Celebrate Christmas with us!
There's all sorts going on.
Our services in December
Our special Christmas services are on this poster!
Sunday 8.30am: traditional said communion (In the building only)
Sunday 10am: morning worship with something for everyone, including junior church (primary school age) and creche (preschool), and coffee afterwards (In the building and on Zoom link)
Monday 10am, morning prayer in the building ( communion on 13th December)
Sunday 12th December, 6pm: Our carol service - traditional style with a few twists! Followed by mulled wine or hot chocolate and mince pies
Sunday 19th December 6pm: Carols at the Cleveland Bay - make sure you book a table with the pub.
Monday 20th December, 1230pm - Carols after cafe
Wednesday 22nd December, 10 am
Friday 24th December, 3pm - come dressed as a character (everyone - but children especially!) and enter into the manger.
Every Monday, 11am - 1230
Every Wednesday 9am - 1030, with craft for toddlers
Take Time meditation
Wednesday 1st December, 1040am after café: live in the building
Wednesday 15th December, 8pm on usual Zoom link.
24th December 1130pm: First communion of Christmas
25th December 0830am: Said Communion service
25th December 10am: All age service followed by communion
We're so ready to be back together at Christmas!
Tradition with a twist...
Current Covid guidelines
Let's keep each other safe.
Here's where we are with current Covid restrictions.
As we all know, there's no law to restrict us at the moment, so it falls to the incumbent, in discussion with wardens, to decide on the level of restrictions. And we're all in very different situations with different views - it's a great opportunity to grow grace amongst us!
Covid is becoming endemic in the population - we need to live with it. But it's still not the gift anyone wants for Christmas, especially not long Covid, and rates are high. So, here at St Francis, we will continue to wear masks (if not exempt) at 0830 and 10am services, in order to enable as many as possible to join us and feel safe. We'll continue to ventilate the building well, too, so please wrap up as the weather gets colder. We'll also continue to have coffee outside when the weather allows.
In meetings, it will be up to the group to agree whether or not masks are worn. If you are especially vulnerable, please arrive early and make sure the meeting leader knows your situation, so they can ask others to wear masks and enable a seat by the door.
Please don't be shy to let us know what you need to be able to join us in person - and to recognise it may not be the same for everyone.
What if you've been in direct contact with a Covid case? Though you aren't legally obliged to isolate if vaccinated, please do stay away from church activities so that we can protect each other. I appreciate that those of us at/in schools don't have this luxury. But here in church we do - so let's carry on doing our best to help everyone feel safe, along the lines of Paul's advice to the Corinthians, in the context of eating meat or not: 'Since you are free to do as you please, be careful that this does not hurt a weak [immunologically speaking!] Christian. (1 Cor 8:9 NLT)'
Church with activities and cake!
Join us at 10am on December 22nd!
Our Messy Christmas comes to cafe on Dec 22nd - join in!
There'll be provision for our 0-11s every Sunday at 10am
Our vision for our junior church is that it should be a celebration! So come along and join the party.