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December Magazine
This is our magazine for the month of December 2020
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NEWS and EVENTS

COVID 19 - Latest information

The church is open for worship once again

Following the end of the national restrictions on December 2nd the church will be open for worship at the normal service times (Sunday 8.15 and 10.15 and Thursdays at 9.30) although there is a limit of 30 people in church.  

Our first service will be Sunday 6th of December at 8.15 am

Social distancing continues to be necessary as well as the use of face masks and hand sanitizers

Worshippers are asked to provide Track and Trace information as  well (name and telephone number).

 

Services over the Christmas period.

   Regrettably we cannot hold our normal Christmas services  such as  Christingle,  Carol services and Christmas Eve Midnight Communion.

   This year we will have a service at 6pm on Christmas Eve which will also be broadcast via Zoom.  On Christmas Day there will be a service at 8. 15 am and one at 10.15 am.  The 10.15 service will also be broadcast via Zoom

  We  hope as many of you as possible will attend these service to welcome  the birth of Christ.

Zoom to Church!

If you cannot attend church, why not use Zoom to watch our Sunday 10.15 am service. The link is:

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/9158805689?pwd=OFBFY0d0MHkzdWk3SW10cHlWZHRtZz09

Meeting ID: 915 880 5689
Passcode: 6e9BKX

Please mute yourself while watching the service

Collect and Readings for December 6th - Second Sunday of Advent 

 

Collect

O Lord, raise up, we pray, your power
and come among us, and with great might succour us; that whereas, through our sins and wickedness we are grievously hindered
in running the race that is set before us,
your bountiful grace and mercy may speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, to whom with you and the Holy Spirit, be honour and glory, now and for ever. Amen

 

Readings

First Reading : Isaiah 40.1-11

Psalm : Psalm 85.1-2,8-13 (85,8-end)

Second Reading : 2 Peter 3.8-15a

Gospel : Mark 1. 1-8

  Thought for the Week                                                                               

 

 

 

Church Electoral Roll

A GDPR compliant 'names only' version of the Electoral Roll is available here

CHRISTIAN MEDITATION

Christian Meditation meetings can resume and out next meeting will be on Wednesday 9th December at 6.30 pm

 

GIVING AND DONATIONS

 

Since the lockdown started it has been  difficult for parishioners to maintain their giving through the collection plate although many parishioners  make their giving using Direct Debit or Standing Order. If you feel you would like to help St. Mary's financially please would you send an e-mail to info@penwortham-stmary.co. uk.  We will contact you to discuss which methord you woud prefer, from a one-off donation to regular giving.

DO YOU NEED SUPPORT?

If you are vulnerable or at risk and need help  with shopping, medication or other essential supplies please ring 0808 196 3646 (8am to 8pm)

RESOURCES FOR CHILDREN

 

Our Diocesan Board of Education (DBE) staff are continuing to produce some outstanding resources that can be used by parents at home.

  • ‘Off the Shelf’ RE resources which can be used by parents in the home.
  • Bible Podlets is a Bible Study and Discussion Podcast for adults to do with primary aged children. There are currently 8 episodes available to listen to, with the next episode released this Friday. The theme is ‘Bible Transformers,’ focussing people in the Bible who were transformed by Jesus.
  • The Weekly@ Lectionary resources which can help families to worship at home are on the DBE Facebook page along with lots of other great ideas. 
  • Finally, there is a Pinterest account with inspiration on activities for Easter, Pentecost and Ascension.

 

ON LINE OPPORTUNITIES FOR WORSHIP

  • Bishop Jill will lead ‘9am Worship from the Diocese of Blackburn’ this weekend. It will be released at 9am on Sunday on the Diocesan YouTube channel. But you don’t have to watch it then – it is available from that time onwards.
  • There will also be an act of worship offered by the Cathedral on Sunday morning. Simply go to their website and follow the links.
  • The Worship at Home resource is again available via the website to download and email or send on to members of your congregation.
  • For further information about parish streamed services (and churches using digital in our Diocese in other ways) start by going to this page on the A Church Near You website.

 

HELP PENWORTHAM

Will Adams and his brother have created a website called #HelpPenwortham with the aim of:

 

1. Allowing  vulnerable residents to view what food and other delivery and collection services are available locally, to reduce stress and anxieties. 

 

 2. Ensuring  our local businesses and economy can continue through this very difficult period, ensuring they can come out of this period still as vibrant as before. 

 

Browse our list of local businesses in Penwortham, South Ribble and Preston. Order food or other vital items for delivery or collection. Shop local and help to ensure the Penwortham and South Ribble economy emerges as diverse and vibrant as before.

Visit https://www.helppenwortham.com/
 

CHURCH MAGAZINE

For the first time in over 150 years we will not be printing a hard copy of our church magazine for distribution to our parishioners.  We will however continue to compile it and publish it online.  You can view our latest edition from the top of this page.

Advent

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01772 743143

07858 772421

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