Sunday December 12th 2021, The Third Sunday of Advent

Services for Sunday 12th December

10am  Holy Communion service led by Revd Peter Bold and Barbara Hodd
Live and Online. You can watch online at 10am or later by clicking on:
12 noon Baptism Service We welcome the family and friends of Arthur Donald Yates.

Forthcoming services

Monday 13th December 9am Henry Fanshawe Carol Service
Tuesday 14th December 9am Henry Fanshawe Carol Service
  12 noon Funeral Eric Wells
Thursday 16th December 9am Henry Fanshawe Carol Service
Friday 17th December 9am Henry Fanshawe Carol Service
Sunday 19th December 8.00am Holy Communion
  10.00am Holy Communion
  6.30pm Carols by Candlelight
Friday Christmas Eve 6.30pm Crib Service
  11.30pm Midnight Mass
Saturday Christmas Day 10.00am Holy Communion
Sunday 26th December 10.00am Holy Communion


Zephaniah 3: 14 - 20
Luke 3: 7 - 18

God for whom we watch and wait,
you sent John the Baptist to prepare the way of your Son;
give us courage to speak the truth,
to hunger for justice,
and to suffer for the cause of right,
with Jesus Christ our Lord.

Please remember in your prayers: Sally MacLaurin, Marion Giles, Bernard Broadhead,
Pat Walker, Edith Hobson, Joan Jones, Malcolm Styan, Margaret Bennett and Emily (Ian Price’s granddaughter)

We also remember the family and friends of Antony Radford, Annette Whitham and Eric Wells

Marie Creaser and family wish to give thanks to all who have sent cards and messages of support, and for all the kindness shown at this sad and difficult time of Reg’s passing.

Coffee after the Sunday services - 11.45am by Zoom:
We invite you to “virtual” after (or before??) service refreshments, by clicking on the link below at 11.45 am or afterwards.
Please bring you own coffee or …?

Church open for private prayer The church will normally be open for private prayer every day from 9.30am - 4.00pm, but will be closed on Saturday 11th for the Ladies Voices Concert and Sunday 19th so equipment can be left up for the Carol Service.

The Parish Office opening hours
The office is normally open to visitors Monday to Friday 9.30 – 12.00. Closed Wed 15th December.

Chattabox Nativity Service is going to be held at

St Marys Church Unstone on Saturday 18th December at 4.00pm.

Everyone is welcome; there will be a traditional Nativity play with some audience participation, carols, prayers and refreshments.

This will be a family service particularly aimed at families with young children but suitable for everyone young at heart. We really hope St John’s congregations will come along and enjoy the fun. It’s a great opportunity to meet the young families who attend our Church.

Children are invited to come dressed as a nativity character, and are encouraged to be as much involved in the play as they feel comfortable.

We do have spare costumes available on the day.

The Oaks Community Church is having a Blue Christmas Service on Friday 17th December at 2.00pm at the Oaks Community Church.

This will be a short Blue Christmas Service; with a quiet, reflective space to explore what the Christmas story has to offer. It is somewhere to go if despite all the hype, you don’t really feel like celebrating.

Wednesdays at Eight  Organ Recital the next  Organ Recital is by Eric Singleton and is on  Wednesday 5th January 2022 at 8.00pm. Refreshments are provided.

Have you got questions about life and the Christian faith?

Then START will help you discover more about God, Jesus and the journey of life.

St Andrews Community Church, Pentland Road.

Weekly 7 – 9pm from Monday 24th January until 7th March 2022.

For further information contact Paul Mellars


This course is free.

Christian Aid Market Stall Book Sale The Christian Aid committee recently took the charity stall at the Dronfield Thursday market, to again sell books and have been able to bank the sum of £117.00 this will be forwarded to Christian Aid. Many thanks for those who gave books for sale ‘on the day’. The next CA event is to be the annual Sainsbury’s carol singing on the morning of Saturday 18th December.

Coffee Rota We are hoping to start serving coffee after Sunday Services in January. One or two people have kindly volunteered to help but ideally we need a few more people.  Sue would like to prepare a rota for January and would be grateful for any offers of help. Please contact Sue.