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Mothers’ Union meeting, Tuesday, 4th December at 14.00 in the large meeting room.  Discussion about family traditions at Christmas, recipes handed down, games played, decorations passed down the generations.  Come along and share your memories.  All welcome.

Fair Trade Stall.  The next stall selling fairly traded goods will be on Sunday, 9th December in the Church Hall, after the 09.30 Service.  There will be a ‘sister’ stall, along with the final Traidcraft stall, offering fair trade olive oil, almonds, dates and Palestinian handicrafts (including Christmas items).

Candlelit Christmas Concert on 9th December at 19.00 This is a concert of traditional, lively, and more secular Christmas music and readings, and is an ideal opportunity to introduce people to our Church.  Tickets are £5.00 each (children under 16 free) and include mulled wine and mince pies in the interval.  They are available from St George’s Church Office (and the Hall, after some 09.30 services).  Proceeds are in aid of the West Berks Homeless Project.

Christmas Meals. The dates for the Christmas meals are Monday, 10th December for the ladies, and Monday, 17th December for the men.  Menus are now available at the back of the Church.  Payments and food choices must be made by Sunday, 2nd December (ladies) and Sunday, 9th December (men).  Thank you.  Janet and Glenn Wycherley.

St George’s Church Choir will be singing Carols on Thursday, 20th December from 19.00 until 20.00 at “The Bowler’s Arms.”  Free entry.  Everyone welcome.  Complimentary mulled wine and mince pies.

Change of Date for Quiz Please note that The Themed Quiz will take place on Saturday, 19th January 2019, and not the 12th January as shown in the November copy of the Wash Commoner. Apologies to all those who have already booked places for this event.

Aldermaston York Nativity Play.   This remarkable mediaeval play has been performed annually for over 60 years in St. Mary’s Church, Aldermaston, the cast being drawn from local people.   The Play runs from 6th – 9th December and details can be seen on www.aldermastonnativity.co.uk

Christians Together in the Newbury Area (CTNA) is once again running a free Christmas wrapping service in the Kennet Centre.  Can you offer an hour or two between 7th and 17th December to help wrap gifts that members of the public bring to us?    If you are interested, then please contact Carolyn by email at  carolynbramhall01@gmail.com

Christian Aid Flag Day – 15th December at the Kennet Centre.  Are you able to spare an hour collecting indoors for Christian Aid at The Kennet Centre on Saturday 15th December?  Please contact Louise via the church office. Thanks.

CTNA COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS DAY at St. George’s Church Hall.  We are delighted to inform you that we now have enough volunteers and Entertainers for the Christmas Day Lunch.  Thank you all for your support.

Newbury Pensioners who will be on their own on Christmas Day are warmly invited to join us (limited numbers).  Driver will start collecting from 10.30, you will be told nearer the time the name of your driver and time of collection. We will have a full Christmas dinner, snacks, lots of fun, entertainment and carol singing, and also a local vicar will pop in.  After lunch we will watch the Queen’s Speech on a large screen.  Your drivers will then return you home, with a “goody bag” for your tea.  If you or someone you know, would like to come, then please contact Marina at marinaoabraham@gmail.com

West Berkshire Homeless – Volunteers needed  Thank you those who have already volunteered to help with the extended winter provision at Two Saints.   If you can help in any way, then please, either telephone 07727 277780 or e-mail wbhomeless@outlook.com for more details.


Healing:  Jasmine, Muriel, Anna, Martin, Rebecca, George, Eunice.

Newbury Deanery Cycle of Prayer: West Downland Benefice; Miri Keen, Mary Harwood, LLM John Avery; St Andrew, Chaddleworth, All Saints, Brightwalton, St James, Leckhampstead, St Mary, Fawley, St Swithin, Wickham, St Gregory, Welford, St Mary, Great Shefford,  St Stephen, Shefford Woodlands

A Prayer for Advent Sunday

Almighty God,

give us grace to cast away the works of darkness 

and to put on the armour of light,

now in the time of this mortal life,

in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility;

that on the last day,

when he shall come again in his glorious majesty

to judge the living and the dead,

we may rise to the life immortal;

through him who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.



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