The Rector writes- ‘Welcome to the season of Advent, a season of wonder and waiting. We will be lighting the first of our Advent Candles today. You’ll notice that there are 5 candles in the wreath. 3 purple, 1 pink and 1 white. Each of the Sundays in Advent has its own ‘theme’, remembering in turn; the ‘Patriarchs’, the ‘Prophets’, ‘John the Baptist’ and the ‘Virgin Mary’ the common thread being that each of these sets of people prepared for the coming of Christ. On this 1st Sunday we recall the ‘Patriarchs’ (Abraham & Sarah, our ancestors in faith, David the ancestor in whose city Jesus was born) and then next week we continue with the ‘Prophets’ and so on. The purple candles (Sundays 1, 2 and 4) reflect the liturgical colour for Advent, the pink candle is used on the 3rd Sunday, often called ‘Gaudete Sunday’, which means ‘Rejoice’ Sunday! Finally the white candle is lit, recognising that Jesus, Light of Light, has come among us. I wish you all a peaceful and reflective Advent as we prepare ourselves to remember the incarnation of the Light of the world.’
TODDLERS PLUS ONE GROUP continues on Monday, December 3rd. This group of Toddlers plus ‘one’ (Mum/Dad/Minder) meet each other in St Mary’s Church Hall from 10am ‘till 12 for playtime and chats with a cup of tea/coffee thrown in. Contact the rector for details or just turn up!
MONDAY CLUB GROUP also continues on Monday, December 3rd. Adults who are free from 3pm to 5pm on Mondays are invited to St Mary’s Church Hall for a cup of tea/coffee. Our aim is to gain a little knowledge from each other as we chat. We are currently looking at how to use the internet and other computer stuff. Contact the rector for details.
MIDWEEK COMMUNION SERVICE 10.30am every Wednesday in St Mary’s Church. The first Wednesday of each month will have special prayers for the work of the Mothers’ Union followed by refreshments after the Service. All Welcome.
JUNIOR CHOIR meets in St Mary’s Church from 6.30 to 7.15pm each Thursday night. All school going children welcome. Contact the rector or Hilary Dring for more details.
ST JOHNS HOME GROUP meets at fortnightly intervals. The group is using the Crossway Bible Guide “Discovering Luke’s Gospel” by Simon Jones (1999), Leicester and is available to purchase at €6. The next meeting takes place on Wednesday 5th December at 8pm.Note change of day!
POSADA-The sign-up form for the ‘Posada’ (the journeying of Mary, Joseph & Donkey figures around the parish homes during Advent) is in the St Mary’s Church Porch.
Mothers’ Union and Friends Christmas Lunch – Tuesday, 11th December at 12.30 in Hassetts Restaurant in Crosshaven. Please contact Hilary Dring 086-3680513/4378439 to confirm your attendance. We need numbers by the 7th December. ALL WELCOME TO JOIN US!!!
Would Mothers’ Union members who wish to make an donation to the Overseas Fund this year please give it to June Hosford or Val Andrew. Latest date for doing so is the 11th December at our Christmas Lunch. Thank you.
If anyone has small toys for the church toy bags could they kindly leave them to the parish office during working hours or simply leave them in the church porch on Sundays and they will be sorted and added to the bags. Thank you!
A walking group meets on a Monday morning at 11am in the car park opposite the Bosun in Monkstown. It is open to everyone and for all levels of fitness. The emphasis is on fun and friendship. Further details by contacting Sandra Mc Loughlin on 087 1315393 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Theological Book Circle met on Wednesday 15th to discuss the Philip Yancey book. All were agreed that it was a great book, easy to read but very profound and thought provoking. The new book chosen is ‘Christianity with Attitude’ by Giles Fraser (Canterbury Press Norwich 2007 ISBN 978-1-85311-782-4) and we meet at 8pm in the Rectory on Thursday 31st January to discuss. All welcome.
Concert- Friday, December 7th at 8 p.m. in St Peter’s Church, Bandon. Proceeds will go towards the upkeep of St Peter’s Church. Taking part will be Clonakilty Brass Band, Bandon Grammar School Choir, Glaslinn Ladies’ Choir, Orla Fogarty (Soprano) and students of the County Cork School of Music (CCSM).
Garryduff Sports Centre Rochestown (Tel: 021-4891978) welcomes you to a Christmas Family Fun Day on Sunday 16th December – 2pm-6pm – Books, Toys, Cakes, Face painting, Mulled Wine & Mince Pies, Santa’s Grotto – Adult’s €2.00 Children FREE!
Wanted: A temporary part-time childminder. Hours vary each week due to shift work. Possibly 7-9am max 2 days a week. 13.50 till latest 20.30 max 2 days a week. If shifts fall on a weekend may be no work that week. If any child sick on a work day may need collection from school or minded for school hours. Mainly afternoons are Tuesday to Thursday. 3 children in infant room and 1 in sixth class. Driving essential. Contact no. 0834208090.
EAPPI Don’t forget to pray for Kate Cargin as she experiences day to day life as an Ecumenical Accompanier in the West Bank. You can find out more about Kate in Palestine by going to her blog site at www.kateinpalestine.wordpress.com. We will get a chance to meet her in person when she comes to speak to us at our services on February 17th 2013.
Allotments For Rent-Join Carrigaline Allotment Group at Thompson’s Farm, Aghamartha, (near Carrigaline, on the Fountainstown Road). Grow your own veg and fruit, enjoy the exercise, half and full plots available. Call or text 087 7090899 to arrange a viewing.
Dec 3rd Toddlers Plus One 10am in St Mary’s Church hall Monday Club 3pm in Church Hall.
Dec 5th Monkstown Home Group. 8pm.
Dec 6th Junior Choir at 6.30pm in St Mary’s Church.
Dec 8th Saturday Evening Service 7pm in St Mary’s followed with refreshments.
Dec 19th Carrigaline Community Carol Service at 7.30pm in our sister parish of Our Lady and Saint John.
Dec 23rd Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols in St John’s Church, Monkstown. 4pm.
Dec 24th Carols around the Crib in St Mary’s Church. 4pm.
Jan 31st Theological Book Circle. The Rectory at 8pm
2013 dates for your diary
March 1st World Day of Prayer at 8pm in St Mary’s.
May 17th –19th Pentecost Flower Festival in St Mary’s Church with the theme ‘Fruits of the Spirit.’