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8th December 2019                                                                          Second Sunday of Advent
 
 
Welcome to Buckingham Parish Church.
If you are new or just visiting do please make yourself known to one of the clergy or the welcome team – we’d love to get to know you.
 
Children: We have great provision for children in our services.
At the 9.30am service there are age-appropriate groups for ages 3 to Year 6.
There are also two zones at the back of church for younger children to play whilst the service continues and they remain in the care of their parent/carer.
At our 11.15am service we have a group for primary aged children and at 6pm we have a group for children in Year 3 to Year 6 as well as our Youth Group.  
 
Streaming: All services are streamed into the Tower Room. This is a quiet place to go but children using it should be supervised by a parent/carer at all times. Please note that our 9.30am and 6.00pm services will be ‘live streamed’ for on-line viewing. If you do not wish to be included, please sit at the rear of the church or in the side aisles. All that is recorded (for viewing later) is the sermon, featuring only the preacher.
 
8th December 2019                                                                          Second Sunday of Advent
8.00 am        Holy Communion
9.30 am        Family Service                                                                   The Last Things; “Hell”
                                                    Luke 16: 9-31 (p.1050); 2 Thessalonians 1: 5-10 (p.1189)
11.15 am     Parish Communion       Advent; “Christ’s Universal Rule”
                                                                           Rom 15: 4-13 (p.1141); Matt 3: 1-12 (p.967)
3.00 pm       Messy Church
6.00 pm       Contemporary Service                                            (details as for 9.30 service)
 
Today’s Collect
O Lord, raise up, we pray, your power and come among us,
and with great might succour us;
that whereas, through our sins and wickedness
we are grievously hindered in running the race that is set before us,
your bountiful grace and mercy may speedily help and deliver us;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
to whom with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honour and glory, now and for ever.

Pray through the week for:
  • those who are ill 
  • all those who mourn, that they may be comforted by God’s presence.
 
The Week Ahead:
 
Monday 9th December 7-9.15 pm Healing through creativity
Tuesday 10th December 8.30 am Prayer Meeting in the Rectory
  12-1.15 pm Community Lunch
  6-7.30 pm Blaze (Years 7-9)
  7.30-9 pm Blaze (Years 10-13)
Wednesday 11th Dec 10-11.45 am Women’s Connect
  10.00 am Holy Communion
Thursday 12th Dec 10.00 am ARK group for toddlers, parents and carers
  7.15 pm Choir Practice
Friday 13th December 7.00 pm Prayers in the Tower Room
Saturday 14th  Dec 10.30am-12 Coffee Service Café
 
Third Sunday of Advent
Sunday 15th December 9.30 am Family Service & Communion
  11.15 am Parish Communion
  6.00 pm Nine Lessons and Carols
     
 

Prayer Ministry: This is available at all services in the Lady Chapel, and at 6.00pm at the front of each side aisle. At 11.15am Communion service, please come after receiving Communion, or later. Prayer brings the Lord’s healing and wholeness.

 
Newcomers: Please fill in a Welcome Card if you are new and want to regularly worship with us. Will and Lucia would love to invite you for a Welcome Meal. Please contact Sue Fox at parector@bpchurch.uk
 
Healing through Creativity: Monday 9th December, 7-9.15pm in the Ringing Chamber at BPC. The creativity evenings are a time of refreshment, to listen and be still and receive God’s healing touch through different creative starting points. Open to all. More info on BPC website or email Emma Cottrell at info@createdcreative.co.uk
Christmas Services: details are on the website bpchurch.uk home page.
Men’s Curry Night: 7pm, Thursday 12th December at The Fort. This is an opportunity to meet, network and get to know each other better. A great deal for £12! Book at operations@bpchurch.uk or 07742 627001.
Prayer for the World:  Christmas is a time when many churches around the world face increased persecution. We will be meeting to pray for them on Wednesday 18th December at 4pm, at 21 Lenborough Road. Please join us if you can. Further details from zenagreig@hotmail.co.uk
 
CAP Life Skills: The next free course starts on Tuesday 28th January at The Centre. A try-out taster session is on Tuesday 21st January. For further information call or text 07458 604064 see BPChurch.uk/CAP or email annhubbard@caplifeskills.org
 
Alpha: two new Alpha courses are starting in January, day and evening. Alpha is a superb non-threatening way to introduce people to the Christian faith, & Christmas is a great opportunity to invite friends, family, neighbours and work colleagues. Invitation and prayer cards are available. Please speak to any team member after services, see the BPC website bpchurch.uk/alpha for details, or call the hotline 07971 512075.
 
