Priory notes for week beginning 9th December 2019
There will be a carol service in Nethertown today Wednesday 11thDecember 2019 at ‘The Old Country Club’ at 2 p.m.
Later the Coast to Fells Advent Reflection will be held in the Priory at 7 p.m.
There will be a service of Advent Holy Communion held in the Priory at 10 a.m., tomorrow (Thursday 12thDecember).The pop-in café will follow in the Priory, from 10:30 a.m. until noon as New College Hall is being used as a polling station.
The Prayer group will now take a break over Christmas. The next meeting will be Thursday 9thJanuary 2020 at 2 p.m. in New College Hall. The group always welcomes new members and it is not necessary to attend every meeting
On Friday 13thDecember, St Bees School will be holding their carol service from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the school chapel. Refreshments will be served prior to the service.
Later at 7 pm, the SBYC group will be held in New College Hall.
On Saturday 14th December, the men’s breakfast will be held in New College Hall.
Services for Sunday 15th December at the Priory, are Holy Communion at 9 am and at 10:30 a.m. Evening Prayer at 6 p.m.
Volunteers open house at the Priory
All Priory volunteers are invited to an open house at the Vicarage on Sunday 15th December, 2-5pm
Do you sing, clean, arrange, ring, pray, lead, mow, preach, tidy, serve, deliver, visit, fix, count, care or type for the church?
Then please do come along and celebrate volunteering at the Priory with a mulled wine/fruit juice and nibbles at the Vicarage,
Thank you for all you do and are,
Becky and family
The Priory Friends concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Priory on Monday 16th December with a program of carols and readings. Mulled wine and festive fare will be served and a collection taken for the Friends of the Priory funds. Everyone is welcome.
On Tuesday 17th December there will be a Christmas service at the Gables care home at 7:30 p.m.
Priory Prayer spaces
At our recent Away Day representatives of the PCC reflected together on our vision “To know Christ and to make him known”. We thought about progress we have made since our Mission Action Plan, TO2020, was launched in 2015 and discussed how we might move forward.
Coincidentally, Carlisle Diocese is also looking at refreshing the “God for All” vision and has asked us to join with them in 100 days of prayer and 100 days of listening. Over the next 100 days – taking us up to Christmas Day – individuals and groups across our ecumenical county have an opportunity to review the current strategic plan, identifying and prioritising the revisions they feel are needed to continue to grow God’s Kingdom from 2020 to 2025.
From today until Christmas Day, the Priory, the Mission Community and the diocese can take this opportunity to continue in prayer and, listening to God and one another, offer their thoughts, questions and ideas to those who lead us. In order to facilitate this, prayer and listening stations will be situated in the Priory over the next weeks and months. Please spend a few moments at each of these reflective areas and make the most of the opportunity to contribute your prayers and thoughts to this discussion. Everyone will have the opportunity to feed in their thoughts and answers to prayer via an online survey https://www.godforall.org.uk/100-days-of-listening.html.
Christian Aid Christmas Appeal 2019
Please support the Christian Aid Christmas Appeal and help ensure abetter life for mothers living in difficult places to be a woman. You can give using the envelopes at the back of church, leaving money in the bucket or donating on line at https://www.christianaid.org.uk/christmas-appeal
Women have the power to liberate themselves, their families and others from oppression. Through their God-given gifts, they could transform lives. Poverty, inequality, violence and injustice often deny women opportunity. For those who are also mothers, life is doubly difficult as they fight to protect and raise their children. This Christmas, Christian Aid are highlighting the transformational change that women around the world can achieve if given the chance.
Please give them that chance by donating to Christian Aid this Christmas
On Behalf of Reverend Becky Gibbs and the Ministry Team
“To know Christ and to make Him known”