Next Wednesday marks All Hallows eve a time when we remember those we have loved and are no longer with us. It is the eve of All Saints day. The early church inherited a pagan celebration (Halloween) at this time and as was quite often the case, brought light and love to the event. Jesus came as a light to a dark world (John 1), no one needs reminding of the darkness that exists in our land, community and our lives. Of late Halloween has become a giant marketing platform for commercial means although to celebrate anything that deals with death and evil does seem strange. Evil is a reality and we need to tread carefully if we think it can be laughed at. Although for many seemingly harmless fun it points to something more worrying in our society. The good news is that the darkness of the world will never extinguish the light of Jesus. This is something we can celebrate and will do on Wednesday at 6pm at St Nicholas church come along (more details inside the notice sheet). God is light in him there is no darkness at all.(1 John 1:5).
Love, Louise and Simon.
This Sunday's Services28 October 2018
9.30 a.m. Morning Worship at St. Michael and All Angels
10.30 a.m. All Age Service at St. Nicholas
11.15 a.m. Holy Communion at All Saints
3 p.m. Memorial Service at St. Nicholas .
Dates for your Diary
Wed. 31 October 6 p.m. An opportunity to celebrate Light and Love on the eve of All Hallows. An event will take place in St. Nicholas' Churchyard to which local families are invited. If the weather is fine, we will be lighting lanterns and placing them around the graveyard (families who have loved ones buried there may wish to place a lantern on their grave). If wet, we will light lanterns in church. This is NOT a celebration of halloween in the sense that most people today are used to, but is an event to remember the importance of light and love shining in the darkness of our world, and never going out. All church members are invited, as well as families that we have contact with via local schools and uniformed organisations. Children should be accompanied by adults and supervised at all times. All are invited to wear light bright clothes, not halloween costumes.
Fri. 2 November 7.30 p.m. Concert with Simeon Wood, musician and entertainer (see www.simeonwood.co.uk) at All Saints. tickets on sale now from Simon or the parish office. £8 in advance, £10 on the door (includes refreshments). Under 18s free, proceeds to All Saints restoration fund and 10% to the homeless shelter.
Sat. 3 November 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Messy Church at St. Michael’s.
Mon 5 November 11 a.m. DCC at St. Michael’s.
Wed 7 November Parish Day of Prayer 7 a.m. at St. Michael, 1 p.m. at All Saints,
7 p.m. at St. Nicholas. Come when you can.
Sat 10 November Deanery Alpha Holy Spirit Day, if you'd like to attend see Simon.
Wed 14 November 12 noon, DCC at All Saints
Sat 17 November 3 p.m. Invitation and welcome service for the new Bishop of Warrington at the Cathedral.
Sat 8 December Between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Christmas Socials at the Rectory Gartons Lane. Bring a bottle and your favourite nibbles.
Sat 15 December Between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Christmas Socials at the Rectory Gartons
Lane. Bring a bottle and your favourite nibbles.Regular Weekly Activities
Sunday 9.30 a.m. 'Sunday Stars' children's group during morning service at St. Michael's (except All Age Service, 1st Sundays)
10.30 a.m. 'Sunday Club' children's group during morning Service at St. Nicholas (except All Age Service 4th Sundays)
1 p.m.-2 p.m. Gentle exercise/ refreshments All Saints
10 a.m. - Craft and Coffee Morning St. Michael's
10 a.m. -11.30 a.m. Toddlers, St. Michael's
10 a.m. Communion All Saints
10.45 a.m. Coffee morning All Saints
10.30 a.m. Fit Forever, St. Nicholas Church Hall
8 p.m. Bowling Club, St. Nicholas Church Hall
9 a.m. - 10.15 a.m. Toddlers All Saints
9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Toddlers St. Nicholas, Church Hall
9 a.m.-11 a.m. Craft Morning All Saints
10 a.m. Holy Communion St. Nicholas Church
10.30 a.m. -12 p.m. Coffee Morning St. Nicholas Church Hall
7.30 p.m.- 8.45 p.m. Choir Practice St. Nicholas Church.
Homegroup/ Bible Study Groups are running ongoing, please ask the Clergy/ Ministers for details.
Beavers, Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, and Scouts, meet during the week in the Sutton Team Churches/ Halls. For further details please contact Barbara Johnson 01744 54444.