Dear Visitor, welcome to this latest edition of our newsletter.
THE SINGING CHRISTMAS TREE
The Singing Christmas Tree is a major community event being held at West Bridgford Methodist Church next month. So what is a ‘Singing Christmas Tree’?
Imagine a huge, beautifully lit and decorated Christmas Tree, tall enough to hold row upon row of singers and musical performers within its ‘branches’ – we believe a first in the UK! Our Singing Christmas Tree will be almost 20 feet wide and 30 feet high and it is being used by music groups from all over the area for concerts and performances over the Christmas period. From school choirs to folk music through madrigals and choral extravaganzas – there will be something for everyone in the series of free concerts.
See attached for further details, including the list of concerts.
HOLY SPIRIT CHRISTMAS FAYRE
The Fayre is taking place on Saturday 21st November 2015, 11am-1pm. at the Holy Spirit Social Centre Victoria Road, off Melton Road, West Bridgford.
There will be Various Christmas Stalls, Tombolas, Raffle, Santa’s Grotto, and Refreshments. Fun for all the family. All proceeds will go The Sick and Retired Priests Fund. Please see attachment for more details.
IS CHRISTMAS A SEPARATE BEING?
Comedy evening at St Luke’s on Saturday 21st November at 7:30pm with ANDY KIND. tickets are £7 (£3 for 16-18’s).
“Andy Kind has been a full-time comedian for over 10 years and performed well over a 1000 gigs. Andy’s stand-up style can best be described as ‘the joyful rant of a post-30 chaos vacuum’, and he has been featured on BBC1, ITV, Channel 4. Not long after supporting Tim Vine, Andy’s first book ‘Stand Up and Deliver’ was published by Lion Hudson.”
Andy’s material is clean, it is universally accessible (not just Christian in-jokes), it is bold (doesn’t cross any lines but is unafraid to approach them) and it is definitely cringe-free. The evening is best suited for 16 years plus.
Quote from Rev. Greg Haslam – pastor of Westminster Chapel, London “We booked Andy for a 'fringe' gathering. Andy won us all from the 'get go'! His dazzling humour was pacy, real, self-critical, teasing, and hilarious! Waves of laughter from a crowd of 150 plus. He's inventive, playful, totally original. What a buzz!"
#GIRLSNIGHTIN @ ST HALLOW'S
All Hallow's Church in Lady Bay are hosting a #GIRLSNIGHTIN event on Friday 27th November. Women will be gathering for an inspiring evening of live music and life stories complete with nibbles, giggles, prizes and great company.
Through the beauty of shared stories and live music, WAWN (http://whatawomanneeds.co.uk) presents a unique opportunity to connect with all women in a relevant way. Inspiring them to be authentic in their relationships, compassionate towards others and to lead purposeful lives.
DECEMBER 12th, 11.00 – 13.00. An opportunity to show our love, care and concern for our community!
Two questions: 1. Did you know that our churches and faith groups nationwide provide social action projects worth £3 billion a year and that between them local churches and faith groups support over 47 million beneficiaries?! 2. How many folk in West Bridgford know about the range of Services and Activities provided by our churches?
This Christmas we have a chance to publicly share both the Good News and tell folk that we love them and are there to serve them in the Name of Jesus!
THIS IS THE PLAN – THERE WILL BE ... • Free mince pies and hot drinks served throughout the event (chocolate biscuits and juice as an alternative). • An Information Table, supplemented by us on the street, giving out a colourful bag containing (i) a leaflet detailing all the services and activities we offer our community. (ii) a card listing and inviting folk to our Christmas events and services. (iii) a little booklet telling the Christmas story.
• Activity tables for young ones (we have two offered so far) • A free book/CD/DVD stall • A prayer station (tent) • Massed carol singing at 11.45, 12.15 and 12.45, accompanied by our massed church musicians.
WE NEED YOU TO BE THERE!!! Specifically we need... • 400 more mince pies (we already have 220 promised). • People to volunteer to man the prayer tent and information table and one person to coordinate each. • People on the street to give away the bags. • Singers (that’s everyone!) – bring your own Bethlehem carol sheet if possible but there will be some copies there. • Instrumentalists to join the band (please state instrument). • A set- up (9.00) and clear- away (13.00) team. • Books/CDs/DVDs that you’re happy to give away.
CHILDREN & FAMILY WORKER VACANCY
St Giles are looking to employ a Children and Families worker to lead and develop St Giles’ ministries with young families in West Bridgford. We are seeking someone to lead in three key areas:
Co-ordinating the current work with children and young families. Ensuring it is ‘joined up’, that groups and activities are working in harmony with one another sharing a common vision and mission.
Extending our work with young children and their families, supporting and encouraging our existing volunteer leaders, whilst enabling further development.
Reaching out to families: • Welcoming new families; • Following up those who visit us and offering support where needed; • Identifying pastoral needs and developing strategies for addressing them.
This is a 0.7 post, salary is £22k - 26k pro rata. The deadline for applications is 30th November. More details can be found at: www.stgilesparish.com.
CHURCH PLANTING IN COTGRAVE
The Rock Church are starting their first of three church plants in the South of Nottingham as part of their '2020 vision'.
There is an open meeting on Wednesday 25th November, 6-8pm at All Hallows's Church, regarding proposed accommodation for young people in Lady Bay to be provided by Framework. For some of you resident in this community or lady bay this may be particularly pertinent, but the council have said that Whether you live in West Bridgford or not your views will be taken into account.
The homelessness charity Framework has been commissioned by Nottinghamshire County Council to provide much-needed accommodation and support for homeless young people (aged 16-21) in south Nottinghamshire. They have found what they consider would be ideal premises for the main accommodation on Trent Boulevard in West Bridgford which they will purchase subject to obtaining planning permission.