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NESTON COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS DINNER
Don't be alone this Christmas. Join us at 12.30pm at the URC Community Hall in Parkgate Rd for Christmas Lunch and entertainment FREE of charge. Transport is available if needed. Please ring 336 1468 to reserve a place or email nestoncommunityxmas@gmail.com
    
SENIOR CITIZENS CHRISTMAS AFTERNOON
All are welcome on Wednesday 19th December twix 1.30pm and 3.30pm at Neston High School for Sherry, Mince Pies and entertainment. Please call 336 3902 to reserve a place.               
                                                                                                                                                                                   

UPDATE ON "ARKLIGHT"

 Plans for Wirral Ark's new project for rough sleepers are well advanced. Ten venues across the Wirral have offered to provide emergency overnight accommodation for up to ten guests each per night. More than 150 people have volunteered to help at evening, night or morning shifts. If you would like to be involved please contact jackie.snell@wirralark.org.uk. I can provided more information if you want - telephone me on 01513361418. 
Arklight wish to providewinter care packages. Take a large ziplock bag and fill it with the following: Toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, deodorant, gloves, hat, lip balm, plasters, socks, tissues, wetwipes and shower gel.  I will take any bags you may wish to donate to the shelter on request.

Thank you for helping the homeless people of Wirral. Chris Storer 336 1418

   
       

ADVENT JOURNEYS

During Advent there will be changing tableaux under the altar in St Mary & St Helen depicting the journeys of that first Christmas. We shall be using these themes for Stay and Play on Friday mornings and it is hoped they will help visitors, both occasional and regular to participate in these amazing journeys

WEEK 4 (Fri 21st to Mon 24th)          
THE SHEPHERDS       
Luke chapter 2 v 8-20 

   “An angel came down from the Lord and said: I have good news. This very day a Saviour was born for you.”v9-11

                                                    

NESTON SINGERS CAROL CONCERT
Fri 14 Dec 7.30pm at United Reformed Church, Parkgate Rd
Tickets £6 including refreshments from Singers members, Allisters Opticians, John Evans Shoes or on the door. Hamper Raffle with proceeds to Northern Lights Children’s Charity.                          Diane Millington 336 7192

PARISH PRAYER GROUP – 5pm Fri 14thDec
We meet in St Mary and St Helen. The theme will be Growth. Everyone very welcome.  

WOMEN’S BREAKFAST – Sat 8thDec
Come and join us for a Women’s Breakfast 8:30 for 9am at Neston Methodist Church. Enjoy a Special Continental Breakfast, fellowship, and a short talk by Irene Pendleton on ‘Why Meaningful Chocolate?’ To help with catering numbers, please contact annekitchener@googlemail.com  Len Sloan 336 7501

MOTHERS’ UNION
16 days of activism against gender- based violence
This is an international campaign which takes place 
each year from 25 November (International Day for
the Elimination of Violence against Women) 

                                                   

  

CHRISTINGLE – 4pm Sun 2ndDec

This lovely annual candlelit Service in St Mary & St Helen, supporting the work of the Children’s Society, is next Sunday! The Candle tubes for collecting your money are in our churches. Please tell all those who might like to join us for this special Service. All families and all ages are very welcome to this informal service where you receive a Christingle for the start of Advent.
Help to make the Christingles would be much appreciated at 10am on Sat 1st Dec in St Mary & St Helen. Thank you.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT – Thurs 6th Dec 7-9pm

In the Parish Church with the Port Sunlight Seadogs,followed by mulled wine and mince pies. Tickets £7.50are now on sale from Carol and Doreen or on the door.                                                                                                  Carol Stott 336 1312

CHURCH BOOKSTALL

There is a bookstall in Neston Parish Church for the next four weeks. There are some Advent meditations, year books and a number of books for children. There are also diaries, Advent candles and some Christmas cards. Please support this initiative - the books are supplied by the Christian Bookshop in Birkenhead. Many thanks.   
                                                                                         Elizabeth Joyce 336 1144                                                                                                  

HELP THE HOMELESS THIS WINTER

Wirral Ark are preparing to run a "Rolling Night Shelter"across several venues in and around Birkenhead to help the people who will be on the streets this winter. They are recruiting volunteers to serve food and/or to act as befrienders. We will work in shifts and need only do one session a week. Training sessions are being held on: Wednesday 5th December 6pm-9pm and Saturday 8th December 10am-12.Please let me know if you are interested - no commitment at this stage - or speak to Jackie Snell T: 0151 378 6787.Thanks.
                                                                                         Chris Storer 336 1418                                                                                                          

PARISH CHRISTMAS FAIR

It’s just around the corner! On Thurs 6thDec7-9pm we have a concert in the Parish Church with the Port Sunlight Seadogs, followed by mulled wine and mince pies. Tickets £7.50 from Carol, Doreen or on the door. The Fair itself is on Fri 7 Dec9.30am-1pm. Your donations would be gratefully received for the following stalls: Tombola, Raffle, Toys, Sweets, Cakes (on the day). Please start collecting suitable items as this is a major fund raiser for our Parish as well as being a fun event.                                                  Carol Stott 336 1312

MOVEMBER

Several of our men - including our Vicar - are growing moustaches to raise funds "To stop men from dying too young”. Please sign up to sponsor them: there are forms in each of our churches. 

