Leesfield Parish – 16th December 2018
Our traditional service of Nine Lessons and Carols is at 6.30 pm this evening at St Thomas’. This is a very special service for all the parish, with readings, carols and musical items, and refreshments with mulled wine afterwards in the community room. Please do come along – children are welcome too as it’s not a late service. The raffle for the Christmas Hamper will be drawn after the service, so if you haven’t already got your tickets today is your last chance.
A group of us will meet at 6 pm on Monday the 17th to sing Christmas Carols around the village, which is a brilliant way of taking Christmas out to people who may not be able to get to church, and then at 1 pm on Saturday the 22nd we sing at Lees Co-op. Families are especially welcome to join us, as the older people especially love to hear the children sing – and they are far better at collecting money too! All of the money which we collect from our carol singing goes to the Booth Centre, which provides essential support for homeless people in Manchester. We also take your generous gifts of socks, hats, scarves, gloves, food and toiletries there to support their Christmas appeal, so please do buy a little extra Christmas present to help them.
If you haven’t already seen the information at the back of each church about what may be the best way for you to donate towards our work, please do have a look. Many people no longer carry cash, so you may wish to consider alternative ways of giving to support us.
There will be no printed newsletter for the next couple of weeks, although there will be some updates to our website, facebook pages and by email with all the latest news. Services for next Sunday the 23rd December will be at the usual times, and all of our Christmas services are shown below. The Tuesday Holy Communion services at St Thomas’ will not take place on either Christmas Day or New Year’s Day, but lifts up to St Agnes’ for the Christmas morning service can be arranged. On Sunday the 30th December there will be a Parish Eucharist at St Thomas’ at 10 am – no service at St Agnes’ on this day.
Items for the newsletter, website and facebook pages to Liz (firstname.lastname@example.org) whenever you want to send. Lots of lovely pictures please! There are so many really wonderful events happening at this time of year, and it would be great to share them with everyone.