Services and forthcoming events. DECEMBER
We are here to worship God, welcome all and grow together in faith and love
Sunday 1st December 8.00am Holy Communion (BCP)
Advent Sunday 10:00am First Sunday Eucharist
Sunday 8th December 10.00am Parish Eucharist and Holy Baptism
Sunday 15th December 10.00am Parish Eucharist
6.00pm Service of meditation in the Taize tradition
Sunday 22nd December 10.00am Parish Eucharist
3.00pm Carol Service
Tuesday 24th December 4.00pm Crib Service
Christmas Eve 11.30pm Midnight Eucharist
Wednesday 25th December 10.00am Christmas Family Eucharist
Sunday 29th December 10.00am Parish Eucharist
There will be no 6pm celebration of Holy Communion on Boxing Day, 26th December
There will be no Morning or Evening Prayer said in the church between 26th December to 4th January
Morning Prayer (8.15am) and Evening Prayer (5.30pm) are normally said on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in the Lady Chapel. When you hear the bell ring at these times, that’s what it’s for! All are welcome to join us.
Requests for prayer
There is a plate on which people can place their prayers which are then offered in our daily prayers in the church. This is in the Lady Chapel with the candles.
There is a service of Holy Communion on Thursdays at 6pm in St Mary’s church.
Did you know that if you are sick or housebound, we can bring communion to you at home?
We usually do this on Fridays. If you would like this, please contact Judith 269390 or Tom 233786
A list detailing the readings used in each service can be obtained from the website under Church rota.
It is often helpful to read the Sunday’s readings before you come to the service. These are the readings; the page number refers to the pew Bibles in the church
|Advent 1||Isaiah 2.1-5 p.641||na||Matthew 24.36-44 p.26|
|8th Dec||Advent 2||Isaiah 11:1-10 p.650||Romans 15.4-13 p.159||
|15th Dec||Advent 3||Isaiah 35.1-10 p.673||
|22nd Dec||Advent 4||Isaiah 7.10-16 p.646||
|24th Dec||Christmas Eve||na||
|25th Dec||Christmas Day||na||
|29th Dec||Christmas 1||Isaiah 63:7-9 p.704||Hebrews 2:10-end p.216||
If you have a pastoral emergency (whatever day it is) please don’t hesitate to contact Judith. If your situation is not urgent, however, it would be helpful if you could avoid contacting her on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The churchwardens are happy to assist with parish business on those days.
Church Warden contact details.
Win Normington: 01730 267926 Reached via: email@example.com
Richard Marks: 01730 262599 Reached via :firstname.lastname@example.org
Members of the PCC
Our PCC consists of the following people. Please speak to one of them if you have any comments or questions
The Revd Canon Will Hughes, the Rev’d Judith Bee, The Rev’d Dr Sam Cullen, Win Normington and Richard Marks (Churchwardens), Moya Cozens, Vanessa Dowse, Greg Ford, Ian Johnston (Deanery Synod), Mary Owens (Deanery Synod), Alison Stevens, David Symmonds. James Dryden and Katy Schwarz, who has been appointed as our new PCC Secretary.
St Mary’s website.
Our new website went live in November, many thanks to David, Greg, Ian, and Matt from the diocese, who led us through the process.
Our new web address is
Please visit it! There are still things to add – it’s a continuing process. Our thanks to Kate and Heiko who are going to keep it updated
The church diary can be viewed on our website. On home page go to what’s on (at top of screen) then to church diary (on left of screen)
News from the pews.
Fly on the wall at the November PCC meeting
- Katy Schwarz was welcomed as our new PCC Secretary.
- Our safeguarding discussion was around safer recruitment.
- The establishing of the Drop In, which came out of our Awayday in September, was discussed.
- Some serious fundraising needs to be done to raise money to restore the outside south wall of the chancel.
- The PCC, and the churchwardens in particular, are keeping a close eye on the plans to develop the garages abutting the east churchyard wall.
- Following a recommendation from the Outward Giving sub-group, the PCC agreed this year to give to Salvation Army, Hampshire & Island Historic Churches, Vision Overseas, Tear Fund, Hampshire Air Ambulance, Kings Arms, Rowans Hospice, Canine Partners and Petersfield Food Bank
- Vikki Mason is representing St Marys on the PACT Christmas day lunch group.
- Our parish share, (the amount we give to the diocese, most of which goes towards clergy stipends and pensions, the costs of self-supporting and house for duty posts and clergy housing) is to go up again this year to £30,973.
Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM)
This annual meeting, which it is hoped all members of the church will attend, is on Sunday 26th April 2020 following the Parish Eucharist. Please put the date in your diaries now.
Christingle is on Advent Sunday 1 December at 3pm
This is a service of light which is particularly suitable for children. A collection is taken in aid of The Children’s Society.
