Notices for 20th December 2020 - Fourth Sunday of Advent

Notices for Sunday December 20th 2020 – January 3rd 2021

December’s Services in church and online

The church is open again for services, with the same restrictions as before – please wear a mask, keep your distance, and sanitize your hands.

December 20th: 9.30am Holy Communion
                         11.15am Chattabox Nativity
                           6.30pm Candlelit Carol Service

Christmas Eve:   6.30pm Crib Service
                          11 pm Midnight Communion (to finish at midnight - earlier start because of the need to clean the church after the service)

Christmas Day: 10 am Festival Communion.

December 27th: 10am Holy Communion.

January 3rd         10am Holy Communion

All of these services will be recorded and live streamed for viewing on youtube and face book apart from the Chattabox Nativity.

We can only have a limited size of congregation. Please could you Email or ring the office to say if you would like to come to the Carol service, Crib service, Midnight or Christmas Day. If we have too many we will give priority to those who don't have the internet.

You can watch the videos when they “premier” at these times, or later for your convenience by clicking on this link:
https://youtu.be/sJsKpgw2V6E or
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHmq0CZOxl49QPTs73YMWlw/videos

Church open for private prayer
The church will be open for private prayer Saturdays and Wednesdays 9.30am to 4 pm, but not on Boxing Day. 

Coffee after the Sunday services – 11am by Zoom:
We invite you to “virtual” after (or before??) service refreshments. Please bring you own coffee or …?

Readings and Collects
For Sunday 20th 4th Sunday in Advent
:

Luke:26-38
Eternal God, as  Mary waited for the birth of your Son,
so we wait for his coming In glory;
bring us through the birth pangs of this present age
to see, with her, our great salvation,in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For Christmas Eve:

Luke 1: 67-79
Almighty God, as we prepare with joy
to celebrate the gift of the Christ-child,
embrace the earth with your glory,
and be for us a living hope in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

For Christmas Day:

Luke 2: 1-14
Lord Jesus Christ,
your birth at Bethlehem
draws us to kneel in wonder at heaven touching earth:
accept our heartfelt praise
as we worship you,our Saviour and our eternal God. Amen

For Sunday 27th -  1st of Christmas

Luke 2: 41-52
God in Trinity, eternal unity of perfect love:
gather the nations to be one family,
and draw us into your holy life,
through the birth of Emmanuel, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen

For Sunday 3rd January - 2nd of Christmas

John 1:10-18
God our Father, in love you sent your Son
that the world my have life:
lead us to seek him among the outcast
and to find him in those in need, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen

Daily Prayers on line will take a break from Christmas Day to January 3rd; please pick up a booklet” Comfort and Joy” from the back, and take copies for others also. For audio versions of the carols featured and more, go to https://www.churchofengland.org/ComfortAndJoy as mentioned on the back of the booklet.

Funeral
Tuesday 22nd    10.30am in Church: Muriel Seeds

Dronfield Ladies Voices Online Christmas Concert, 7pm, Saturday 19 December.

From inside Dronfield Parish Church and broadcast on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7A-cwR287yib3swzGDDzBw/featured

The event is free to watch we are asking people to PLEASE BE GENEROUS and make a donation to support Action for Children's Secret Santa campaign via our JustGiving Page; https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/dronfield-ladies-voices

Here is a link to tell you some more about the cause that we are supporting: https://youtu.be/M8lLakxsBiYc

And.....thanks to the generosity of some local businesses and members of the choir we have set up this amazing prize draw with some REALLY nice prizes Draw: https://go.rallyup.com/dronfieldparishladiesvoices. All proceeds from this will also go to the Secret Santa appeal and the winners will be announced during the course of the event after 8pm.

So, a reminder there are just three simple things we’d like to encourage you to do:

Many thanks to everyone who has helped create a Covid Christmas Tree Festival in the churchyard. It’s a welcome splash of brightness at a dark time, and has been well appreciated.

Christmas cards – if you wish to leave cards for people in church, please lay them flat on the surface under the hymn books, rather than in the pigeon holes; however, it would be preferable if cards were not left in church at all in the present circumstances, and if there are too many we shall have to say no, and dispose of those left –sorry!!!

Items for the Notices – please send any extra items to the office by 9am on Thursdays.