This year we have picked Angels as our theme and angels in the bible where simply God's messengers. So we have taken that and have used Angels to be our messengers to you. We hope you have found our little gift from us as we have placed all over the estate hundreds of wooden angel baubles for you to find and decorate and place on your tree; OR you can place a name on the back or write a prayer for someone and place it on the tree in memory of someone or as a prayer for someone who is ill. We hope that you find a little bit of joy in finding these little eco friendly gifts. bringing the message of God's love from church to your home. #comfortandjoy #Hostofangels #stcuthberts
4-6th DEC THE ANGEL SCARECROW FESTIVAL #comfortandjoy.
Our Angel Scarecrows will be made by parishioners and residents in their front Gardens and will carry messages of the Christmas story
Each Scarecrow will contain a word such as Love, Peace, Emanuel, Hark the herald, Wise men, Joy, Hope etc etc. The will also contain the #stcuthberts #comfortandjoy #angelscarecrows and will help to make a trail around the estate to bring the Christmas story to life. They may be a nativity angel/ or an everyday occupation angel such as Nurse, Doctor, plumber. police. the choice is yours but they must contain a message of hope around Christs Birth.#makingmemories2020 #comfortandjoy #StcuthbertsADVENT WINDOWS 1ST DEC What does the Lord ask of you? To love mercy, act justly and walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8)Advent is a time of wonder and waiting. Wonder at the mystery of the incarnation: The Maker of the universe born as a helpless child. Wondering what on earth God is going to do next. And in this time of expectancy- we reflect on what is expected of us as God's family. Advent is a time of waiting- but that is not a passive thing. We need to walk into Advent with our eyes wide open.
We walk through wintery weather, festive preparations, stressful busyness, expectations that can’t easily be met: common experiences that we all do. We walk through memories of other Decembers, of happy and hard times with our own families. We walk through whatever is happening in the communities of which we are part whether that’s conflict or celebration.
We walk through a world where wars are being waged and babies are being born.
We are humbled by our inability to do much about what is wrong. But we do our best: To be kind, caring, to understand, the meaning of mercy. We do our best to be even handed, to act justly. We are helped in this by walking with other people, friends, family and Strangers- and we learn from all of them. Most of all we are helped by the knowledge that God walks with us.This year where going bigger and its Advent Windows!
Here in St Cuthberts we are looking forward to our Advent windows. This is a new way of engaging with our community and gently spreading God's message, whilst participating in our community in a new and exciting way. In essence we are making our parishes into a life size Advent calendar and hopefully we will walk through them too!
Each day at 6pm throughout Advent, a different household will unveil their decorated windows to display a Christian Christmas Carol. (See list below). They will light it up in some way (even if it’s just the rooms normal light) so that it can be seen by the path or road outside.
For those of you who are on Facebook, there will be a special page linked to St Cuthberts page that will be for the Advent Windows this will place each day’s window at 6 pm so those of you who prefer to do the trail from the comfort of your home, this is the Facebook page for you! There will be a small reflection too as we look at each days Carol. Something to help us slow down even if for a few moments.
I am also hoping that some parents may like to take their children around the trail which will be around the estate and they can also see the the Angel scarecrows as they go. see below for the carols and the trail it will also be on Facebook page (Roads only no numbers of houses). and at the back of Church.
It is a wonderful way of telling God's story through images in the windows and showing God's love through hospitality to your neighbours and wider community.
I hope this becomes a new tradition in the parish and that we will spread Christ's love in an interesting and caring way to our community.
2020 Christmas Carols
The Angel Gabriel from heaven came - Woodlea
Once in Royal David’s city- Hatfield close
Angels from the realms of glory- Tewkesbury Close
Deck the Halls with boughs of holly- Zander Grove
O Holy Night - Tewkesbury close
Ding Dong Merrily on High- Nightingale road
God rest ye merry gentlemen - Carville way
Hark the herald angels sing – The Pines
It came upon a midnight clear Staplehurst Ave
10. A boy is born in Bethlehem- Seaton Close
In the bleak mid-winter – Nightingale close
O come all ye faithful- Ashtree Grove
Away in a Manger- taken - Topcliffe grove
Joy to the world - Ashtree grove
I saw three ships on Christmas day taken - Mere view close
Holly and the Ivy - Shirley and Meg – Nightingale Close
O Little town of Bethlehem taken - Chaucer Drive
See amid the winter snow – Nightingale Close
Silent Night – Inglewood
The first Noel -Lindisfarne drive
The Little Drummer boy - Sandicroft Ave
While shepherd watched their flocks by night - Crucian Way
We three Kings of Orient are - Ledbury Ave
See Him lying in a bed of straw (Calypso Carol) Crucian way
DEC 5TH AT 5pm 'Community Carol Service and Big Sing'. Meet us (socially distanced of course) at the School on Saturday 5th and join us as we meander around the Estate taking in some of the Scarecrows and some of the Advent windows and Carolling to our neighbours telling the story of Christ's birth and life through the Carols we sing.
<span style="font-size: 1rem;">Keep your eyes peeled to find one of our little Jesus pebbles or as we like to think of them as #Jesusrocks They can be placed in a manger at home or under the tree or brought back to our </span>Christingle<span style="font-size: 1rem;"> services see next paragraph for more details. They can then be placed as a cairn in the service and later be used in an Easter reflection garden.</span>
19th December 3pm and 5pm Christingles!
Join us in church for these wonderful Christmas Services in aid of the Children's Society. Booking is essential and can be done on Eventbrite just search St Cuthbert's Christingles - we suggest 3pm for under 7s and 5pm for over 7s. Orange and candle will be provided and sweets will be in a packet to ensure they are covid secure. We will also be giving a Chocolate angel to continue the Host of Angels theme we have adopted this year.
Dec - 4pm- Join us on Christmas Eve at 4pm by opening your doors and singing Away in a Manger- let's make a community memory this 2020
<span style="font-size: 1rem;">Verse 1</span>
Away in a manger, no crib for His bed
The little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head
The stars in the bright sky looked down where He lay
The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay
The cattle are lowing, the poor Baby awakes
But little Lord Jesus, no crying He makes
I love Thee, Lord Jesus! Look down from the night sky
And stay by my side till morning is nigh
Be near me, Lord Jesus; I ask Thee to stay
Close by me forever, and love me I pray
Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care
And take us to Heaven to live with Thee there
DECEMBER 24th 11:30 pm First Holy Communion of Christmas - Booking essential on Eventbrite
DECEMBER 27th 6pm Holy Communion - Booking Essential
May we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Healthy 2021! May God bless us everyone!