Buriton School will be in church during the week beginning 9 December for their Christmas production.
Dottie Tots Nursery will have their Christmas celebration in church on Monday 16 December at 11am
Please keep the School and the Nursery school in your prayers.
Once again, this year, homes in the village and surrounding area will take part in our Posada, playing host to the figures of Mary and Joseph for a night during Advent
The figures of Mary and Joseph will again travel around the village, staying in homes and at Buriton School, until Christmas Eve when they will be brought into church for the crib service at 4pm.
Please pray for all who are taking part in this, that through it, they will gain a deeper understanding of Christmas. If you are receiving the figures, please do invite those bringing them into your home and exercise hospitality. Our thanks to Kirsty Thomas for organising this.
#follow the star
This little book of reflection and bible verses for use from Christmas Eve until the Epiphany has been produced by the Church of England.
Drawing inspiration from the well-known carol “We Three Kings”, Follow The Star offers daily reflections for each day between Christmas Day and Sunday 5 January.
Each one includes a picture, a short Bible passage, a simple prayer and a challenge to reflect or act differently.
Wherever you are on your own journey, Follow The Star will help you see your life afresh through the light of the Christmas star, a sign of God’s hope and promises.
Many of us enjoyed using this resource last year. They will be available in the church. Please do take one to help your own prayers. It is also available as an app. The app is free to download and does not offer any in-app purchases or subscriptions.
Stars for the tree
As usual, stars will be available at the back of church in the run up to Christmas for you to write prayers, or the name of someone you wish to pray for and will be hung on our Christmas tree.
Carols Round the Pond
Tuesday 17th December at 7pm
With Liss Band
Mulled wine and mince pies. All welcome
Donations of red wine for the mulled wine will be gratefully received please leave in church by the Seward Room door
Carol-Singing for our less mobile residents…..
As in previous years, a small group of carol-singers are offering to sing outside the homes of the less mobile members of our community, so they don’t miss out on their favourite carols! This will take place on Monday, 23 December between around 4pm and 5pm.
If you live in Buriton village, are one of the less mobile members of our community and you would like us to sing your favourite carols outside your home, just let me know. Or if you are a singer and would like to join our small group, then also let me know.
I look forward to seeing you on the 23rd
01730 264549 or email@example.com
St Mary’s tots and toast
Tuesday mornings in term time in the Seward Room in St Mary’s church from 9.30am – 11am.
For new-born babies, toddlers up to 3 years and their parents, grandparents, carers, uncles, aunts! – everyone welcome
Tea and toast
Games and crafts.
Come and join in the fun!
£1 per family per session
Details from Jade Styles 07983201052
“KNIT & NATTER”
We meet on Friday afternoons from 2.30pm to 4.30pm in the Seward Room. Some people bring their knitting, and others bring their small children, but we all natter…!
Many friendships have formed here over the years, a pattern we would like to continue.
Please contact Naomi firstname.lastname@example.org for further details
Knit & Natter will meet at 2.30pm on Fridays 6th and 13th December in
the Seward Room as usual. We will then take a long break while the
kitchen is being refurbished and start meeting there again in February.
Please contact Tom Cooper for details re the Study Group
Each month in church in our prayers for the community we focus on a different road, which is always advertised in this pew sheet.
This month we particularly pray for the residents of Heatherfield
Do let us know if there is something special you would like us to pray for. Leave your request in the lady chapel or ring Judith on 269390
We are sad to write that the Rev’d Doug Banyard, who at one time had the care of St Mary’s Buriton, died on 26 November. Details of his funeral when known will be on the church noticeboard. May he rest in peace and rise with Christ in glory.
Meditative services in the Taize tradition
Our services of mediation in the Taize tradition continue. These services are quiet and reflective with lots of silence. Short readings and prayers are interspersed with chants from the Taize community. It is a very restful and peaceful service.
Sunday 15 December from 6.00pm to about 6.45
Future dates: 12 January, 9 February, 8 March, 5 April
Family Teatime service.
No Family Teatime Service in December
We shall celebrate the coming of the Magi to the Infant Christ on Sunday 5 January
8.00am Holy Communion
10.00am First Sunday Eucharist for all ages
Many people have said they would find it helpful if they were able to read and think more about the Sunday readings beforehand. It’s not always easy to do this on your own so on five occasions between now and Christmas we are offering the opportunity to come along on a Friday morning and explore together the readings for the following Sunday in an informal way. Depending on the response we may continue this into the new year.
6 December at 11am in the Lady Chapel for 30-45 minutes. Come and use the Post Office first and grab a coffee!
There are no weddings during the month of December
Congratulations and warmest good wishes to all recently married couples as they embark on their marital life together; may it be long and happy.
