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Sunday 28th November 2021

Welcome to Mirfield Team Parish

The First Sunday of Advent

Year C begins


Today’s Services

Sung Eucharist: 9.30am at St. Mary’s Open Church 2pm - 4pm

11.15am at St John’s

Hymns: 45 26 vs1 42 666 47 41

Please remember that singing is to be done gently rather than at full volume and that whilst singing FACE MASKS ARE ALWAYS TO BE WORN except by the choir.

When visiting St Mary’s please do not park on the driveway stone flags at the front and left side of St Mary's as there are big chunks of stone breaking from the tower ledge. It’s also very dangerous for anybody to walk in that area.


Mid Week Said Eucharist:

Wednesday 10am at St Mary's.

Thursday 10am at St John's

To book a place at St John's for either Sunday or Thursday services please email [email protected]

The PCC have given their backing to Graham’s plan to provide Christmas Hampers for those in need and Christmas Lunch for those who would otherwise be alone on Christmas Day; people will be referred by Kirklees Welfare Division and by Pinnacle Homes.

If you can support Graham’s venture, donations of food (both every day and Christmas fare), Christmas gifts and money towards the cost of the meal, will be very much appreciated.

On Sunday 5th December there will be a Coffee, cake and craft event in St Mary’s after the service, aimed at raising money for the initiative.


Real Advent Calendars

for sale in church or contact [email protected] to order one. £4.75 each and contain a Christian Christmas activity book, Fairtrade chocolates and tells the Christmas story throughout Advent. Please note, these are no longer available in supermarkets! If paying cash, please put in an envelope marked 'Advent Calendars'.


Messy Christingle -

Saturday 4th December 2021

2pm to 4pm

St Mary’s Church

Make a Christingle and hear the Christmas Story

CREAT CELEBRATE COME TOGETHER

For families and individuals of all ages and stages

FREE EVENT - DONATIONS WELCOME

Contact: Revd Cindy 07741 407385 for more information

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Advent book suggestion.

Advent, like Lent, is a good time to take on something extra like a study group or to read a book. There are lots of good books out there but one we would recommend for this Advent is ‘Seven Sacred Spaces’ by George Ling. If you are able to read this we will by looking to organise a meeting in the new year to discuss the book.

Seven Sacred Spaces: Expressing Community Life in Christ

Book by George Lings

Too often people's understanding of and engagement with 'church' is reduced to corporate worship, when it is so much more. George Lings identifies seven characteristic elements in Christian communities through the ages, which when held in balance enable a richer expression of discipleship, mission and community. In the monastic tradition these elements have distinctive locations: cell (being alone with God), chapel (corporate public worship), chapter (making decisions), cloister (planned and surprising meetings), garden (the place of work), refectory (food and hospitality) and scriptorium (study and passing on knowledge). Through this lens George Lings explores how these seven elements relate to our individual and communal walk with God, hold good for church and family life, and appear in wider society.--Publisher's description.

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Covid precautions update

November 2021

Our Covid response group met this week to review what we are doing to minimise the risks of the spread of infection in our churches. We were pleased to note that the precautions in place seemed to be effective and congregations were doing all they could to protect the vulnerable by giving space and wearing face coverings. Below is the advice given by the NHS which still gives these as two important precautionary measures. We would continue to recommend that people follow this advice but beyond that recommendation it is up to each individual to decide what they do in any given setting.


Looking ahead we are now more confident about providing children’s activities during our services and aim to start these again in the new year. The same is true of the provision of refreshments which we also would like to reintroduce, with all necessary precautions, in January.


The group also looked at the special services we will be holding over the Christmas period and have produced a programme which we feel will allow for full celebration in as safe a way as possible.

Advice from NHS

Do

get vaccinated against COVID-19 –

find out how to book your COVID-19 vaccine

· meet people outside if possible

· open doors and windows to let in fresh air if meeting people inside

· limit the number of people you meet and avoid crowded places

· wear a face covering when it's hard to stay away from other people – particularly indoors or in crowded places

· wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day

Don’t

· do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

With every blessing,

Hugh.

For Our Prayers

Prayer of Spiritual Communion Thanks be to you, Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits you have given me, for all the pains and insults you have borne for me. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, I ask you to come spiritually into my heart.O most merciful redeemer, friend and brother, may I know you more clearly, love you more dearly,and follow you more nearly, day by day. Amen.

We pray for those suffering in body, mind or spirit

Pat, Carol, Ian, Jake, Naomi & Mia, Lynne, Michael, Barbara, Eryl, Stephen, Angela, Karen, Sheila, Stephen, Kevin, Martyn, Colin, Dennis & family, Alan & Ang, Syd, Louise, Andrew, Wendy, Sarah, Krystian, Margaret, Trevor, Nicholas, Brian, Andrew, Jimmy, Claire, Charles, Paul & Dorothy, Barbara, Judith, Dorothy.

We pray for those who have recently died and their families

Rita Pollard, Shirley Chambers, Matthew Jake Roberts,Rita Ellis

The funeral of Rita Pollard will be at St Mary’s on Monday 6th December at 1.30pm


We pray for those being baptised in November

Bobby Arthur James Woolhouse Edward Matthias Thornhill Kenworthy Ivy Grace Nichols


From our Parish Prayer List

Our Ministry and Pastoral Teams, our Church Wardens and all members of the PCC and committees.

For all the children’s work that is done through our Parish.

For our doctors and nurses and all who work in our health services.

For the work done by Christian Aid.


Our Licensed Lay Pastoral Ministers

Barry Hambling 01924 493884 Val Walker 01924 493174 Kath Crossley 01924 515496


If you would like anyone to be added or removed from our prayer lists please contact Janice Barker 01924 503530 [email protected]