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What's on - Sunday 25 November 2018 onwards

The 'Happy Singers' group meets this Wednesday at 7pm in church. There's an open invitation to everyone who enjoys singing and making music with other people.

Grand Draw tickets are now available. Please see Mavis. Please take a book and sell on each ticket for £1. Money and stubbs can then be returned to Mavis.

Christmas Bazaar - THIS SATURDAY—1st December, 12-4pm.

Please think about whether you have any of these things at home that you'd like to give:

Toys

Tombola prizes

Bottles

DVDs

Books

Bric a Brac

Raffle Prizes

Home produce (please sign the list at the back of church)

Offers of help - to run stalls, set up, clear up etc - gratefully received (please sign the list at the back of church or speak with Sue C, Liz T, or Andrew W).

Our Advent Carol service will take place next Sunday, 2 December (Advent Sunday) at 4pm. All very welcome!

A member of our congregation, Ingrid, is volunteering in Calais from 11-15 December for 'Help Refugees'. Ingrid is collecting:

- sleeping bags,

- waterproof winter jackets, small/ medium

- gloves , scarves and hats

- socks, all small sizes and dark colours

All still in good condition

These can be dropped off at 2 Banbury Rd, E9 7DU, or brought to church on 2, 9 Dec. Ingrid's contact details are: 07708 015 883

or email ing1966vanloo@gmail.com

Paul Higgins will kindly be holding his COFFEE MORNING at 4 Mongers Almhouses on Sat 8th December. Please save the date.

There will be prayers for healing as part of the 10am service on Sunday 9 December.

Festival Chorus Concert - 9 December - Handel's 'Alexander's Feast'. 7pm. Free entry, retiring collection.

St Mary of Eton, Hackney Wick is putting on a fundraising concert on Friday 14 December, 7pm (tickets £15, £7.50 concessions). The choir of Eton College is coming to give a concert entitled 'An Eton Christmas'. All welcome!

The next CHURCH CLEANING will be Saturday, 15 December, 9.30-11.30am. Please note that this is not the usual first Sat of the month.

Christmas Services

- Carols & Readings for Christmas:
6pm on Sun 23 Dec

- Crib Service:
4pm on Mon 24 Dec

- Midnight Eucharist:
11pm on Mon 24 Dec

- Christmas Day Service:
10.30am on Tues 25 Dec

Some people choose to give to the church using weekly envelopes. If you use envelopes - the new ones for 2018/19 are available now. Please tick the list when you take your envelopes. If you'd like to join the envelope scheme, please choose a number that doesn't have a name next to it - and put your name on the list. Thank you!

Please have a look at the Creationtide display at the back of church. Many thanks to Gerry for putting it together.

Congratulations to all those who were confirmed on 3 Nov in St Paul's Cathedral: Buabowon (Kate), Esther, Alexander, Ashley, Chantelle, Cheryle, Devon, Sapphire, Jasmine, Jack.

Night Shelter date before Christmas: 1 and 22 December. It won't be taking place this year at St Luke's, Homerton Terrace, but at St Mary's, Stoke Newington. If you'd like to volunteer and there are any of the dates above that you know you can't do, please email John Alty asap on johnhm.alty@gmail.com

Gill is fundraising to buy a 'Prayer Bus' (an adapted, good quality second hand minibus) to provide spiritual and pastoral support for refugees in Calais. The fundraising target is £10,000. If you would like to contribute online please go to:

https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/refugee-prayer-bus

or go the Justgiving homepage and search for 'Refugee Prayer Bus'. Donations can also be made by cheque or in cash, so please speak with Gill if you would like to do that.

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