St Mary’s – Fundraising-Christmas Market – Saturday 7th December between 1 and 4pm
£1 stall and Cake and Home Produce
St Mary’s will be running a stall at the Christmas Market which will mean the return of the ever popular £1 stall and the equally popular ‘Home Produce’ stall.
So… please clear out ‘tabletop sized items’ for the £1 stall, and look out for the sheet (at the back of the church) for volunteer cakes, jam (etc) providers….. Thank you, as ever, so much!
(Any enquiries: Vanessa – 710459 or Sarah 26259)
All proceeds in aid of St Mary’s Church.
Monthly Afternoon Drop in
This is an initiative coming out of our awayday.
As a church we are going to offer a Drop In at the function room in the Five bells on Monday 27 January, Monday 24 February and Monday 30 March from 2.30-4pm. If successful, we’ll make it a regular event.
We NEED: someone to coordinate and oversee the arrangements
People to offer to drive those who need it to and from the event
People from the church to be present and act as hosts (not necessarily the same people every time)
This Drop In is for anybody; we are particularly anxious to make sure anyone on their own or who struggles to get out a lot is able to come if they want to. In the first instance, please would you let Judith 269390 know of any people in the community you think we should especially invite
Our PACT foodbank in Petersfield is as necessary as it ever was. Many thanks to all who contribute via the basket at the back of church.
Following a reorganisation and stock take of the food bank we are currently low on:
- Tea bags
- Biscuits, both sweet and savoury
- Tinned fruit
- Toothbrushes and toothpaste
In order to comply with food storage guidelines, we are sorry we cannot take homemade jams and preserves.
For further details of the Petersfield Churches Together Food Bank see:
Christmas Day lunch
Could you help with lifts to and/or from the PACT Christmas Day Lunch at Petersfield?
Drivers would need to have a current DBS and to have checked that their insurance covers doing this.
Please contact Katie Wigley on email@example.com if you can help
Plastic milk bottle tops
Please keep collecting clean plastic milk bottle tops for the Rowans Hospice; and leaving them in the container at the back of the church. They are taken to the recycling plant at Portsmouth
If you are in any doubt as to whether a plastic top is suitable, the eagle eyed amongst you can check inside the lid. There should be a triangle with a number 2 inside it. It is fairly easy to see on the milk tops not so easy on the fresh juice cartons. Monica Stokes
How many tubes of toothpaste, toothbrushes and empty toothbrush or toothpaste packages do you throw out? These are recyclable, but not recycled locally. The St. Laurence Youth Group in Petersfield is collecting these and raising money for charity.
any brand of toothbrushes,
any brand of toothpaste tubes and caps (empty),
any brand of toothbrush outer package,
any brand of electric and battery toothbrush heads.
We cannot collect other dental care products or other packaging.
Please bring your used clean, dry items and place in the box at the back of St Mary’s church and they will be collected regularly.
Money raised from this will, this year, go to the Petersfield Food Bank.
The Post Office is in the Seward Room every Friday from 9.30 – 11.30 and not as stated in the current Parish Magazine
Come and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and some company
Also, on sale: fair trade coffee, biscuits, chocolate etc. tea towels, postcards.
Please note the following Post Office opening times over the festive period.
Friday 6 Dec. No Post Office
Saturday 7 Dec. Post Office open from 1-3 pm during the Christmas Market
Friday 27 Dec. No Post Office
In January, while the kitchen is being transformed, the PO will be closed Friday 10, but will open 3 and 17 January without being able to offer tea or coffee, etc.
The kitchen in the Seward Room is to be refurbished in January. The Seward Room will be out of action during that time. The details next month. All enquiries to JM Nixon please firstname.lastname@example.org
The total raised by the Buriton area this year was almost £900 from the door to door poppy collection.
Final figures for the Petersfield area yet to be published but my understanding is that all previous records have been well and truly smashed
Many thanks to all the collectors who volunteered to do the door to door collections in Buriton area; it wouldn’t happen without you!
We take safeguarding seriously at St Mary’s. Moya Cozens is our safeguarding officer. Do talk to her about how we ensure children, vulnerable adults and all of us are kept safe at St Mary’s. If you have a concern about safeguarding here, please speak to her, or to the Parish Priest. We have some pocket-sized cards with contact numbers on if you would like one
Summary of services over Christmas
Tuesday 17th December 7pm Carols Round the Pond
Sunday 22 December 3pm Carol service
Christmas Eve 4pm Crib service (for children of all ages!) We invite you to come dressed as a shepherd or an angel!
11.30pm Midnight Eucharist
Christmas Day 10am Christmas Day Eucharist
That’s all folks!
Next edition beginning of January 2020
The clergy, Reader and Churchwardens wish you all a holy and blessed Christmas
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