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Notices for 12th November 2017


Sunday 12th November 2017,

Third Sunday Before Advent, Year A

Welcome to Christ Church

Notices: Sunday 12th November, 3rd Before Advent, Year A

Services today: 9.30am Eucharist; 11.30am All Age; 6pm Evening Prayer

Services in the week

Wednesday: 9.10am Toddler Service

Services next week – Sunday 19th November, 2nd Before Advent, Year A

9.30 Eucharist; 11.30 Messy Church; 6pm Evening Prayer

Toddlers Playgroup

Wednesdays: 10-11.30am

Parish Office: FIRST Saturday of each month 9.30am – 11.00am in church re baptisms, passport applications, weddings. NB £13 fee for each baptism certificate; please pay when booking. Next Parish Office Saturday 2nd December 2017. For more info: tel: 02083190067 or email

Financial Giving Making a commitment to Christ Church by regular giving is welcomed – set up a standing order to Christ Church PCC, sort code 30-99-88 account number 00160666 Please include your house number and Post Code as a reference (and if a tax-payer, please, sign a CC Gift Aid form) or ask about the envelope giving scheme. Thank you! Planned Giving Secretary: Sharon Onyango

Ministry Team –

Mtr Ariadne van den Hof (Vicar) 0208 8565858, 07833 446101

Sue Peach (Reader) 07795 630 813 // Lynn Webber (SPA) 01322 553 557


Sue 07795630813 //


Wendla Nyakambangwe //

Hall hire contact Victoria:

CC Facebook Page:

CC Twitter: @ChurchOnOurHill

CC Website:

Do take this leaflet home with you.

FREE refreshments in hall between and after the services.


Sunday 12th November 2017

Third Sunday Before Advent, Year A

Welcome to Christ Church

Please, help us to create a prayerful atmosphere before the service. Thank you!

If you are new please fill in a sheet (blue basket @ door). We welcome children in church. We now have a children’s corner at the side of the church where they will find toys, books, colouring, activity sheets and a play mat for babies. If they become noisy, it might be an idea to take them out until they settle.

Introit Hymn 193 Hail to the Lord’s anointed

The Collect

Almighty Father, whose will is to restore all things in your beloved Son, the King of all: govern the hearts and minds of those in authority, and bring the families of the nations, divided and torn apart by the ravages of sin, to be subject to his just and gentle rule; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

First Reading Wisdom of Solomon 6: 12-16

Wisdom is radiant and unfading, and she is easily discerned by those who love her, and is found by those who seek her. She hastens to make herself known to those who desire her. One who rises early to seek her will have no difficulty, for she will be found sitting at the gate. To fix one’s thought on her is perfect understanding, and one who is vigilant on her account will soon be free from care, because she goes about seeking those worthy of her, and she graciously appears to them in their paths, and meets them in every thought.

Second Reading 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18

We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have died. For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will by no means precede those who have died. For the Lord himself, with a cry of command, with the archangel’s call and with the sound of God’s trumpet, will descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the air; and so we will be with the Lord for ever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.

Gradual Hymn 566 Ye servants of the Lord

Gospel Matthew 25: 1-13

Jesus spoke this parable to the disciples: ‘The kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a shout, “Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.” Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said to the wise, “Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.” But the wise replied, “No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.” And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, “Lord, lord, open to us.” But he replied, “Truly I tell you, I do not know you.” Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.’

Offertory Hymn 529 Wake, O wake

Communion Hymn 528 Wait for the Lord

560 Will you come and follow me?

Post Communion Prayer

God of peace, whose Son Jesus Christ proclaimed the kingdom and restored the broken to wholeness of life: look with compassion on the anguish of the world, and by your healing power make whole both people and nations; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

Thanksgiving Hymn 153 Give me joy in my heart

Working Party

Thank you to all who helped with Working Party, yesterday!

Vision Document and Survey

Over the last few weeks, the PCC’s vision document has been handed out after church services. We hope you have had a chance to read it. We would very much like to have your comments. Please, would you complete the short survey and hand it in before the end of this month? There is a box in church. Thank you very much.

St Nicholas Fayre

Our next fundraiser will be on Saturday 9th December, 3-6pm. There will be lots of activities for children (biscuit making; face painting; treasure hunt). St Nicholas will visit us and there will be a disco for children. Please, put this date in your diary.

We could use some helpers on the day. Is there anyone who could help set up beforehand or help put things away afterwards or who could help with stalls and activities during the event? Please, don’t feel you have to be there for the whole event. If you could spare an hour during or afterwards, that would be brilliant!

Also, we would love contributions to the drinks tombola, the children’s tombola and the raffle. If you are able to help, please, would you let Olivia know ( or Mtr Ariadne ( Thank you!

Church Stall At PAFA Fayre

Lesley Archard is organising a church stall at the PAFA Fayre on 1st December. She is looking for toiletries and for candles in jars for the stall.

Christmas Lunch

We will be having a Christmas Lunch at the Red Lion on Saturday 16th December. If you would like to join us, please, let Olivia know ( or Mtr Ariadne (

Carol Service

This year’s Carol Service will be on 17th December. Every year, the choir is joined by temporary members, who join just to help with the Carol Service. If you would like to join the choir for this occasion, please, let Marion Lee ( or Caroline Lester ( know. Thank you!

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