An informal family service to celebrate Christmas Day to which all are welcome. You are invited to bring a Christmas gift with you to show and tell everyone about. Feel free to come dressed in your best Christmas jumper!
Please confirm if you plan to attend in person by e-mailing our caretaker, Andrew at email@example.com.Please remember to wear a face covering
Thirty trees and a hard-working caretaker.
The festival has helped people connect regardless of whether they could meet with each other in person as well as encouraging donations to our chosen charities Guildford Street Angels and Cherry Trees UK. A big thank you to everyone who has donated and decorated the trees, making our church smell wonderful and bringing some light and cheer to visitors.
And thank you to XY Strings for providing the music!
Wayne and Lloyd went over to Clandon this morning to deliver Christmas gifts and a cheque to Cherry Trees UK, one of our supported charities for the Christmas Tree Festival. It was lovely to meet Debbie Boulter and Jane Hunnable from their fundraising team. We hope that your donations will make a difference to the children and young people with disabilities and their families for whom Cherry Trees provide respite care throughout the year.
If you missed the chance to donate before today, you can make financial donations through the Cherry Trees website.
A traditional service of carols by candle-light. The service includes a series of readings of the Christmas story filmed in a variety of locations around the church neighbourhood.
Please pre-book a place via caretaker1guildfordurc.org.uk
OPENING TIMES AND EVENTS DURING THE FESTIVAL (ADMISSION FREE)
PLEASE NOTE: the church is a COVID-secure building. Visitors are required to wear face coverings (unless exempt), observe social distancing, and provide contact details (which will be stored securely and destroyed after 21 days).
PLEASE DO NOT VISIT if you have any COVID symptoms or have been told to isolate. We reserve the right to refuse admission to anyone who does not comply with these rules, which are in place for everyone’s safety.
Enquiries: Resident caretaker tel: 07410 950207 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
LAST UPDATED: 8 December 2020 Sunday 13 December 10:30 Morning Service (all-age) Festival Service 13:00-16:00 Open to public for informal visits Tuesday 15 December 18:30 XY Strings concert (all welcome) Wednesday 16 December 13:00-16:00 Open to public for informal visits Saurday 19 December 16:00 Mini Messy Church Sunday 20 December 10:30 Morning Service 13:00-16:00 Open to public for informal visits 16:00 Candlelight Carol Service Please contact email@example.com to book a place as numbers are limited by COVID restrictions Friday 25 December 10:00 (NB NOT 10.30) Christmas Day service
The church doors are now open again.
Prayer and worship continue live or from home and through the internet and media.
We are still here for our community. For practical help and prayer requests contact our Community Worker on
07419 332074 or firstname.lastname@example.org
There are opportunities for us to worship, either live or livestreamed even if we are confined to home. There are now many opportunities to worship in the safety of your home. See https://urc.org.uk/latest-news/3385-coronavirus-worshipping-digitally
Some of you already receive email Daily Devotions from the URC and I would recommend joining this if you haven’t already done so. They are now offering a Sunday service . At 10am an additional post will go out, a radio-style / podcast service with hymns, readings, prayers and a sermon. The Sunday Service email will contain an order of service and words for you to sing along with the hymns. This is free. Just sign up at devotions.urc.org.uk or access them direct from our own web site.
Don’t forget that the BBC is stepping up the number of religious services of worship that they provide both on TV and radio.
Here are some reminders from our Moderator, Clare Downing and a prayer from the Methodist Church:
At times of bad news, remember that as church we have a good news story to share in deed and in word. In these difficult times, I pray that we will be aware of God’s loving presence with us, that we will continue to care for each other, and that we will find ways of sharing the gospel and growing in faith despite what is happening around and to us.
Please keep yourselves as safe as possible. Please pray, and continue to show the love of God to those around you. Here is a prayer, received from the General Secretary of the URC.
In the midst of a storm,
You said, ‘Peace be still.’
Bid our anxious fears subside,
Sustain your church in faith, hope and love,
Bring our nation through this tumult,
Grant wisdom to those with heavy responsibilities,
And healing and hope to those who are infected.