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Monday

11th

7.45pm Bell Ringing Practice
Tuesday 12th Today's School Carol Service in Church has been cancelled as Spellbrook School is closed due to bad weather.
Wednesday

13th

Lucy, martyr, 304
Ember Day
2.30pm Advent Lunch

Thursday

14th

John of the Cross, poet, teacher of the faith, 1591

9.30am Eucharist 

11.30am Funeral - Edith Pettitt

Friday 15th Ember Day
7.45pm Choir Practice
Saturday 16th Ember Day

Sunday

17th

ThirdSunday of ADVENT
8.00am Eucharist
9.30am Parish Eucharist with Childrens Nativity Play

3.30pm TRADITIONAL CAROL SERVICE

OF NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS

 

Dates for your Diary

11 & 14th March 2018, visit of Bishop of Hartford to Great St Mary's

Monday 23rd April 2018 APCM (please note the date has been changed from 26th April).

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DIOCESAN PRAYER DIARY can be found on the St Albans Diocesan website at

http://www.stalbans.anglican.org/ministry/prayer-diary/

The TRAVELLING CRIB is on its journey around the parish on Advent Sunday. If you would like to host the crib figures in your home please add your details to the sign-up sheet at the back of church. Debbie Cubitt.

CHRISTINGLE SEVICE on Sunday 10th December 2017 at 3.30pm. Helpers needed for prepraring the Christingles on Saturday9th December in Church House at 9.30am-noon/ If you can spare an hour it would be lovely to see you there. Refreshments and a good time is generally had by all. Thank you. Debbie Dear

THE PARISH OFFICE: Please ensure notices for the pew leaflet are copied to the Vicar as well as the office. PLEASE INDICATE THAT THE EMAIL IS FOR THE PEW LEAFLET (in the subject box). Revd Debbie is arranging the worship rotas.

Enquiries about booking Church House or the Parish Hall should be made to Jayne.

Please note that the Parish Office will normally be open from 9.30am to 1.30pm on Mon and from 9am to 1 pm on Tues and Fri.   Email: gtstmarys@btinternet.com           Phone: 01279 726629

Enquiries about booking Church House and the Parish Hall should be made to Jayne.

DEANERY SAFEGUARDING TRAINING

A Deanery SAFEGUARDING TRAINING SESSION will take place in Church House from 7-10pm on Thursday 8th March 2018 for those who have contact with children or vulnerable adults in the course of their Church duties and activities and who have not attended a Deanery course in 2017.

Those who need to attend include: helpers at activities and servers.

An online learning module now needs to be completed first.

If you are not sure whether or at what level you need safeguarding training, please discuss with Revd Frances.

Please book by following the link:

httpsalwwwstalbans.anglican.orgldioceseldeanerysafequardingl

Please be in touch with Jayne in the Parish Office if you need help with booking.

STEWARDSHIP ENVELOPES for 2018: These will be available in mid-December. Please contact Huw Lewis on 865194 to advise of any changes, or to find out more about this scheme.

SUNDAY CLUB/MESSY CHURCH please remember to complete Register and leave in file in Church House.

At the PCC MEETING on 30th November 2017, the following key matters were discussed:

Treasurer's Report - good progress has been made in sorting out our financial management and controls. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Julie Patterson for her work on this.

Roof Alarm and associated deterrents have now been installed. If activated, there will be a loud noise and a man's voice will shout out warnings. Please call 999 if you hear this.

UK Mission Giving 2017 - Bishop's Stortford Winter Night Shelter (Holy Trinity)

A good number of responses to the PCC Away day planning questionnaire have been received with a wide range of helpful thoughts and ideas.

The PCC Away day took place on Saturday 9th December to talk about plans for the Church and Parish. This was to help us to renew our Mission Action Plan. More information to follow. Please pray with us as we seek to discern where God is calling us. Let us all pray the Living God's Love prayer (a prayer for our diocese). Please take a prayer card with you today. Revd Frances and Revd Debbie

From mid May to mid August 2018, I will be taking EXTENDED STUDY LEAVE (Sabbatical), a normal part of professional development for all clergy. I look forward to telling you more about my plans, but thought it would be helpful to let you know now about arrangements for cover: all liturgical and pastoral matters will be the responsibility of Revd Debbie, supported by Di and Rachel. Administrative functions will be the responsibility of the Churchwardens supported by the Church Officers, the PCC and our Parish Adminstrator, Jayne. I am most grateful for their support. Revd Frances

A very BIG Thank You to all who contributed and/or helped at the Xmas Lights Stall on Saturday 25th November. We seemed to be the only stall with activities for the children, which was wonderful. We also sold items for The Friends. Well done everybody. Penny and the Outreach Committee

CHURCH SECURITY Unfortunately, following a spate of thefts in local churches, we will need to keep the Church closed when there is no one in attendance. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

FRIENDS OF GREAT ST MARY'S CHRISTMAS CARDS: Now on sale,at 10 cards for 5. The card is of the East Window, depicting the birth of Christ. See Di Kitson for purchase.

ADVENT LUNCHES: Come and join us for lunch in CHURCH HOUSE at 12.30pm on WEDNESDAYS, 6th, 13th and 20th December 2017. Good food, good fellowship, much laughter. Lunch = homemade soup, bread, cheese, fruit and tea or coffee NO SET CHARGE - just a donation, please, to help the work of the Children's Society. Offers of help most welcome. Please sign the sheet at the back of Church TODAY. Shirley (723309) and Di (723212)

There is a PETITION at the back of the church concerning the condition of the footpath that leads to the Parish Hall.

 

 

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