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20th November 2011 Sunday before Advent

TODAY
Our collections today are for: Open Door, for homeless and others in need. The facilities they are able to offer are clean clothing, bedding, food parcels, personal cleaning, laundry and access to a hot meal. Volunteers are always
welcome. Also always on the wanted list are: socks, jeans, t-shirts, boxer shorts, soap powder, hair combs, individual small bottles of shampoo/shower gel, tooth brushes, disposable razors, tinned food, tea bags, sugar, coffee, packets of soup, instant mash, pot noodles etc, rucksacks/sport bags.

Prayer Focus: This week is road Safety Week. On average each day 10 people are killed and ten times more seriously injured. Pray for a greater awareness of safety and awareness of speed limits.

SERVICES: 8.00am Traditional Quiet Communion service [BCP]
READINGS: Ezekiel 34. vv11-16,20-24; Ephesians 1: vv15-end; Matthew 25.vv31-end.
10am – Worship with Holy Communion
There will be Coffee, tea & squash in the hall after the 10am service – all Welcome
Christmas Cards will be on sale at coffee after the 10am service today

CHURCH OFFICE
Due to holidays, the Church office will be closed from 1pm on Thursday 24th November until 9am on Tuesday 6th
December. Apologies if this causes any inconvenience.

DIARY FOR THE WEEK
Tuesday 22nd November
10.00am Holy Communion
7.30pm PCC Meeting in the Dunning Room

Wednesday 23rd November
3.00pm Holy Communion at Elizabeth House

Thursday 24th November 7.30pm
Wilton Group in the Dunning Room – “A Short History on the Farm Shop”

Sunday 27th November
8.00am Traditional quiet Communion service (Order 1)
10.00am Worship with Communion with Archdeacon John Reed as Preacher and Celebrant
Collections will be for: Church Urban Fund, works to support groups engaged with tackling some of our communities’ most pressing needs. Over the years the Fund has supported thousands of community projects, including over 300 working alongside the homeless, over 640 projects specifically targeting young people, work with the under 5s and projects to help long term unemployed people back into work.

Projects vary greatly in their approach but the common factor with all of them is that they involve local people identifying the needs of their community and working together to do something about it.

Prayer Focus: Dec 1st is World Aids Day. We pray for all those whose lives and families are affected by Aids and for a greater awareness of its causes around the world.

NEW NOTICES
CHRISTIAN AID
Why not feed those who have no Christmas Dinner or often very little food at all, by supporting events for Christian Aid? The Produce Stall will be in the hall on Sunday, 4th December where there will be homemade chutneys, pickled
onions, jellies and jams. Also handcrafts which will include knitted and sewn items, candles, stones and brooches.

There will be bulbs and baskets together with any other items given to us.

The Taunton committee have organised a choir and collection at the M5 southbound motorway services on Friday 9th December. Any offers of collecting there will be welcome. The NSPCC were already collecting, but the services wanted a choir so we were accepted as well. Your support will be much appreciated. Helen Price.

UNICEF
has launched a 50/50 project to raise money for the famine relief in East Africa (http://5050.gd) 50 projects have been launched in 50 days including our son’s girlfriend’s project, the Pound Store (www.poundstore.co.uk) It is an online shop selling products at life saving prices for the East African famine e.g baby, medicine, food products. Any resemblance to Tesco online is purely coincidental! UNICEF is hoping to raise £1million for the famine relief.
Judith & Nigel Pickles

JOE HOMAN
For many years St George’s has had links with Joe Homan. The JOE HOMAN charity has been selected to participate in the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2011. From 10am Monday 5th December by going to www.theBigGive.org.uk any online donation you give to Joe Homan Charity will be DOUBLED. It is only donations made via this route that will be doubled, NOT via their own website or by cheque.

WORLD AIDS DAY
St Mary Magdalene Church are supporting World Aids Day (WAD) on Thursday 1st December:
11.00am Holy Communion with WAD focus
12.00 – 1.30pm Time of reflection (Front of main body of church)
1.30pm Names will be read out.
Soup will be served between 12.00 and 1.30pm in the coffee shop area. Monies raised will go to the Eddystone Trust.

CRAFT & HAMPER SALE
at Bishops Hull Church on Friday Dec 2nd, 6.00 – 8.00pm
Refresh yourself with mulled wine and mince pies while you choose from the hampers and craft goods for sale in the candlelit church.
Saturday Dec 3rd, 10am – 12noon
Use this time to buy from the extensive range of crafts and hampers for sale in the church hall. Relax with refreshments having sorted out your Christmas shopping!

The BUSINESS CAROL SERVICE
which is for all who work in the Taunton area will take place on Monday 19th December, 6-7pm at St James’s Church. This will include traditional carols, readings and a short talk, and the event will be followed by mince pies and mulled wine and a chance to chat. The event promises to be very Christmassy. Invitations are available to give out to friends and colleagues that you work with. Hope to see you there.
Neil Randoll, Lead Chaplain,
Taunton Team Chaplaincy

REPEAT NOTICES
ROADLINKS

We are in need of 10 – 12 people to take on Roadlinks deliveries. This entails delivering a seasonal leaflet 3 times per year to an area within the Parish. The next one will be early December. If you are able to help or would like more information, please contact Brian & Jean Underwood on 461461.

CHOIR
Now we are fast approaching Christmas, the choir are about to start practices for the two Carol Services, and would like to invite any ‘extras’ to join us on Thursday evenings at 7.30pm. We will be starting Christmas preparations on November 10th
See you there! Elaine.

CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH AT THE ALBERMARLE CENTRE
The Albemarle Centre, for the first time ever would like to open on Christmas Day and offer a two course lunch to anyone who is on their own and would like some company on Christmas Day. The centre will be open from 11.30am
to 3.00pm and lunch will be served at 12.30pm. The cost will be £10.00. If you are interested, please ring 01823 252945 and speak to Jane.

VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS MARKET
Saturday 26th November 10.00am – 3.30pm
Temple Methodist Church is holding a Victorian Christmas Market as a prequel to its Bicentenary 2012.
Crafts, Christmas stocking fillers, preserves, cakes, toiletries, costume jewellery, potted bulbs, refreshments, light lunches, teas, an early Father Christmas in the afternoon. Free admission.

St George’s Church, Wilton
Charity Registration Number: 1134647

Sundays

0800Traditional Communion


1000Communion with a mixture of traditional & contemporary worship


09501st Sunday of the month
Young People's meeting in Hall or Church - for those aged 4 - 14 year.


1600 Evening Worship in church or residential homes – see weekly Newsboard


Tuesday

1000Holy Communion at church


14303rd Tuesday
Holy Communion at Mountbatten Nursing Home


Wednesday

14302nd Wednesday
Holy Communion at Churchill Way Hall


15004th Wednesday
Holy Communion at Elizabeth House.


Thursday

11002nd Thursday
Holy Communion at St George's Residential Home