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Update: Thursday 18th November 2021  Printable version

Dear brothers and sisters

Rejoice with our family: Covid has cleared out of the Vicarage household and we’re safely free to be out and about again, with of course the continued need for us all to be careful as case numbers are high in Bath and rising nationally. Please continue to wear a face covering at least when moving around in church or singing.

Church is open to visitors again from next week on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10.00am to 3pm. Do look in if you are passing, stop for a prayer, and give a friendly-but-not-pushy welcome to anyone you see visiting! See below about volunteering to unlock on the other days.

Diana Cloyd’s funeral will be in St N’s on Friday 26th November, at 1.00pm.

Music for Christmas services: All singers – church members, friends, family and neighbours! – are warmly invited to help lead the singing at any of the following Christmas services:
  • Carols by Candlelight, Sunday 19th December at 4pm and 6pm. Practices at 2.30pm on Sundays 12th and 19th, followed by tea and cake before the services on 19th.
  • Christingle, Saturday 24th December at 3.30pm, 5pm and 6.30pm. Arrive at 3pm to practise.
  • Christmas Day at 10.45am. All brass instrumentalists also welcome! Arrive at 10.15am to practice.
Please could anyone who’d like to take part, contact Margaret (07962 218749 or mrwhite@cantab.net) to be sure that there is music for everyone!

Christmas always gives a great opportunity to invite those who do not normally come to church, to taste the joy and peace that the gift of the Lord Jesus brings in God’s love. Last year we were so restricted in having to avoid social gatherings, that we may have lost some momentum in our friendly contact with neighbours and social networks. Please think carefully and imaginatively about what would be appropriate to invite your friends to: one of the services? Into your home or garden? To do the Window Trail with you? On Sunday 28th November we will have 800 Christmas cards out on a table, from the church family to all who live in the parish. Could you take a couple of rounds, maybe for a road near you and one not so near, to put through the letterboxes? The card gives an invitation to all of our Christmas services.

On Sunday, in our Matthew series, we come to some deep teaching of Jesus, in chapter 24, about events leading up to his return in glory. Do you have questions about that? When you hear about “wars and rumours of wars” (What are Russia and China’s intentions relating to Ukraine and Taiwan), does it make you wonder what God is doing, or not doing? Come and see what Jesus says.
I hope to see you then! God bless,

Jonty
 
And here’s a repeat of some notices previously announced:
The PCC (church council) met on 11th November. See the Key Points from that meeting.
We recently had a special service to remember church family members who had died during the pandemic; every year we hold a Thanksgiving and Remembrance Service and invite all who are bereaved, whether recently or longer ago. This year we are having that a bit later than in previous years: Sunday 5th December at 4.00pm. Often the Christmas season is a time when we are acutely aware of the absence of those we love and miss, and this service will be a time to acknowledge that and remember them with thanksgiving as well as some sadness before we move into our more joyful celebrations.
Opportunities to Serve
  • Sidesmen/people (this name is up for review!) – could you be one, to help welcome people at the door and set up for Sunday services, maybe once a month? We’re having a tea together on 4pm Sunday 21st November to thank our present and future sidesfolk, discuss the role, and make sure we are all clear on what we’re doing. Everyone welcome; talk to the churchwardens Anna or Paul (who’s making a cake for the event!) if you’re interested in coming along and considering joining the team.
  • Coffee : we are experimenting with serving it in church before the start of the 10.45am service. We would like more volunteers and someone to coordinate the rota – talk to Hilary (office@stnicholasbathampton.org.uk). These are two great roles for getting to know others who come to church.
  • Unlocking for visitors during the week: to start opening on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10am -3pm. Could you help us add another day or two to that? All you have to do is turn up to unlock sometime before 10am, and come back sometime after 3pm to check lights are off and lock. Church is unattended during the day.
  • World Mission Committee: Nigel White is leading this subcommittee of the PCC to help us support God’s mission elsewhere (our vision is to be a church focused on Jesus so that we love one another, serve our parish and touch the world), partnering with others who are making disciples of Jesus. Talk to Nigel if you’re interested in getting involved in that.
Carols by Candlelight 4.0pm & 6.00pm on 19th December with an online booking system
Christingle 3.30pm, 5.00pm, 6.30pm on Christmas Eve, with an online booking system
God bless you,

 
Jonty Frith
Rector, Bathampton and Claverton
The Vicarage, Bathampton Lane, BATH BA2 6SW
01225 338055 (home & study) / 07905 883075



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