Sunday 17th December 2017
3rd Sunday in Advent

All-Age Service at 10:30am

Lead: Isobelle

Readings: Psalm 126, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24, John 1:6-8 and 19-28

Talk: Sandra E

THE COLLECT FOR THIS SUNDAY

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 join us for a cuppa after the service


NEXT SUNDAY

Sunday 24th December 2017
Christmas Eve

Communion Service at 10:30am

Lead: Rev Christy & Dave E

Readings: Psalm 89:1-8, 2 Samuel 7:1-11 and 16, Luke 1:26-38

Talk: Obi


Communion Service at 11pm

Lead: Isobelle

Readings: Psalm 98, Hebrews 1:1-4, John 1:1-14

Talk: Dave E


PRAYER FOCUS FOR THIS WEEK

  • Pray for the sick, especially Len, Alphonsus, Matthew, Edward and Jeff.
  • Pray for all those who live in Ammonite House and those we met during the Parish Outreach.
  • Pray for all Church Wardens and give thanks for the work and devotion of the men and women who carry out this important task.
  • Pray for all Christmas events and all those who we will meet and those who will visit the church.
  • Pray for all those who will be on their own this Christmas. May they discover fellowship at their local Church and be made aware of the love of God.
  • Pray that Christmas season will offer us more opportunity to discover God with us - Emmanuel.
  • Pray for The Prime minister and the government for wisdom as they work on Brexit and other national needs.


Are you going into hospital, ill or recently lost a loved one: Please ring the Vicarage Office on 020 8221 0902. Our Parish Administrator is in the office Monday-Thursday 9:30am-12:30pm. At other times, please leave your message and Rev. Christy will pick it up.



Scripture for the Week: John 1:6-8

There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.


Christmas clipart

NOTICES & INFORMATION

Sunday 17th December: Candle-lit carol service & nativity play at 4:30pm

Monday 18th: Stratford Rising Stars - meeting tonight at 6pm for their Christmas party. This will be the last meeting before Christmas.

Wednesday 20th: Morning Prayer at 9am & coffee at 10am

Parents & Toddlers Group: Next meeting is at 10:30am on Wednesday 10th January 2018.

Bible Study Group: will meet again at Len's house at 7:30pm on Wednesday 10th January 2018


CHRISTMAS NOTICES:

Please collect your Christmas Services & Events Slip from the Welcome Desk:

Sunday 24th December: Sunday Communion service at 10:30am

Sunday 24th December: Christmas Eve service with Holy Communion at 11pm

Monday 25th December: Christmas Day Service at 10:30am

Sunday 31st December: New Year's Eve service at 11pm with Holy Communion. This is a combined service with St Saviour's; please speak to the Wardens or Rev. Christy if you require a lift.




Our Vision for St Matthew's

We are a church centred on prayer, worship and scripture & committed to God and to each other. Jesus's example motivates us to love, care for and support those in our local community and the wider world. We welcome everyone into our community of faith and aim to encourage and inspire so that all may flourish and grow.

Please read the Notice Board every week for St Matthew's events for 2017 & 2018.

The Food Bank: Please use the Box provided. See Noticeboard for full list of items needed. Please give to the less privileged.

You are invited to Sunday morning prayer at 10am.

Giving is part of our call to discipleship. You can give and support the Church regularly by setting up a Standing Order for St Matthew's Church. See Isobelle for information.

Facebook & Twitter: You can now follow what's happening at St Matthews by following us on Facebook & Twitter, keep yourself right up to date!

Saturdays 9:30am-10:30am: Come and pray for St Matthew's

Visitors & New Members: Please sign our Visitors Book and collect a Welcome Pack.



Talk to Rev. Christy about: Baptism, Wedding, Bible Study and Volunteering. See Our Contact page for how to get in touch