Pews News – November 2016
† St Andrews
Proclaiming Christ in Clewer
Pews News: November 2016
Welcome, in the name of Jesus Christ, to this house of prayer.
The season has changed, the clocks have gone back and the nights are drawing in. With the mild weather so far, it doesn’t really feel like November. How wonderful the trees look as the leaves change through shades of red, orange and yellow, our dog certainly loves chasing and jumping for the fallen leaves. Our church year is drawing to a close, we say farewell to Year C. The season from All Saints to Christ the King is technically not a ‘season’, but it is a time for us to reflect on the Reign of God and our calling as God’s Kingdom People.
We all have our favourite Saints but we don’t see ourselves as Saints! Saints are ordinary people who do extraordinary things. They lived their lives as people who reflected God’s loving, compassionate, just and liberating life, they lived as Signs of the Kingdom. For all that has been…. Thanks!
This ‘season’ then offers us an opportunity to look back, take stock, to give thanks and to prepare to move forward as we prepare to celebrate the birth of the child Jesus – God with us – at Christmas.
For the life of the church at St Andrews and St Agnes… we give thanks.
How has God guided and led you in the past year? What do you celebrate and give thanks for?
We celebrate what has been – and begin to plan next steps in our journey as God’s Kingdom people here in Clewer.
As a worshipping community we have had our ups and downs lately with church buildings, but we have been working together and growing together in faith. Together we are listening and learning about our community and the world around us. How can we best serve God, each other and our neighbours? Here and now changes are happening, seeds are growing, more commitments are being made and the only way is up!
So, living as Kingdom People, we begin our new adventure… taking church to school. As the new liturgical year begins this Advent, November 27th, so our Church@School project begins. Each Friday, at 3.30pm, we will be at our parish school, Clewer Green, learning God’s story, worshipping together, singing, praying and having fun! It is open to all families and is another style of ‘church’.
A new opportunity to serve and Proclaim Christ our King here in Clewer. For all that will be…pray!
With blessings Revd Rosie
Services for the Month of November
1st Sunday – 6 November– 3rd before Advent
8am Said Eucharist
10.30am All Age Family Eucharist
readings Luke 20.27-38
5pm Evening Prayer
readings Ps 40; 1 Kings 3.1-15; Romans 8.31-end
Friday 11 November – Remembrance Day Service, 10.45 at the War Memorial Clewer Rec
2nd Sunday – 13 November – 2nd before Advent
10.30am Mass for Peace
5pm BCP Evensong
readings Ps  97; Daniel 6; Matthew 13.1-9, 18-23
3rd Sunday – 20 November – Christ the King / Sunday next before Advent
10.30am Parish Eucharist with incense
readings Jeremiah 23.1-6; Colossians 1.11-20; Luke 23.33-43
3pm Children’s Church (Child-centred Holy Communion)
5pm Evening Prayer
readings Ps 72, 1 Samuel 8. 4-20
4th Sunday – 27 November – Advent Sunday
10.30am Parish Eucharist
readings Isaiah 2.1-5; Romans 13.11- end; Matthew 24.36-44
6pm Advent Carol Service and Blessing of the Posada
Wednesday 30 November –St Andrews Patronal Eucharist, visiting preacher Fr Paul McLaren-Cook, from Ascot Priory.
Midweek Services in November
Fridays 9.30am Prayers & Bears, St Andrews Church
For your prayers
Healing Prayers: Peter Dennis, Jack Trigwell, baby Blake, Jim Allen, Roy Taylor, Rob Turtle, Jasmine, Phoebe, Sam Evans, Nora Fenlon, Pam and Alfred Tardiff, Joan Bull, refugees, prisoners and the homeless.
Those who have died:
Parish Cycle of Prayer: Please pray for all those who live and work in:
Little Buntings, Tyrell Gardens, Duncroft, Perrycroft, Ryecroft, Rydings, Ellison Close, and Addington Close.
For our Parish School, Clewer Green First School, Headteacher Martin Tinsley and the governors.
St Andrews patronal festival falls on a Wednesday this year, 30th November. We will be holding our festival Eucharist, with bells and incense, at 7.30pm and our visiting preacher will be Fr Paul, Warden of Ascot Priory. With refreshments afterwards. We look forward to seeing you all at this great celebration.
Church Cleaning -Friday afternoons at 2pm
Bell ringing – Tuesday and Friday evenings at 7.30pm
Children’s Church and Church@School, our new outreach project – helpers required please. Services for children and families are proving to be very popular. We need your help to set up, make refreshments, clear away and most importantly, to welcome families. This is all part of Living and Loving at St Andrews. Please see the Rector.
Bible Challenge continues on Wednesday evenings in church until….Advent study – this year we will be reading Advent in Narnia. Please see the notice at the back of church if you would like to sign up for a book and/or join us. We will be meeting on Wednesday evenings, starting 23rd November, although the next meeting will be Thursday 1st Dec, due to the patronal festival on 30th.
Advent giving – bringing Hope to others. This year we will be supporting a local charity called First Days www.firstdays.net. It supports children and families especially at this time of year, there is quite a lot of information on their website and a short film to watch. They have asked for new pyjamas and slippers for children aged 2-7. Please bring donations to church on Advent Sunday 27th November. Thank you
Christmas Quiz Night at St Agnes 3rd December 7.30pm. Back by popular demand! raffle prizes please, if you have anything suitable please drop it off at church. Food this time will be chilli beef/vegetable chilli and bread, to warm us up! Get your teams of 6 at the ready or come along and join a table. Sign up sheet in church, £10 on the night.
Building update – we have ‘lost’ some lead from both St Andrews and the Lodge, please keep your eyes open to anything you may think is out of the ordinary around the churchyard. We are warm again! And we have a date for the removal of the organ at last. St Agnes hall is gradually drying out and the leak fixed but the work will be ongoing and we are not able to use the hall until further notice.
Harvest Giving – Thank you for all your donations for harvest this year. The Windsor Homeless Project have sent a letter of thanks and gifts of money went to the work of USPG. We will be have visiting speakers from each of these charities during Advent. Thank you again.
Remembrance Service – This year our main act of Remembrance will be held on the 11 November at 10.45 am at the War Memorial Clewer Rec. And our service at church on the Sunday will be a Mass for Peace, to include reading the names those who have died in war. We still live in a world where there is war and members of the Armed Forces are still being killed or maimed, so we need to pray for peace more than ever. Please join us for both if you can.
POSADA –Making Room for Jesus this Christmas
Posada is an old Mexican tradition where young people dressed as Mary and Joseph travelled from house to house in the weeks leading up to Christmas, telling the story of the birth of Jesus. Modern day Posada uses nativity figures of Mary and Joseph who travel from place to place around the Parish. Wherever they spend the night, they bring the message of Christmas, and invite their hosts to make room for Jesus at Christmas. Meanwhile the Shepherds are in the fields and the Wise Men are studying the stars.
With the struggle of the refugees constantly on our minds, please use this opportunity to take Mary and Joseph into your home for the night. Sign up sheet is at the back of church.
Sundays in Advent – Each week we will be have visiting Speakers/Preachers, please come along and welcome our guests and enjoy hearing from somebody else instead of the Rector!
Advent/ Christmas flyers. These will be available on 13th November, please help deliver them to all the households in the Parish. Bob Lester will bundle as usual, let’s get the info out there in good time this year!
If you would like to add any information or notice for December Pews News please email to Revd before the 24th November.
Revd Rosie Webb, Rector
St Andrew’s Rectory
16 Parsonage Lane.
Tel: 01753 852334
Parish website: www.standrewsclewer.org