Carols Round the Town: There is another opportunity for ‘Carols Door to Door’ and this is tomorrow, Saturday December 19th. Already well-rehearsed from the last two days of carol singing round the town everybody who wants to continue and new volunteers, will need to meet at Barling House, Hiham Green for 5.15pm. This has been well-timed to finish before the Ellis Brass concert begins at 7.30 in the evening. The carol singing is in aid of the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and in particular for the benefit of the children’s unit and if you would like a specific visit from the singers the number to contact is 01797 223241.

Ellis Brass: Don’t forget this Saturday December 19th is when the young brass quintet Ellis Brass will be playing Fanfares, Fugues and More in St Thomas’ Church. The concert is arranged by Winchelsea Arts and begins at 7.30pm and tickets are £12 each from Winchelsea Farm Kitchen.

Christmas services: at St Thomas’ Church will be led by Rector Robin Whitehead and will begin with the Nine Lessons and Carols candlelit service. Everybody invited and do arrive in good time to ensure a seat on Sunday December 20th at 6pm.

Crib service: The Travelling Crib with Mary and Joseph will be delivered promptly for the Crib Service in the church on Christmas Eve December 24th at 4pm. Families, children and friends are always welcome to come along and join in this celebration.

Midnight Eucharist: On Christmas Eve in an atmosphere of lit candles, tinsel and anticipation the midnight Holy Communion service will proceed in the church, so Come all ye Faithful. The annual service is from 11.30pm for one hour and welcomes in the day that celebrates Jesus Christ’s birth.

Christmas Worship: On Christmas morning there is a joint service for Winchelsea, Winchelsea Beach and Icklesham Churches. The service takes place at 10.30am in St Thomas’ Church and is a reminder of the true meaning of Christmas.

Church Market: The first Church Market of 2016 will be on Saturday January 2nd at 10.30am till noon. This is a good time for some after Christmas chat over coffee, tea and good company. Fresh produce will be on sale and hardback books ready to begin the year peacefully despite unpredictable weather reports. December’s Market raised £340 and all proceeds go towards church funds.

God and man: The singing of Joy to the World opened the celebration of Advent in Wesley’s Methodist Chapel last Saturday morning. Plenty of friends from Bexhill to Rye came to sing and hear the readings of the Worship Leaders conducted by Fairlight’s Keith Miller on the keyboard. The readings included a retelling of the historical record and genealogy of Jesus Christ the Son of David and the Son of Abraham from Matthew 1:1. This record is organised into three sets of fourteen generations starting from Abraham to Isaac and Jacob through to David then Solomon from whom Joseph the legal father of Jesus was descended to Jesus who was begotten by the Holy Spirit. Matthew’s record synchronises with Luke’s record (chapter 3:23-38) which shows Mary’s lineage back to Nathan son of David and brother of Solomon and continues further back to Noah the son of Lamech and finally to Seth the son of Adam which was the son of God. Everybody listened, many enthralled as the genealogy was read out (totalling 77 generations). Thus proving the Lord Jesus Christ is the Messiah as foretold in the scriptures and reminding how low He the Lord God stooped to come into this world to save the human race. During the service a collection was taken in aid of Action for Children which supports neglected children and their families. Finally it would not have been complete without tea, coffee and mince pies and these were generously served to all who came along.

Winchelsea Beach

Morning Worship: Next Sunday December 27th the Holy Communion service will be as usual at 9.15am in St Richard’s Church. However the timing will change as from January 2016 when the Morning Prayer service will be on the second, third and fourth Sundays in the month only and starting slightly later at 9.30am.

First Sunday: On the first Sunday of the month starting on January 3rd the Evening Prayer service will continue as usual at St Richard’s Church. This will be at the normal time of 3.30pm and be led by the Rector Robin Whitehead.

May I wish you: God’s blessings for a happy Christmas followed by a peaceful New Year!

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