A big THANK YOUto all who supported our coffee morning last Thursday. We raised £200.                                                                           

                                                                                            Chris Storer "Wirral Whiskers Captain"                                   

ADVENT CALENDARS
Order forms are now in our churches. Please enter your order TODAY

SHOE BOXES 2018
Thank you to those who have already returned shoe boxes.  I would like to remind those who are still shopping/filling boxes that they are due back in NO LATER than SUNDAY 4th NOVEMBER. Thank you.                                                                                                        Kath 3362723           

CONGRATULATIONS REVD JOSH
On Thurs 18thOct, Revd Josh Askwith was Inducted as Padre to 2375 Sqdn (Neston) Air Cadets Royal Air Force by the Wing Padre Revd Peter Bradley. Josh then conducted a service to admit new recruits to the Squadron. The ceremony was witnessed by family members of theCadets.Our congratulations and best wishes to Josh on his new appointment.                  Church Wardens

CHILDREN'S SOCIETY BOX OPENING TIME!
Please hand your box to me or to one of the churchwardens. If you are unable to bring your box to church please telephone me. Alternatively, you can open it yourself and let me have the cash or a cheque made payable to The Children's Society. My thanks to you all for your support.                                                                          
                                                                                              Edna Storer 336 1418             

BEREAVEMENT GROUP
The next meetings are: Tues 13th Nov at St. Michael’s. Tues 11th Dec is our Christmas Lunch at The Royal Oak in Lt Neston. In the New Year meetings will be on the 2nd MONDAY of the month starting on 7th Jan 2019.                                                        Miles Webb 

MOTHERS’ UNION OVERSEAS LUNCH
A big thank you to all who supported this event to raise money for the work MU do around the world in 84 countries. £140 was raised and will help displaced people rebuild their lives after civil wars and fund literacy and financial educational programmes for impoverished communities. If you would like to join our local church group, please give me a ring.       Pat Clarke 336 3759                                                   

CAROL SERVICE – Sun 16thDec
If you would like to join our Choir and sing at the Nine Lessons and Carols, our rehearsals are 6.30pm on Wednesdays.                                               Please contact Kath on 336 1208

WIRRAL FOODBANK
Birkenhead and Wallasey distribution centres urgently require volunteers to support the work of the Wirral Foodbank. If you would be interested in volunteering please contact ‚Äč
                                                                                 Liz Appleby on 0151 638 7090

Parish News up-dates
If you or any parish group have any news, topics, updates for Prayer & Action please forward them to Angela Klabou on 336 6312 or klabou@btinternet.com or place your information into the Parish Church Letter Box or Letter Rack near the West End Bushell Gates.
For the Parish News and website contact Terry 336 4492 or terryabel@talktalk.net 
It is so important to let our parishioners know what is going on in church and the parish.

PARISH PRAYER GROUP
All are invited to the first Prayer Group meeting on this Fri 21stSept at 5pm in St Mary and St Helen, lasting about 30 minutes. Meetings will be monthly, but time and place will be flexible to suit group members. Likewise, the styles of prayer used will develop as we learn more about prayer together. The focus of the first group meeting will be praying for the mission of the church in Neston.  If you are interested, but can't make Fridays, please let me know.                                                                      Lesley Irvin (lesley.irvin@gmail.com; 353 8840 evenings

JOURNEY INTO LIGHT
9-12th October 2018 at Chester Cathedral

An exhibition of artwork produced by prisonersfrom HMP Styal and HMP Thorn Cross, Cheshire.The hope is that by seeing the creativity of prisoners and hearing their stories people will better understand some of the choices, mistakes and circumstances that they faced in their lives.

SABBATICAL
Revd Judith Calvert will be on Sabbatical until the end of October. Please pray for her during her break from ministry in our Parish.

 

Garden Party 2018 

 

COLLECTION PLATE CARDS

Cards have recently been produced for parishioners who pay by standing order. Please collect yours from the basket next to the hymn books. Once put on the cash collection plate they will be part of the Offertory and be presented at the Altar. This is to acknowledge and offer a blessing within the Offertory Prayer for the financial resources we return to God, being mindful that all we receive comes from God. At the end of the service the cards will be returned to a basket by the Hymn Books ready for the next time. The cards are due to be in the churches this week ready for this development of our Planned Giving scheme to begin. Thanks to all involved in this initiative.

Parish News up-dates
If you or any parish group have any news, topics, updates for Prayer & Action please forward them to Angela Klabou on 336 6312 or klabou@btinternet.com  or place your information into the Parish Church Letter Box or Letter Rack near the West End Bushell Gates.
For the Parish News and website contact Terry 336 4492 or terryabel@talktalk.net 
It is so important to let our parishioners know what is going on in church and the parish. 

 

 



 

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