A Chance to catch up on our service of 9 Readings and Carols, held on Sunday 20th December at 4:00pm. YouTube link here or watch below ...
Christmas Day, 10.00am: Christmas Day Eucharist at St Barnabas Church live-streamed on Zoom
Catch up here ...
‘Baby Jesus’ pebbles to spread Comfort and Joy
Christmas lunch hampers for families in crisis - please help
PURLEY & KENLEY CHURCHES TOGETHER will be giving Aldi supermarket vouchers to 100 local families in crisis so that they can buy food for a Christmas meal. These vouchers cannot be used for alcohol, the lottery or tobacco.
PAKCT won't be collecting toys but will be making a financial donation to local children’s centres for them to spend on the children they care for.
They are hoping to raise £7,500 for these projects so if you would like to contribute please either send a cheque payable to Purley Food Hub with ‘Christmas Projects’ written on the reverse (post to Joanna Walker, Purley Food Hub, c/o Purley Baptist Church, Banstead Road, CR8 3EA) or donate at www.give.net/20333146. Please specify ‘Christmas Projects’ in the reference box.
Any questions, please contact Jean Ludlow on 07546 635295 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Christian Aid at Christmas
Christian Aid is focusing on the Climate Crisis in Ethiopia:
• Listen to Dr Rowan Williams on 22nd December in a pre-recorded sermon. To help combat the climate crisis, Charity Gifts are available, including cocoa saplings for £9 with downloadable gift cards at www.charity-gifts.christianaid.org.uk
Comfort and Joy is the Church of England’s Christmas theme for this year, read the full booklet below
Comfort and Joy holds together the hope that Christmas will bring joy and celebration after a uniquely difficult year with an acknowledgement that – for those who have lost loved ones or livelihoods, or who are potentially still not able to be together with loved ones – it may be the Church’s role, both nationally and locally, to provide consolation, rather than assume everyone will be ready to join in jubilation. We also have to anticipate there may be further spikes.
Christmas the Church will need, in the words of St Paul in Romans 12.15, to
‘Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep’. We will aim to
celebrate where we can together in one place – but also embrace a wider
community that wants to join in the celebration but may not be physically able
– or emotionally ready – to do so. We hope that Comfort and Joy will enable us
to build a campaign that both enables us to reconnect with the rich and joyous
traditions of the past and to offer God’s consoling love in the present.
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