News and Notices

What’s the Story?
This is the title of a presentation we make to groups of schoolchildren going around the church, meeting a story-teller at various points.  ‘What’s the story’ involves readers, craft assistants and leaders for each class.  Let Stephen, Derek or June know if you are available for 18th December (All Saints Yr 2) at 9.30 a.m.

West End Carols
Carols with candle-light in St Oswald’s on 19th at 11.15 a.m. before their Christmas dinner is open to all.

Carol-singing
At Morrisons in Girlington we raised a record £1285 for our link dioceses of Northern Sudan last year.  This year we sing again, 11 a.m. on 15th December and put a smile on shoppers’ faces.
We also sing carols at St Luke’s Hospital at 6 p.m. on Tuesday 18th followed – for the enthusiastic – by further singing, 7.15 p.m. at Horton Hall Close.  Children are especially invited.

Nativity Play
 Children will perform a Nativity Play on Sunday 23rd December at St Oswald’s 9.30 service.  Rehearsal at 4.30 p.m. on the 22nd.

 All Saints Carol service
The Carol Service at 4.30 p.m. on 23rd December includes well-known carols, familiar readings and candles everywhere!  Delicious food too.

Christingle Crib Service
At St Oswald’s on December 23rd children will be given the chance to put crib figures in the stable and receive a lighted Christingle – an orange with a red ribbon, sweets skewered on and a candle on top.  All will be explained! If you’ve never been before this is magical; bring any children.

Midnight Mass
This service at St Oswald’s on Christmas Eve starts at 11.30 p.m.  My mother used to take my brothers and myself from being quite young, and I still remember walking out in snow.  All are invited to Open House from 10.30 p.m. at the vicarage for mulled wine and mince pies.

Christmas Day
10.30 a.m. Christmas morning Communion at All Saints.