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St Marks Heyside
December 2017

Friday 1st December 2017 18:00Confirmation Rehearsal
Sunday 3rd December 2017 09:00Thought for todayJames' introduction to todays readings.
10:30Sunday Morning Eucharist at 1030am
15:00Heyside Christmas FestivalHeyside Neighbourhood Councils present their Christmas Festival on Bulcote Park. Father Christmas, Childrens entertainer, games, festive food and drink plus refreshments and Carol singing.
Monday 4th December 2017 09:00Wibbly Wobbly Playgroup - Mums and Toddlers groupThis group has recently moved across from the Heyside United Reformed Church. All are welcome.
13:30Sit and get fit!Chair based exercises.
Classes are held in the Lower Hall at St Mark's Heyside and are led by fully qualified instructors who specialise in exercise for older adults.

Classes are safe. effective, social and fun. The class starts with a gentle warm up followed by exercises that work the whole body.

Ring 0161 207 7000 for more information
19:30Confirmation ServiceConfirmation led by Bishop Mark at St Mark’s. Please come along and support our candidate, Isabella Mayers
Tuesday 5th December 2017 09:30Morning Communion Service
Wednesday 6th December 2017 12:00Rivington Barn - Christmas Lunchtime PartyLunch at 12 noon, Entertainment by John Norcott at 2pm, leave at 4pm
13:00Jelly Tots - Mums and Toddlers groupEvery Wednesday - everyone welcome
19:00Service of Light at St Marks
Saturday 9th December 2017 11:00Church Christmas FairChristmas Fair
Sunday 10th December 2017 09:00Thought for todayJames' introduction to todays readings.
10:30Sunday Morning Eucharist at 1030am
16:00Christingle ServiceA service led by our Brigade members and leaders to raise money to support the Childrens Society.
Monday 11th December 2017 09:00Wibbly Wobbly Playgroup - Mums and Toddlers groupThis group has recently moved across from the Heyside United Reformed Church. All are welcome.
13:30Sit and get fit!Chair based exercises.
Classes are held in the Lower Hall at St Mark's Heyside and are led by fully qualified instructors who specialise in exercise for older adults.

Classes are safe. effective, social and fun. The class starts with a gentle warm up followed by exercises that work the whole body.

Ring 0161 207 7000 for more information
Tuesday 12th December 2017 09:30Morning Communion Service
19:00Service of Light at St Marks
Wednesday 13th December 2017 12:00Mothers UnionA meal at the Salt Cellar in Oldham
13:00Jelly Tots - Mums and Toddlers groupEvery Wednesday - everyone welcome
Saturday 16th December 2017 19:00Church Family Christmas Party.
Sunday 17th December 2017 09:00Thought for todayJames' introduction to todays readings.

Advent 3

Introduction
Today we hear more about the prophet John the Baptist. He came to tell people about a great light that would soon to be seen in the world. John said he was not the light. The light was Jesus, the light of the world. May we always stand in his light, and let nothing come between us and Jesus, so that we might shine His light into the world today.
We continue to light the Advent Candles today. The candles symbolize the prayer, penance, and preparatory sacrifices and good works undertaken at this time, and our preparation and longing for Christ.The third Sunday of Advent is known as Gaudete Sunday or Rejoice Sunday, marking a midpoint in Advent. We rejoice as we journey forward in hope and longing expectation for our Lord’s first coming into the world and for His second coming to judge the living and the dead. We pray that he will bring forth his eternal reign of justice, peace and eternal life, and in the meantime be repentant and open that we might make a straight path for him to come to us in our daily lives.


Reflection during Holy Communion or at home.

Let us rejoice as we journey forward in hope and longing expectation for our Lord’s first coming into the world and for His second coming to judge the living and the dead. We pray that he will bring forth his eternal reign of justice, peace and eternal life. Let in the meantime hear and respond to John’s cry, ‘Repent!Make straight the way of the Lord’ into our hearts, our minds, every aspect of our Monday morning and every day of our lives.

10:30Sunday School Nativity
10:30Sunday Morning Eucharist at 1030am
18:00Church Carol ServiceCarols and readings in the lead up to Christmas.
Monday 18th December 2017 09:00Wibbly Wobbly Playgroup - Mums and Toddlers groupThis group has recently moved across from the Heyside United Reformed Church. All are welcome.
13:30Sit and get fit!Chair based exercises.
Classes are held in the Lower Hall at St Mark's Heyside and are led by fully qualified instructors who specialise in exercise for older adults.

