St. Mary Magdalene’s Church, Essendine – Dec 2021

Season’s Greetings

I would like to wish you all a very happy, healthy and peaceful Christmas. We look forward to welcoming visitors old and new to our Christmas Services.

Our thoughts and prayers this month are with The Children’s Society, for all the good work they do. We pray particularly for all the children suffering in Afghanistan this winter and the volunteers trying to support them.

To all those who are ill at home or in hospital our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. We remember especially those whose loved ones have died this year, for whom Christmas will be a lonely time.

We had a lovely visit from the High Sheriff of Rutland, David Wood and his wife Jeffy. They enjoyed hearing about the history of the church, joining the luncheon club for a meal and meeting local businesses.

CHRISTMAS CHURCH RAFFLE : As we are unable to hold our Christmas Coffee morning, we are holding a raffle instead. The prizes are a wonderful selection of Christmas Hampers for you to enjoy. The draw will take place at 4pm on Sunday 19th December in Church following the Carol Service.

Tickets will be available from me and members of the Church Council.

FAMILY SERVICE: Sunday 5th December at 10.00am. This is an all age service lead by Katy and Anne. Refreshments will be served after theservice. Everyone is very welcome to attend.

CHRISTMAS CAROL SERVICE SUNDAY 19th DECEMBER AT 3.00PM: Join us to celebrate the start of the Christmas Season. We are holding aservice of Readings and Carols. Everyone is very welcome. Refreshments will be served after the service.

CHRISTMAS DAY: A service of Holy Communion for all the family will take place at St Mary’s Church on 25th December at 9.00am. A very special way to start Christmas Day. Everyone is most welcome.

Please check page 16 for all the service times and dates for December.

Katy Parkinson (Churchwarden)