it using the player below:

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Steve’s sermon at Advent carols

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Carol Singing at Basildon Hospital

7-9 pm on Christmas Eve

HELP!…..
There are over 30 wards open Christmas Eve: 30-40 people needed to come carolling. We will start prompt at 7pm and guarantee you will be in the car going home by 9pm.
A real `feel good’ evening which will make you appreciate all you have whilst lifting those less fortunate.
The universal appreciation of nurses & patients.

PLEASE NOTE – THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO ALL PEOPLE AGED 8 YEARS (IF ACCOMPANIED) AND OVER: SUMMARY:
Meet in the multi-faith prayer room at Basildon Hospital at 7pm sharp. A cappella singing or if you have an mobile, acoustic instrument (flute, recorder etc) – please bring it along.
Carol sheets are provided. Further details contact William Ruddle on william.ruddle@btuh.nhs.uk OR 01268 524900 x4281

Christingle: Collecting Candles

This year’s Christingle services for the Children’s Society will be on Christmas Eve (Friday 24th December) at St Mary’s at 2.00pm, 4.00pm and 6.00pm.

Advent Sunday is a good day for children to start to take their collecting candles from either church to put whatever pennies, fivepences or pounds they can cadge from their parents into their candles to bring forward for their collections at the service. This all helps the wonderful work of the Children’s Society which is the foremost charity helping endangered and needy children.

You can watch a video about Christingle and the work of the Children’s Society here:

Carol service at Evelyn May Residential Home for the Elderly

Members of St Mary’s and St John’s will be visiting Evelyn May residential home for the elderly on
Wednesday 15th December, at 3-30 pm for a carol service.

EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO COME AND HELP. PLEASE DO COME ALONG; THE RESIDENTS ARE SO APPRECIATIVE.
If you believe you can spare some time, please contact John Harris on 01268 418726.
(The home is located in Florence Way,  near the Catholic church and Laindon railway station).

Christmas Lunch

Christmas Lunch by Churches Together in Basildon

No need to be HOME ALONE on Christmas Day. You are welcome to CHRISTMAS LUNCH Saturday 25th December, 1.00pm at Trinity Methodist Church, Basildon (corner of Clay Hill Road/Bardfield). Essential to pre-book your place and pre-book if you need a lift Please leave your name and tel: 01268 541158 + ans

Also…..
Offers of help needed on Christmas Eve 1.30-3.30 pm at Trinity Methodist Church Hall for peeling vegetables, setting tables etc.  On Christmas Day, drivers needed to pick up folk from home and transport home afterwards; washing up & clearing up.  Again, please phone 541158 leaving your offer of help & when available, name and telephone no.
We are most grateful to Trinity Methodist Church for their hospitality and to Peter and Ann Finch for their delicious catering.
 
Many thanks,
Rev Esther McCafferty
St Martin of Tours, Basildon
Tel/Fax/Ans: 01268 522455
email: emccafferty@talk21.com

Sunday School Party

The Sunday School Christmas Party for children aged between 3 and 11 will take place on Sunday 12th December during the 11 am service at St. John’s.  We will be having dancing, games, party food and lots of fun!  If your child/grandchild would like to come along, please give their details to Donna, Paula, Sally-Ann or Jane.  Additionally, please ensure details of any food allergies/intolerances are made known at this time. Look forward to seeing you on 12th!!