Advent and Christmas

During Advent the Church calls us to a special period of preparation, through prayer, self-examination and teaching.

What follows offers several opportunities of different types to engage in such preparation for the coming of Christ.
May you use this season to deepen your faith, perhaps through a familiar discipline or something new, and so be ready to greet our Saviour on Christmas morning.

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;
Those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
upon them light has dawned.
For to us a child is born and to us a son is given,
And the government will be upon his shoulder.
And his name will be called: Wonderful Counsellor;
The Mighty God, the Everlasting Father; The Prince of Peace.
Extracts from Isaiah in A Song of the Messiah,

Canticle 25, Common Worship, Daily Prayer 


PRAYER GROUP

Leader: Val Manson

Dates: Thursday Dec 5 and Thursday Dec 19

Time: 10.30am until 11.30am, with coffee afterwards

Programme: This group meets monthly throughout the year to pray for the Parish and its concerns.
New comers especially welcome in Advent,and at other times of year.

Venue: For details and to register please telephone 01285 655900


 EXPLORING ADVENT THEMES (in the pub! - where else?)

Leaders: The Vicar and The Reverend Paul Springate

Dates: Mondays December 2, 9, 16

Time: 8pm

Venue: The Crown, Cirencester

Programme: Advent theme: The Coming Kingdom

Registration: For details and to register, please email revpaul@cirenparish.co.uk or telephone 01285 659024 (land line)or 07748 846164 (mobile)


SPENDING TIME WITH BENEDICT

Leader: The Reverend Rosemary Franklin

Dates: Tuesdays Dec 3 and 10

Time: 4pm, followed by Evening Prayer at 5pm

Venue: Cirencester Parish Church, Catherine Chapel

Programme: Advent explored with St Benedict

Registration: For details and to register, please either email revrosemary@cirenparish.co.uk or telephone 01285 654282


 BOOK GROUP

Leader: The Reverend Katie Richardson

Dates: Fridays November 29, December 6, 13, 20 at 10am

Dates: Fridays November 29, December 6, 13, 20 at 7.30pm

Programme:

This group will read together In the Bleak Midwinter - Through Advent and Christmas with Christina Rossetti, by Rachel Mann

Venue: For details and to register please email: revkatie@cirenparish.co.uk or telephone 01285 652576

Copies will be available for collection in the Parish Church bookshop


EXPLORING ADVENT THROUGH MUSIC

Leader: The Reverend Katie Richardson

Dates: Saturdays November 30, December 7, 14, 21

Time: 10am until 11.3oam

Programme: Exploring Advent Through Music

Venue: For details and to register please email: revkatie@cirenparish.co.uk or telephone 01285 652576


CHRISTMAS SERVICES

Parish Church

December 1 Advent Carol Service, 6pm

December 14 Shoppers Carol Service, 11am

December 14 Dressing of the Christmas Tree from 2pm onwards, followed by Dedication of the Christmas Tree, 4.3opm

December 22 Nine Lessons and Carols, 6pm

December 24 Crib Services, 2pm and 4pm

December 24 Midnight Mass, 11.30pm

December 25 Book of Common Prayer Service, 8am

10am Common Worship Service

December 26 Morning Prayer, 9am

Eucharist, Noon followed by Bring and Share lunch

Holy Trinity Church, Watermoor

December 15 Christmas Carols, 6pm

December 22 Eucharist and Nativity Play, 10am

December 24 Christingle Service, 6pm

December 24 Midnight Mass, 11.30pm

December 25 Christmas Day Service 8am

December 25 Christmas Day Family Service, 10am

St Lawrence Church, Chesterton

December 13 Carol Service, 6pm

December 25 Christmas Day service, 10.00am

Contact details

The Parish Centre, Gosditch Street, Cirencester, Glos. GL7 2AG

Tel: 01285 659317
E-mail: enquiries@cirenparish.co.uk

Books of Remembrance can be seen at the Parish Church and Holy Trinity.

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