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Upcoming events

New Year's Walk - Wed 1st January

Join us to find the site of the crashed aeroplane, all welcome. 5km level walk starting at 10am from the National Trust car park at Pinkneys Drive. For any further details, please contact .

Parenting Matters - Mon 13th January @ 7:30pm

SAVE THE DATE! Mel Lacy from Growing Young Disciples is coming to speak to us about 'Raising Kids for Christ in a Confusing World'. Mel has over 20 years of experience of Youth and Children's ministry and is currently the Director of the Children's and Youth Ministry Course at Oak Hill College. We hope that this evening will be of huge benefit to all who are seeking to raise children for Christ and so our prayer is that every family at St Mary's will be represented. Whether you're a parent, grandparent or one of our volunteers across our Youth and Children's ministries, we trust that this will be hugely significant as we seek to raise the next generation for Christ. The event is free but we would love to know who is coming. To book on please click the button: Click here

Annual Quiz - Sat 8th February

The Annual Quiz will be on Saturday 8th February 2020. Start recruiting your teams, tables of 8. Contact Brian Jones or Joanie Jones for more details - .

Real Lives Week - 25th February-1st March

From a Cambridge professor to a former violent criminal: we have a fabulous line up of people who will be interviewed by Glen Scrivener in Real Lives week. Why not get excited by watching the short films referred to on the blog and in Touchline, pray about guests and put the dates in your dairy?

Notices

Christmas Day Hospitality

If you would like to offer hospitality on Christmas Day or if you will be alone on Christmas Day and would like to join with others, please contact .

Serving This Christmas - Sign-up Online

Sign up for serving this Christmas via the online form or by completing the paper 'Serving This Christmas' form. Please place the completed forms in the box in the welcome area.

Thanks To...

...Jeff & Penny Branch who have kindly donated the church Christmas tree in memory of their son Simon.

Thursday Fellowship

If you are interested in finding out more about involvement with Thursday Fellowship please email .

Mince Pies Needed

Donations of mince pies are needed for our Carol Services on 15th & 22nd December. If you are attending either of these services please bring along a box of mince pies and leave them in the hall kitchen before the service or drop them into the office the week before. Nut free please.

Christmas Giving

Our Christmas Giving this year will be shared between the work of Yeldall Manor and Open Doors. Yeldall Manor is a local residential rehabilitation centre near Reading, helping men to overcome drug and alcohol addiction. Open Doors serves persecuted Christians and churches worldwide, delivering vital support, resources and training. Our gift will provide emergency relief to refugees, displaced again by war in northern Syria, including many suffering believers. We encourage you to give via Bank Transfer to St Mary's PCC account: Sort Code: 60-13-35, Account No: 64261883. Please use CHRISTMAS 191 as reference for Yeldall Manor, and CHRISTMAS 192 for Open Doors. Gift envelopes will also be available in the church foyer for cheque or cash gifts, and for making new Gift Aid declarations.

Explore Bible Reading Notes

The new edition for January to March is out. This is a great help for our daily Bible reading. There are some sample copies in the welcome area. If you would like to try Explore, please collect a copy and put £5 in the collection box. We encourage regular users to subscribe directly with The Good Book Company.

Christmas Services

Details of our 2019 Christmas services can be found below. Please do put these dates in the diary and think about who you could invite.

TUESDAY 10th DECEMBER
1:10pmLunchtime Carol Service
THURSDAY 12th DECEMBER
2:15pmThursday Fellowship Carol Service
SUNDAY 15th DECEMBER
9:15am, 11am & 4pmAll-Age Carol Services
7pmCarol Service
SUNDAY 22nd DECEMBER
9:15am & 11amMorning Services
4pmAfternoon Service
7pmCarol Service
CHRISTMAS EVE
2:30pmChristingle Service suitable for pre-school children
4pmChristingle Service suitable for all ages
6pmCarol Service
CHRISTMAS DAY
9:15am & 11amMorning Services both followed by Holy Communion

Weekly Activities Restart Dates for 2020

3rd JanFriday Morning Prayers
5th JanSunday Children's Groups
6th JanStepping Stones
7th JanWomen's Daytime Bible Study
8th Jan7Up
8th JanWednesday Toddlers & Baby Café
9th JanThursday Fellowship
9th JanMen's Daytime Bible Study
10th JanFriday Toddlers
10th JanX Focus, Minor Key & Shift Focus
20th JanChristian Foundations
20th JanLooking at the Life of Jesus