New Logo Notices, News and Encouragement for December

[A copy can be downloaded here]

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light"

Services for this month:

Time    Speaker Type Heart of House Team
4th Dec 10.30 am Tom Wethers 2nd Sunday in Advent where we worship altogether and then move into age-related groups. Stuart & Caroline Lay
11th Dec
10:30 am Andrew Bird 3rd Sunday in Advent An opportunity to worship altogether and then choose how to explore the theme in intergenerational groups Jan Durston
  4:00 – 6.00 pm Messy Church
A Christingle celebration. An informal gathering for all ages, creating Christingles and sharing a meal together.  
18th Dec 10:30 am
Trevor Ranger
4th Sunday in Advent. A celebration of Christmas where the whole church family join together in worship and learning. Liz Carter
23rd Dec 7:30 pm
Andrew Bird
Carols by Candlelight. A relaxed evening of music, carols, readings and refreshments. Stuart & Caroline Lay
24th Dec 4 – 5 pm David Stranks A retelling of the Christmas story with an opportunity to dress up. Liz & Richard Bailey
25th Dec 9:30 am Andrew Bird A family gathering to celebrate our Lord’s birth. Bring along your favourite present. Annette Foster
For the diary
Friday December 16th 6.00pm
We will be singing carols in the park opposite the church in Kingham Close.  Come and share Christmas joy with our community. We will meet back at the church for warm snacks and drinks. Father Christmas will be joining us!
Monday 19th December 5.30pm
We will be singing to the residents of Fairways Care Home and also of the flats. Please meet at 5.30 p.m. at the main entrance.
Wednesday 21st December 3.00pm
We will sing to and with the residents of Seymour House.  Please meet in the foyer at 3.00 p.m.
 [Carol Singing – opportunities to sing carols and bring some joy!  It would be helpful if you could either sign the sheet at the back of the church or contact Linda Kalbskopf if you are able to join in any of these singing events above].  
Sunday December 11th 4-6.00pm – Messy Church Christingle
A special Messy Church Christingle this month – everyone welcome.  As with all MCs - If you can spare an hour or two and can offer to help in setting up, clearing away or taking part by leading an activity, please talk to David Stranks or Richard Bailey.
Sunday 25th December - Christmas Day meal.
We will be serving Christmas Day lunch for those who would otherwise be on their own that day. There are now 26 guests on the list, but we have space for more.  Do you know anyone who might benefit from coming along?  Email or ring 01249 765868 to book their place.  For more information, please see Trevor or Jan; booking essential. 
Monday 5th December – Funeral for John Hosken [Ruth Ranger’s father]
Online funeral attendance for John Hosken (Ruth Ranger’s dad) - Webcast details for the service for John Hosken at 11:00 on Monday 5th December, at West Wiltshire Chapel, run by F W Jones Funeral Directors are as follows:  Website: Orbitus; Username - foqa7662; Password – 000775; Service details for those attending in person: West Wiltshire Chapel, Devizes Road, Semington, Trowbridge.
December 3rd from 2-4pm:  Sketching for Beginners, John Wesley’s New Room
Want to have a go at sketching but don’t know where to start? Join local artist Simon Tozer for a relaxed and friendly afternoon learning simple sketching techniques (using the New Room as a subject), followed by an afternoon cream tea. Tickets £25, including all materials. Booking for all events can be accessed via Sketching For Beginners.
Monday January 2nd 10.30am Annual New Year Walk
This January we meet at the Red Lion Carpark, Lacock at 10.30am.
Other News
Spread the word
As we approach Christmas it's vital that we communicate our Christmas programme to the community around our church. As in previous years bundles of fliers with street names will be at church from Sunday 4th December for distribution. Please take a bundle and deliver in the following days. We need to get them all out next week. Thanks.
Community Action – Warm Spaces
As the cold weather kicks in we are offering our church as a “warm space” to join other warm spaces in the town where people can come and keep warm and have a warm welcome, hot drinks etc.  We have already registered the Saturday Community Lunches with Wiltshire Council as a warm space and are planning to register our Monday morning BOCBOF as well.  But for people to take full advantage we’re looking to extend BOCBOF opening times from the current 2 hours 10.00 - 12.00 to 4 hours 10 - 2.00.  To do this we need some more volunteers!  Please do consider this as it’s a vital part of our ministry to the local community as a church.  See Mandy or Di Watts if you’re able to help.

And continuing on the warm theme: Anyone in need can ask at the library for one of these free packs.  It contains a thermal cup, a fleece blanket and a hot water bottle.  The library is one of the other warm spaces in Chippenham, open from 10am each day except Sunday.  Their first batch of free packs has already been given out, but they hope to have more soon.
Wilts Council Cost of living – Advice and Support:
We have collated a range of advice, guidance and contact details to ensure you know where to get the support you may need during the current cost of living crisis. We will keep this page updated so please share the link with anyone who may find it useful. It contains information on council tax and benefits, energy advice, housing information, mental health support, local practical help, and support available for businesses.
Funeral Service - Terry Bate [Carolyn Stell’s father]
Terry died peacefully on 25th November at Middlefield’s Care Home.  There will be a service at St Peter’s Church with details to follow. Out sympathy and prayers are extended to Carolyn and all the family.
Living Lightly 24:1
For creative and practical ideas of preparing for and enjoying the Christmas season with care for the earth, go to our website and search for the Green Christmas leaflet.  And after Christmas, consider booking collection of your tree and give a donation to Dorothy House Hospice.
The next monthly notice will be available for Sunday 1st January 2023: if you have advance notices for that edition, please send them to or leave a note for Jan Durston in the pigeonholes.