Learn About the 2021 Advent Trail & More Updates
Some example nativity windows from last year
St Mary’s December newsletter provides details of this years, advent trail and a Christmas message. It also, of course, has the usual listings of services (and they look forward to welcoming you for their Christmas Services in both the Old Church & St Mary’s), and contacts.
Christmas Message from Revd Heather Wilcox
It’s that time of year, when we are bombarded with Christmas advertising, but one advert in particular has caught my attention, probably because it has generated the most complaints in 2021 so far, the Tesco’s advert.
It begins with a lady standing outside a Tesco’s store being asked, ‘Do you need a little help’ and she responds, ‘Don’t worry my love, this year, nothings stopping me.’ Queens ‘Don’t stop me now’ providing the soundtrack to the advert.
Don’t Stop Me Now
The gist of course is that nothing is going to stop us from celebrating Christmas. If the lights go out, we will light a row of Christmas puddings instead and party on; if Santa’s grotto closes as we reach it, we will bribe the elves with mince pies and when Santa faces quarantine, of course he is already double vaccinated, nothing is going to get in the way of us celebrating Christmas just as we want to in 2021, unlike 2020 when plans had to be changed at the last minute.
2000 Years Ago
2000 years ago, nothing was going to stop Gods plan either. Mary was reluctant at first, to be the mother of the Son of God … when the angel spoke to her, she said,
‘How will this be, since I am a virgin.’
As the angel continued to speak Mary responded,
‘I am the Lord’s servant, let it be to me as you have commanded.’
Nothing was going to stop God’s plan.
After Mary it was Joseph who needed a little convincing to stand alongside Mary and not break off their engagement. An angel had to appear to him in a dream and reassure him that everything Mary had said was true, the child she would bear was really going to be the Son of God, conceived by the Holy Spirit.
And one thing is certain when a baby decides it is time to make an appearance, nothing is going to stop it, even if there was no room in Bethlehem! And so, on that first Christmas night, Jesus is born in a stable, laid in a manger and worshipped by shepherds.
God’s unstoppable plan, God with us. Immanuel
Our plans may or may not change, but we worship an unstoppable God of love, who is always with us, as we celebrate Christmas this year, let us put Jesus at the heart of all that we do.
Happy Christmas and May God bless you.
The West Bergholt Village Advent Windows Trail is back for 2021! A huge thank you to everyone who has volunteered to decorate a window featuring a scene from the nativity story.
The first window will be revealed on Wednesday 8th December and then a window each day until Monday 20th December. The revealed windows will be lit between 4 pm and 7 pm each day up to & including Christmas Eve.
You can download a copy of the map & list of windows from St Mary’s website from 6th December.
|8th Dec |
St Mary’s Church, New Church Road
God sends the Angel Gabriel to a girl named Mary to tell her she will have a Son, Jesus.
Luke 1:26 & 31
|9th Dec |
The Rectory 1 Church Close
The Angel said to Mary, “People will call Him Son of the Most High.”
|10th Dec |
1 Lexden Road
Mary and Joseph had to travel to Bethlehem to register for the census.
|11th Dec |
Miltor House, Hall Rd
Mary and Joseph went to Bethlehem for the census because that was Joseph’s hometown.
|12th Dec |
16 The Grays, Lexden Road
While Mary and Joseph were in Bethlehem, Mary gave birth to her son.
|13th Dec |
29 Lexden Road
Shepherds were in the fields watching their sheep.
|14th Dec |
4 New Church Rd
An angel of the Lord appeared to the shepherds.
|15th Dec |
50 New Church Road
The angel told the shepherds “Don’t be afraid. Today your Saviour was born in Bethlehem.”
|16th Dec |
Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked “where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east.
|17th Dec |
Durham House, Armoury Road
The star the Magi had seen in the east went ahead of them.
|18th Dec |
62 Albany Road
The star stopped over the place where Jesus was. Matthew 2:9
|19th Dec |
63 Albany Road
When the Magi saw the star, they were overjoyed and bowed down and worshipped Jesus.
7 Valley Crescent
The Magi presented Jesus with gifts of gold, incense, and myrrh.
|Christmas Eve Crib Service 3pm Nativity Service at St Mary’s All welcome||Christmas Eve Carol Service 6.45pm @ St Mary’s All welcome||Christmas Morning Communion Service 9.30am @ St Mary’s All welcome|
Services & Other Dates
|5th December||10:00 am||Holy Communion (also on Zoom)|
|12th December||10:00 pm||Messy Church Christmas|
|19th December||11:15 am||Holy Communion (also on Zoom)|
|2:30 pm||Carol Service by candlelight at the Old Church|
|24th December||3:00 pm||Family Nativity – Crib Service|
|6:45 pm||Carol Service|
|11:30 pm||Midnight Communion at All Saints’ Church, Great Horkesley*|
|25th December||9:30 am||Christmas Holy Communion (also on Zoom)|
|26th December||No services on Boxing Day|
NB All services are planned to be in person but we would be grateful if you could please wear a face covering if possible.
All at St Mary’s unless stated otherwise
Our Team at St Mary’s
- Priest in Charge: Revd. Heather Wilcox
email: [email protected]
tel: 01206 240906 or 07503 151715
- Assistant Curate: Revd Anne Mason
email: [email protected].
tel: 07895 970834 (Sunday & Tuesday – Thursday).
- Church Wardens:
Peter & Caroline Finlay, — [email protected] or 07926 387551 and
Kate & Stephen Penrose, — 07973 421306
- Lay Readers:
Richard Chadborn—01206 240541;
Michael Foster—01206 241022;
Joy Budden—01206 241871.
- 3 Parish Families’ Worker:
Jo Jeffery—07853 586683 (until 31st December).
- Parish Evangelist
Ron Seymour—01206 272579.
- Church Administrator:
Jo Rassell — 01206 243683,
email: [email protected].
Church Office Hours — Monday 9 am—12:30 pm, Tuesday – Friday 9 am – 1 pm.
- Hall Bookings:
Nicole Long—01206 240443.
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email: [email protected].
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