2015 CHRISTMAS CHARITIES
The Mission Committee is asking the congregation to nominate small, local, deserving charities who would benefit from the proceeds from our Christmas services this year.
We shall vote for 2 charities from those given and the money divided equally.
Any names please to Sylvia or any member of the mission committee by Sunday 6th December. It would be helpful if, with your nominations, just a couple of written lines could be provided as to what the charity is all about.
​Thank you Sylvia Rae (Treasurer)

THE MEMORY CAFÉ at Emersons Green Library
Thursday 10th December – between 3.00 and 4.00pm
We have again been invited to help those at the Memory café celebrate Christmas. This will involve talking to those suffering memory loss and their family/carers, helping to reminisce about Christmas memories and to sing some carols together. If you would be able to come long and help, please speak to Teresa or Sally. Thanks


CAROL SINGING AT LYDE GREEN
This will be on Friday 18th December @ 6.00pm, hopefully around the Christmas tree on the Green. Singers & musicians do have a word with David or Teresa if you are thinking of coming along. Thanks


RESOUND FOOD BANK –December Shopping List
Twinned Puddings, Milk, Tomato Sauce, Juice, Instant Mash, Boxed Soup, Shaving Foam, Cold Meat (NOT Corned Beef) and Tinned Potatoes.
They would particularly welcome donations of new toiletries, small fancy chocolates or sweet treats, umbrellas, and men’s gloves and hats
Many thanks to all their supporters (Page 12 December “Downendvoice”)


ADVANCED NOTICE _-_ NEWSLETTER
There will be a combined newsletter printed for Sunday 27thDecember & Sunday 3rd January 2016. Please ensure that I receive anything that you wish to be included in this newsletter by lunchtime Tuesday 22nd December at 41 Blackhorse Rd Tel 9560328 or email daleanddale@talktalk.net Thank you

MONDAY HOUSE GROUP -tomorrow 7th December 10am @ 67 Colliers Break,
​ at the home of Roger & Jackie Long

FLOWERS FOR CHRISTMAS
We will be decorating the church for Christmas on Friday 18th December from 10.30am – 12 noon. As usual we shall be using mainly red flowers with plenty of foliage, holly etc, and Christmas decorations.. There will be a list on the shelf by the main door for you to sign if you are able to help Also flowers or donations towards expenses will be gratefully received. Thank you Jane Turner

A DATE FOR YOUR DIARIES
A meeting at the Vicarage on Thursday 21st January @ 7.30pm to discuss the possibility of holding another Easter Experience leading up to Easter 2016

​ **SUNDAY 13th DECEMBER
Messy Church Nativity will take place at the Church Hall @ 10.30am starting with bacon rolls and mince pies! ALL ages welcome to this special service when Children’s Church will be sharing their Nativity Play offering. Any child can come dressed as an angel or shepherd. Hope to see you all there. Sally Sibley.

FROM OLIVER JEFFERIES – MOVEMBER
“I am collecting money for Bowel Cancer UK this month.
This is something that has affected a number of members of our church family, so if anyone would like to sponsor me, you can do so online at www.justgiving.com/OllyJefferies or feel free to give cash and I will ensure it will go to the charity. Thank you” (Olly Jefferies)

BELATED THANKS from Margaret Griffin
“I would like to say a very big thank you to all friends and members of St James for the generous gift and flowers I received on moving away. I have only just moved into my new flat which has been completely redecorated, its good to no longer be living out of a suitcase. I shall miss St James, having been a member for over 40 years, but I have so many happy memories. Thank you again and God Bless you all”

PLEASE PRAY FOR…

We continue to pray for all those known to us who are unwell at this time, perhaps it may be a family member, a friend or a member of our family here at St James. We pray especially today for Terry Bailey, Sonia Fleet, Sue & Paul Godwin, Jason Hamilton, Sheila Harris, Joan & Roy Howe, Jed, Danielle James, Chris Llewellyn, Chris Millett, Marion, Neil, Joyce & Edwin Prescott, Ryan Price, Imogen (Shirley Green’s granddaughter),Gwen Blagg & Geoff Gifford
God is only a Prayer away, and we can reach Him every day, if we but lift our hands in prayer, and place ourselves in His loving care. – Helen Steiner Rice