Connect Groups: If you would like to draw closer to Jesus, grow as a disciple, get to know people in the church family better, or join a group of friends who are interested in you & praying for you, then do consider joining a Connect Group. There are always new opportunities. To find out more please contact Michael Greig at connect@bpchurch.uk.
 
Admin Assistant: BPC needs to recruit someone for 8 hours per week, preferably with experience of Office 365, to help with ‘digital’ workload in the office & finance team. Email Jan: manager@bpchurch.uk.
 
SOS Team:  The SOS Team needs volunteers to help manage the service to provide emergency accommodation for a homeless person for up to three nights over the winter. The church has a fully equipped room at The Centre and there are established procedures. Please contact Andrew Gibson operations@bpchurch.uk or phone 07742 627001 for details.
 
BPC Website: Are you connected? See www.bpchurch.uk for all you need to know. Sign up and log-in to MyChurchSuite to stay in the loop.
 
Bookstall: Do look at the new selection of books on the bookstall at the back of church. Some would make great Christmas gifts for children and adults and others would help on a spiritual journey through Advent. For orders contact Zena Greig on 01280 309025 or zenagreig@hotmail.co.uk
 
Traidcraft: Christmas cards, gifts and more are available from the back of the church. Orders welcome. Make yours a Fairtrade Christmas!
 
 
Christmas Day Lunch: Do you know anyone who might be on their own at Christmas and a potential guest? Could you join the team to help put on a special Christmas meal? If you have family at home are you able to invite a neighbour to share your family’s Christmas lunch or tea? Details from: Stephen.Townsend@salvationarmy.org.uk (07770 380717)
 
Greek & Hebrew Lessons: Hilary term starts on 10th January 2020.
 
Giving to BPC: We would love everyone to regularly gift to the work of BPC, via our Giving Scheme. Single non-cash donations can use our chip & pin device or the QR code here, donating via debit/credit card or apple pay etc. For further details see: stewardship@bpchurch.uk.
 
Useful contact details
Rector:                            Rev Will Pearson-Gee: rector@bpchurch.uk (830221)
Rector’s PA:                   Sue Fox: parector@bpchurch.uk (830223)
Pastoral Care:                Jo Wigley: care@bpchurch.uk (07512 274423)
Worship Leader:           Ali Burt: worship@bpchurch.uk (07823 494704)
Youth Leader:                Lara Burt: youth@bpchurch.uk (07375 667190)
Families Leader:            Jo Brice: families@bpchurch.uk
Outreach Leader          Olly Holland; olly@bpchurch.uk
Children’s Leader         Jayde Crouch; kids@bpchurch.uk
Safeguarding team:      Jane Wardale & Denise Evans: safeguarding@bpchurch.uk
Prayer Chain:                 If you need or know of someone who needs prayer, please call Gill Croxton who heads up the Prayer Chain (815100)
Connect Groups:           Rev Michael Greig (309025) connect@bpchurch.uk
Stewardship Co-ordinator:      Judith Bundock (813887) stewardship@bpchurch.uk
Organist & Choirmaster:    Robert Tucker (847154)  choir@bpchurch.uk
Full service information:   www.bpchurch.uk
Duty Churchwardens:        7th Nov – 8th Dec               Bob Legrove (01280 824570)
                                               9th  – 13th December        Paddy Collins (01280 823006)
                                               14th – 15th December      Pam Fox (01280 812511)
Parish Office:          Mon to Fri, 10am - 12pm (821509): office@bpchurch.uk
Notice sheet items by email to newsletter@bpchurch.uk by 6pm on Wednesday

Last week's notices

1st December 2019                                                                                      Advent Sunday
 
 
Welcome to Buckingham Parish Church.
If you are new or just visiting do please make yourself known to one of the clergy or the welcome team – we’d love to get to know you.
 
