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This Week at St Mary’s : Church Diary Monday-Saturday (except Bank Holidays): 8.30 am Morning Prayer & 5.30 pm Evening Prayer

Monday 12th Dec

7.30 pm

Farlington School Carol Service

Wednesday 14th Dec

10.00 am 7.00 pm

Holy Communion Holbrook Primary School Carol Service

Thursday 15th Dec

6.30 am 9.15 am 2.00 pm 7.00 pm

Horsham Churches Together Prayer Meeting (in The Centre) Holy Communion (in the Church Centre) Arunside Primary School Carol Service St Mary’s School Christingle Service

Friday 16th Dec

11.00 am

Holy Communion (at Horsham Hospital)

Saturday 17th Dec

9.00 am 9.30 am

Holy Communion Crib Scene being erected

Sunday 18th Dec

8.00 am 9.30 am 11.30 am 6.30 pm

Holy Communion Church Family Communion (No Lighthouse) Matins Service of Nine Lessons and Carols

This week at St Mary’s : For our Prayers Sunday Intercessions & Prayer Focus for each day this week At St. Mary’s – Our Serving & Transforming the community. In Horsham – There are many in Horsham for whom it is a constant struggle to feed and clothe themselves and their children. We pray for them and for all the work that the Churches do to provide for these needs; we ask for guidance about how we can do better. In the Wider World – We pray for Christian Aid’s partners working to provide water, food and shelter for thousands of drought-stricken and displaced people in Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia and Southern Sudan. Special Daily Prayer Topics Monday

Our ministry with schools (as pupils, parents, teachers, Governors etc.)

Tuesday

Mission projects we support in Horsham (Horsham Matters, Y Centre etc.)

Wednesday Our ministry with families (Marriage preparation, Parenting, Mothers’ Union) Thursday

Mission projects we support in Sussex (Whitehawk estate, Lorica Trust etc.)

FridayOur town ministry (via Council/Civic links, Concerts, Parish News, The Centre) Saturday

Mission projects we support overseas (through Christian Aid, CMS etc.)


Sunday 11th DECEMBER 2011 rd

3 SUNDAY of ADVENT

Welcome to St Mary’s! Especially if this is your first visit – we hope you will enjoy the service If you are new to us please pick up information about all that St. Mary’s offers from the Welcome Table near the Church door. Members of the welcome team will of course be delighted to answer any questions you may have. Children & Young People are most welcome at THE LIGHTHOUSE, our lively Sunday Club which meets in the Church Centre, during the 9.30 services in term-time. If parents find they need it, the Lighthouse Crèche is also available for your use in the side chapel. We hope you will be able to stay after the 9.30 service, and join us for a cup of coffee. Please do introduce yourself to one of the clergy or a member of the welcome team, who would love the chance to get to know you better. To find out MUCH MORE about life at St. Mary’s please visit

www.stmaryshorsham.org.uk

Today at St Mary’s 8.00 am

Holy Communion (Service Book p 199)

9.30 am

Parish Communion (with The Lighthouse in the Church Centre)

12 noon

Holy Baptisms

6.30 pm

Evensong (Hymns 14, 466, 16; Psalm 68; Mal 3:1-4;4 & Phil 4.4-7)


St Mary’s Church Family News THIS WEEK PLEASE TAKE AWAY A BUNDLE OF ST. MARY’S CHRISTMAS CARDS TODAY – they are prepared in street order for our part of Horsham Parish, so please can we all take some and deliver them through the doors of our neighbours (or of streets we know) to invite them to our Christmas services ... THANKYOU FOR YOUR HELP! Saturday 17th December from 09.30: Attention - able bodied people! The traditional St Mary's Crib Scene will be installed and the Christmas tree tinselled take place today. Please come and help - previous experience preferable but not essential. Refreshments will be provided! Those who have helped previously will be most welcome plus anyone who would like to come and learn the ropes. Contact Steve Benson (255477) for details. Saturday 17th December: Horsham Churches Together Carol Service and Fireworks, Starting at 4:00 p.m. in The Forum, Horsham. The churches of Horsham invite you to join us to celebrate the birth of our Saviour Jesus Christ with a traditional service of lessons and carols followed by a firework display. There will be a programme of entertainment on the stage in The Forum during the afternoon running up to the start of the carol service. Sunday 18th December 6.30pm: Service of Nine Lessons and Carols - Please come and bring a friend to this highlight of the St. Mary’s year, when our Choir will be inspirational as always!

