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28th November 2021


   PREACHING SERIES: Advent


Advent 1

Looking ahead with hope


 

8:30am Book of Common Prayer Holy

 Communion in Church

Presiding: Rev'd Anne Mitchell

Preaching: Rev'd Anne Mitchell


10:30am

  Morning Service with 

Holy Communion

& the Spring 

Join us in church, or watch the livestream   
Leading: Rev'd Pippa Ford

Preaching: Rev'd Anne Mitchell

Presiding: Rev'd Anne Mitchell

Prayers : Rev'd Pippa Ford

For anyone in church who would like prayer after the service, it will be available in the Hall

6.30pm Churches Together in Camberley
Praise and Prayer
Mince Pies and Mulled Wine

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Click on here for the link to : 8.50am Morning prayer - Monday to Friday 

Morning Prayer in Church on a Wednesday Morning at 9.00am

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Rev'd Pippa Ponders

Advent Sunday is this coming Sunday – it signifies the end of the Church Year and the beginning of the new one. Advent runs all the way up to Christmas.

It is a time where we wait in hopeful expectation not only to celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmas but also in expectation of Christ’s triumphant return when his Kingdom will be fully realised here on earth. It is a season where we prepare our hearts – not in repentance, a turning away from the things of this world towards God, as in Lent - but by opening our hearts up to the wonder of Christ. By acknowledging that he is Lord of our lives and He alone can restore hope in our hearts.

So I wonder what you are hoping and waiting for this Advent? Maybe it is a longing to see family, or help to cope with the financial pressures of this season, or a longed for job, or healing from an illness. God sees the longings in our hearts and as we put him first in our lives, he makes a way through for us whatever we are facing.

 I’ve had quite a bit of time to ponder over the last 6 weeks as I’ve been slowly recovering from Covid. The problem is, and those of you who have had Covid will know this well, I also have Covid brain! My thinking and processing have definitely slowed down alongside my physical ability to do things. So, this Advent, I am waiting and hoping for continued gradual, or even sudden, improvement – both physical and mental.

 But as I wait, I know that God has been at work in my heart during this time, showing me the things that are important to focus on and those things to let go. It’s been a time of just being with God, resting in Him and trusting that He really is large and in charge. Although being ill has not been pleasant that slowing down of life’s often frenetic pace has been a gift.

 I wonder this Advent instead of getting busier and busier as we approach Christmas, can we all find helpful ways to press pause and be. Moments each day  – stopping to look at the frost on the plants and trees, taking time as the sun sets each afternoon to pause with God, perhaps setting a daily alarm on our phones to remind us to pause, stop and even say a prayer. It does not need to be complicated but just a recognition that we don’t have to do everything, that we can rest and trust in God, after all we are called human beings for a reason.

 Let’s take time to BE in Advent, to wait with expectation, and to encounter more of God’s hope through the power of the Holy Spirit inside each one of us. 

With love,

Pippa.

 

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Upcoming Dates for your Diaries
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 ADVENT, CHRISTMAS AND BEYOND AT 
ST MICHAEL’S, YORKTOWN

Christmas 2021
Everyone with faith, or none, very welcome!
Please note 8.30am Communion Service every Sunday during December.
SUNDAY 5th DECEMBER 
     10:30am All age service with action songs – Looking ahead with Hope
MONDAY 6th DECEMBER   
  7pm Christmas Craft Evening – Come and make and chat – over 16s only - wine, juice and chocolates provided!

SUNDAY 12th DECEMBER  
10:30am Family service with Communion -  Looking ahead with Hope
3pm Reflective Christmas service and tea  -  for those who find Christmas difficult
SUNDAY 19th DECEMBER    
 10:30am Family Service  - Looking ahead with Hope
3pm Come and Sing Carol Service – all ages welcome to help form a choir for the day!     
FRIDAY 24th DECEMBER 

 3pm Crib service with a LIVE donkey – dress up and join in the nativity
11:30pm Midnight Service – come and celebrate as we welcome Christmas morning

SATURDAY 25th DECEMBER
8:30am Christmas Day Communion Service
10am All Age Christmas Celebration service

SUNDAY 26th DECEMBER
10:30am Simple Communion Service
SUNDAY 2nd JANUARY
  10:30am All age Service –  Hope Lives
SUNDAY 9th JANUARY
   10:30am Morning Family service with Communion –  Hope Lives
3pm  Christingle Service for Epiphany – Come, make a Christingle,  and dress up as the kings who came to see Jesus


Would you like to give to St Michael’s Church?

We would really love you to join with us in supporting our ministry here in Camberley.

At St Michaels we are:

  • A growing community exploring faith and open to all.
  • A church who want to Share God's love in our church and wider community
  • Seeking to bless the community by running and growing our children's and youth work 
  • Developing our wider ministry and exploring fresh ways to connect with our town. 
  • Committed to looking after our beautiful church building as a peace-filled place of prayer and worship for Camberley
  • Supporting mission locally and abroad to help others know God
We are totally reliant on giving to support our work, so thank you for your generosity


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    No-one needs to feel alone or isolated

We meet for prayer by Zoom every weekday morning at 8.50am   weekday daily prayer by zoom

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Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Mornings 9.30am - 12.30pm

  Phone:  01276 23602 

If you leave a message this will be answered as soon as possible

or Email anytime  office@stmichaelscamberley.com

Sue Nichols - Parish Office Administrator

Funerals, Weddings, Baptisms & all Pastoral needs 

Vicar,  Revd Pippa Ford

Phone 07814 847 436


Email Vicar - Revd. Pippa Ford


Revd Anne Mitchell:    07770848276

Email Revd. Anne Mitchell  

Charity Number: 1132852


Safeguarding

The PCC of St Michael's is committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of everyone within our community. Particular regard is given to the care and protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults.  We are fully committed to the protocols set by the Diocese. Diocesan Safeguarding Advice is available from:-Jackie Broadfoot on 07918 559387. For further information please see the Diocesan Safeguarding website.

Safeguarding our children and vulnerable adults is very important to us. You can read about our safeguarding policy (including contact details for our Safeguarding Officer) here  

Lone working policy  Click the link

Are you a survivor or victim of church related abuse? Could you help the Diocese of Guildford to learn from the past and protect the future?  Click the link

Our Safeguarding Officer is Hilary Turner, and she can be contacted on 07747301716  and at   hilaryjturner@hotmail.co.uk


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