Classes are safe. effective, social and fun. The class starts with a gentle warm up followed by exercises that work the whole body.

Ring 0161 207 7000 for more information
Tuesday 19th December 2017 09:30Morning Communion Service
Wednesday 20th December 2017 13:00Jelly Tots - Mums and Toddlers groupEvery Wednesday - everyone welcome
19:00Service of Light at St Marks
Sunday 24th December 2017 09:00Thought for todayJames' introduction to todays readings.
Advent 4

Introduction
Today we are introduced to the amazing story of a young girl who conceived a child whilst still a virgin. The Angel Gabriel appeared to her with a call from almighty God. It was a unique call, to receive God himself into her womb, the fully God and fully human human. As the Angel spoke so all Heaven ‘held its breath’: would she; wouldn’t she??? On her the salvation of the world depended. This child was to be called Jesus, which means ‘God saves’. He was to be Saviour of the world, the one to save us from sin and death and to bring humanity to life, now and into eternity. As she declared, ‘’let it be to me according to your will”, Heaven blew a huge sigh of relief.

Reflection during Holy Communion or at home
Mary is a model for us in our response to God's call to us. Ask yourself, 'am I, like Mary, ready to sacrifice some or even all of my plans and ambitions to obey God's call?'
'What might be standing in the way from my wholehearted 'yes' to God?

We can never repay our Lord. What we can try to do is give him back what we do have, which is ourselves and our lives. “Yet what I can I give Him, —Give my heart”.
Christina Rossetti ‘In the bleak midwinter’

10:30Sunday Morning Eucharist at 1030am
16:00Childrens Christmas Eve ServiceA short Service for Children on Christmas Eve.
23:30The First Communion of Christmas - Midnight Communion Welcome our Lord Jesus at the very start of Christmas Day.
Monday 25th December 2017 09:00Thought for the dayChristmas Midnight and Day
Introduction
Welcome to everyone especially to visitors and others who don’t normally worship with us. We hope that you will find space to worship God and receive every blessing that he wills to share with you in this time, and that you will come again.
Let us all gather with joy around the Word made flesh lying in the hay, and offer our worship with his Blessed Mother, Joseph, the shepherds, the stable animals and the angels, and let us with them be drawn with awe and wonder into the worship of Heaven on this night when Earth and Heaven are joined by God’s great gift of Himself.
A reflection to ponder over during the administration of Holy Communion and or at home:
Through our Eucharist we have received the light of Christ into our lives, bringing his very person to be born in us - try to become more aware and thankful for this great gift… He. And to save all from sin and death, the first fruits of a new creation. He Is a a gift that no one can ever repay, given with self sacrificing love. From the hated to to loved, from the rich to the poor, from the evil to the good, from the young to the old, from the respectable to the rejected, he is a gift for all. Pray that He will live and grow in you, and each one of us more and more that his Light might shine out of us and bring his love and life to our needy and dark world.
What about our response? What gifts have we given where there is no way that we could ever be repaid? How far have we given ourselves back as a living sacrifice of loving service and adoration of the Lord?

10:30Christmas Day Communion.
Wednesday 27th December 2017 19:00Service of Light at St Marks
Sunday 31st December 2017 New Years Eve
09:00Thought for todayJames' introduction to todays readings.

Introduction
All our readings urge us to worship God, whatever is going on in good and bad times. In our first reading, Isaiah proclaims the liberation of Israel from the oppression of exile in Babylon and a fresh start in their own land. Jerusalem will be rebuilt, which the Babylonian troops had destroyed two generations earlier. The people are to greatly rejoice in the Lord, their whole being to exult God'.
St Paul urges the Christians of Galatia to praise God: ‘Abba! Father!’ Jesus has come to free us from sin to live fully now and for ever; a life of loving service. This has come about through his Son Jesus, his life, death and resurrection. The shepherds, having encountered the wonder of God coming into the world, return to their sheep and community praising God. Their meeting with Jesus would remain an integral part of them for the rest of their lives, changed to become more like Him.


Reflection
The shepherds were full of joy after their meeting with Jesus. They went back to their fields, and their low worldly status, but changed in their whole attitude to life. Like them, we have come to praise God this morning and meet him, not in a stable but in word and sacrament. Are we ready, like the shepherds, to be changed, to be more his people, more like Jesus? Will we, like the shepherds, go out full of praise and thanksgiving, to carry our joy in to our needy world?
10:30Sunday Morning Eucharist at 1030am
12:00Standing Committee meeting