FOR YOUR INFORMATION For all the families of the Lighthouse, St Mary's nursery and Little Footprints: You are invited to a Kings & Queens party on Saturday, January 7th, 3.30-5.30pm in the Barn, Church centre, Causeway when we will celebrate the wise men finding baby Jesus. Party games for the little ones (dressing up is optional); pasta tea for children & afternoon tea for parents. Please contact the church office with the number of people coming (for catering): 01403 253762 horsham@parishoffice.plus.com Diocesan Safeguarding Training All volunteers who care for children or youth in St Mary’s, and also church wardens, readers and clergy in St Mary's must undertake a diocesan safeguarding training every 3 years. If you have not attended a diocesan course in the last 3 years, there will be training on Saturday, February 25th, 10am-12.30, in the Barn and Thursday, March 1st, 7-9.30pm in the Leslie Room. Please contact Fiona Prentice to say which one you would like to attend. If you cannot attend one of these, there are others in Crawley, Worthing, Hove and Ardingly. Any queries, please contact Fiona fionaone@hotmail.com or 01403 271667 or leave a note at the church office.


St Mary’s Bookstall: Howard Dawson will take over the running of the bookstall under the tower in the New Year. Howard already manages the Home Group information resource located in the Church Office. He can be contacted on 01403 252536. St Mary’s Nursery would like to say a big THANKYOU! They have received £295 from the Waitrose tokens collection. Sister Eileen Wheeler has just published a new book, The God Who Keeps His Promises which is a sequel to The God Who Speaks. The book is available from the church office. They are modestly priced at £6.99 and will make an excellent stocking filler! The loop system for hearing aid users will be repaired/upgraded on 16th December. Please could you let Janet Palmart know if you have any comments about the upgraded system. Please note that the St. Mary’s Primary School Car Park does not belong to St. Mary’s Church. It is only kindly made available for our use by special arrangement – which normally means on Sundays only. Please do NOT park on School grounds on Saturdays or other weekdays, even for Church events – Thankyou. "An hour's oasis of prayer and support for women in the busy-ness of the working week". We are a homegroup with emphasis on prayer and support rather than a heavy study and time commitment outside of our meeting time. We meet term-time, Wednesday evenings from 7-8.15pm, in the Leslie Room in the New Year. You are very welcome to join us as we pray for each other and our families, further details from Fiona Prentice 01403 271667. The Lighthouse has a bookstall at the side of church today displaying some recommendations for choosing a more Christian Christmas. There are beautiful Advent candles & calendars, stunning Christmas cards and brilliant gift suggestions to help show your family what we are celebrating. Please come & see, and let us know if you have any ideas too. We are not selling the items but they can be ordered through us today and advice given for your personal query – ask at the Lighthouse or see Fiona Prentice H. 271667. St Mary’s Christmas Cards are now on sale at the back of the church, after the Sunday services and also in the church office. New designs now available! They are sold as packs of 10 cards for £3.50 or 5 for £2. This year the proceeds will be shared between St Mary’s Church Choir and St Mary’s Fabric Fund. Please contact Jo Benson for more information H. 255477

Coming soon at St Mary’s Christmas family celebration in St Mary’s church centre, the Barn, the Causeway on Friday, 23rd December, 3.30-5pm. Nativity crafts for children over 5, mulled wine for the grown ups followed by the candle light crib service in the church at 5.30 pm. We will be making a decorated candle jar for you to take into church for further information contact church office (01403) 253762. The Friends’ Evenings of Swinging Jazz Saturday 21st and 28th January at 7.45pm in the Church Centre. Tickets £13 in advance only, to include fish and chip supper available from the church office or Horsham Music on East Street. Thursday 2nd February, 2012, 7.30pm, The Barn: Information Evening for Youth & Parents about the HORSHAM PARISH CAPE TOWN AUGUST 2013 YOUTH TRIP (Youth must be 16+ by End July 2013.) Youth Leaders/Helpers from within the parish also welcome. We will need Leaders. More Immediate information: Judi Cox 01403-210207.

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