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THIS SUNDAY AT ST JOHN'S 


10 am Livestream Service
Streamed on our website and on YouTube
Bible reading: Luke 1:39-45
Title: The expectant mums
Please note: Next week's Live-stream will have an all-age feel to it.

2 pm Bake-a-long Gingerbread Nativity
Going live on our church website and YouTube channel. 

6 pm Facebook Live Event
Online and interactive, continuing the teaching series on 1 Peter.
Bible reading: 1 Peter 4:1-11
 
Message from Mark Francis
I think you are aware that we took the decision not to re-open the church for a congregation at our Sunday services until the New Year, and the news today about tier 2 restrictions in this area means we will stick with this decision. However, we still have a full Christmas program of events, starting this weekend with the Gingerbread Nativity and followed closely by the Virtual Advent Calendar (shorts video produced by different members of the church released each day at 7 am through advent).

We are also optimistic about holding the Open Air Nativity Experience outside at the Village Hall on Sunday 20 December in the afternoon. This will be an opportunity for the church and the community to come and experience the good news of Jesus's birth. Come and meet the donkey, visit the stable, interview the shepherds and request your favourite carols. 

In the run-up to Christmas 2020, I am praying for us all that the wonder of God's gift of a Saviour may be just as meaningful - if not more so - than ever.  
 
CHRISTMAS 2020
Here are some of the things we have planned to celebrate Christmas this year:
 
GET INVOLVED FOR ADVENT
Either by making a decoration for the church Christmas tree to be added in the live-stream services. And even better if it is a decoration linked with the Christmas story! Please drop them off in the box in the vicarage porch.

Or by making an advent calendar video to be shared online. The requirements are that videos are less than 2-minutes and you have to open a door (any door) and have something behind it about your favourite part of the Christmas story. This is a great way for us to share the real meaning of Christmas far and wide. Email Tim Dullaway about this and be as creative as you llke! 
 
Tune in with your ingredients at the ready to join Chefs Sarah and Mark from the vicarage kitchen. Please invite children and families and people of all ages to take part in this creative (and tasty!) re-telling of the Nativity Story.
 
Tree of Light Service 
 
Sadly St John’s is unable to host a Tree of Light Service this year.

 St Catherine’s Hospice will be holding an online
 Tree of Light Service on Sunday 13th December at 4pm.

This service will be available on the St Catherine’s website or via their Facebook page.

We will be putting up our TREE OF LIGHT outside the church and you are most welcome to come along at any time from Friday 11th December to hang your star. 
 
 
CHURCH PRAYER WEEK
There's a last few opportunities over the coming days to join the Sussex Gospel Partnership daily zoom events at 7:45-8:45 pm this evening, 1:30-2:30 pm on Friday (repeated at 7:45-8:45 pm) and 9:15-10:45 am on Saturday. It has been such an encouragement to join with others from many different churches across Sussex this week.
Here is the link to join these zoom events.
 
Christmas Cards
As we are not meeting together in church at the moment, can we suggest not exchanging Christmas cards with church members this year, but instead donating to a local charity.
 
COMMUNION ON ZOOM

 On every third Sunday of the month at 11:30 am
 
A PRAYER FOR THIS WEEKEND 

Dear Lord: Use me this weekend to serve and pray for others as we meet online as a church. Equip all who are involved in different ways at our services and event this weekend by the power of the Holy Spirit. Stir up people’s hearts to put their faith in you and may the message of your Word bring real joy and hope in these challenging times. Amen.