Children: We have great provision for children in our services.
At the 9.30am service there are age-appropriate groups for ages 3 to Year 6.
There are also two zones at the back of church for younger children to play whilst the service continues and they remain in the care of their parent/carer.
At our 11.15am service we have a group for primary aged children and at 6pm we have a group for children in Year 3 to Year 6 as well as our Youth Group.  
 
Streaming: All services are streamed into the Tower Room. This is a quiet place to go but children using it should be supervised by a parent/carer at all times. Please note that our 9.30am and 6.00pm services will be ‘live streamed’ for on-line viewing. If you do not wish to be included, please sit at the rear of the church or in the side aisles. All that is recorded (for viewing later) is the sermon, featuring only the preacher.
 
1st December 2019                                                                                      Advent Sunday
9.30 am      Family Service                                            The Last Things; “Judgement”
                                        Matthew 25: 31-46 (p.995); 2 Corinthians 5: 6-10 (p.1161)
11.15 am    Advent Eucharist                                               Advent; “The day is near”
                                                          Rom 13: 11-end (p.1140); Matt 24: 36-44 (p.994)
6 pm            Contemporary Service
                      with Holy Communion                                  (details as for 9.30 service)
 
Today’s Collect
Almighty God,
give us grace to cast away the works of darkness
and to put on the armour of light,
now in the time of this mortal life,
in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility;
that on the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty
to judge the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal;
through him who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Pray through the week for:
  • those who are ill 
  • all those who mourn, especially friends & family of Ron Buckingham, Don Davis and Joyce Smith that they may be comforted by God’s presence.
 
The Week Ahead:
 
Monday 2nd December 8-9.00 pm Prayer & Praise
Tuesday 3rd December 8.30 am Prayer Meeting in the Rectory
  10-11.30 am Women’s Heaven
  12-1.15pm Community Lunch
  6.00-7.30pm Blaze (Years 7-9)
  7.30-9.00pm Blaze (Years 10-13)
Wednesday 4th Dec 10-11.45 am Women’s Connect
  10.00 am Holy Communion
  8-9.00 pm Waiting for Jesus at BPC
Thursday 5th December 10.00 am ARK group for toddlers, parents and carers
  7.15 pm Choir Practice
Friday 6th December 7.00 pm Prayers in the Tower Room
Saturday 7th December 10.30am-12 Coffee Service Café
 
Second Sunday of Advent
Sunday 8th December 8.00 am Holy Communion
  9.30 am Family Service
  11.15 am Parish Communion
  3.00 pm Messy Church
  6.00 pm Contemporary Service
     
 
Prayer Ministry: This is available at all services in the Lady Chapel, and at 6.00pm at the front of each side aisle. At 11.15am, please come after Communion, or later. Prayer brings the Lord’s healing and wholeness.
 
Newcomers: Please fill in a Welcome Card if you are new and want to regularly worship with us. Will and Lucia would love to invite you for a Welcome Meal. Please contact Sue Fox at parector@bpchurch.uk
 
Prayer & Praise: 8-9pm Monday 2nd December. It is so important to be a church that prays about all our activities. Do join us. You can always pick up a leaflet; this will help to guide your prayers through the month.
 
CAP Life Skills: Try-Out taster sessions are on Tuesday 3rd December & 21st January. The next free course starts on Tuesday 28th January at The Centre. For further information see BPChurch.uk/CAP or call or text 07458 604064 or email annhubbard@caplifeskills.org
 
‘Waiting for Jesus’: 8-9 pm Wednesday 4th December in the church. Join us for an hour of Scriptures, Music, Readings and Reflection, to help us prepare for Christmas and the Return of Jesus.
 
Spire Lighting: The spire will be lit for a week from 2nd to 9th December in loving memory of John Ballard, from Betty and family.
 
Healing through Creativity: Monday 9th December, 7-9.15pm in the Ringing Chamber at BPC. The creativity evenings are a time of refreshment, to listen and be still and receive God’s healing touch through different creative starting points. Open to all. More info on BPC website or email Emma Cottrell at info@createdcreative.co.uk
 
Alpha: new Alpha courses are starting in January. Alpha is a superb non-threatening way to introduce people to the Christian faith, & Christmas is a great opportunity to invite friends, family, neighbours and work colleagues. Please speak to any team member to find out more details.
 
Connect Groups: If you would like to draw closer to Jesus, grow as a disciple, get to know people in the church family better, or join a group of friends who are interested in you & praying for you, then do consider joining a Connect Group. There are always new opportunities. To find out more please contact Michael Greig at connect@bpchurch.uk.
 
Admin Assistant: BPC needs to recruit someone for 8 hours per week, preferably with experience of Xero & Office 365, to help with ‘digital’ workload in the office & finance team. Email Jan: manager@bpchurch.uk.
 
SOS Team:  The SOS Team needs volunteers to help manage the service to provide emergency accommodation for a homeless person for up to three nights over the winter. The church has a fully equipped room at The Centre and there are established procedures. Contact Olly Holland olly@bpchurch.uk or phone 07742 627001 for details.
 
Bookstall: Do look at the new selection of books on the bookstall at the back of church. Some would make great Christmas gifts for children and adults and others would help on a spiritual journey through Advent. For orders contact Zena Greig on 01280 309025 or zenagreig@hotmail.co.uk
 
Traidcraft: Christmas cards, gifts and more are available from the back of the church. Orders welcome. Make yours a Fairtrade Christmas!
 
Advent Carols: Thornborough Church is holding an Advent Carol service by candle-light at 6pm on Sunday 1st December. All welcome.
 
Christmas Day Lunch: Do you know anyone who might be on their own at Christmas and a potential guest? Could you join the team? Could you invite a neighbour to share your family’s Christmas lunch or tea? Details from: Stephen.Townsend@salvationarmy.org.uk (07770 380717)
 
Greek & Hebrew Lessons: continue at the Centre with Hebrew at 6pm on 6th December, and Greek at 10am-12md on 7th December. This brings Michaelmas term to an end; Hilary term starts on the 10th January 2020.
 
Giving to BPC: We would love everyone to regularly gift to the work of BPC, via our Giving Scheme. Single non-cash donations can use our chip & pin device or the QR code here, donating via debit/credit card or apple pay etc. For further details see: stewardship@bpchurch.uk
 
Useful contact details
Rector:                          Rev Will Pearson-Gee: rector@bpchurch.uk (830221)
Rector’s PA:                Sue Fox: parector@bpchurch.uk (830223)
Pastoral Care:             Jo Wigley: care@bpchurch.uk (07512 274423)
Worship Leader:        Ali Burt: worship@bpchurch.uk (07823 494704)
Youth Leader:             Lara Burt: youth@bpchurch.uk (07375 667190)
Families Leader:        Jo Brice: families@bpchurch.uk
Outreach Leader       Olly Holland; olly@bpchurch.uk
Children’s Leader      Jayde Crouch; kids@bpchurch.uk
Safeguarding team: Jane Wardale & Denise Evans: safeguarding@bpchurch.uk
Prayer Chain:              If you need or know of someone who needs prayer, please call Gill Croxton who heads up the Prayer Chain (815100)
Connect Groups:       Rev Michael Greig (309025) connect@bpchurch.uk
Stewardship Co-ordinator:          Judith Bundock (813887) stewardship@bpchurch.uk
Organist & Choirmaster:     Robert Tucker (847154)  choir@bpchurch.uk
Full service information:   www.bpchurch.uk
Duty Churchwardens:   30th Nov – 1st Dec          Mike Evans (01280 814872)
                                               2nd  – 5th December      Paddy Collins (01280 823006)
                                               6th – 7th December        Bob Legrove (01280 824570)
Parish Office:        Mon to Fri, 10am - 12pm (821509): office@bpchurch.uk
Notice sheet items by email to newsletter@bpchurch.uk by 6pm on Wednesday