Advent Adventure: 29th Nov onwards
All week, starting on Saturday 28th November, we shall be holding a series of events as we begin Advent: the season of preparation for Christmas. In the centre of church we will have a candlelit labyrinth laid out on the floor.
It's a great way to practice prayer or mindfulness: a labyrinth looks like a maze, which you walk slowly round the paths to the centre and then back out again. It's a great way to relax as you quietly walk through it.
Sunday 29th Nov (Advent Sunday itself): our morning services will be held around the labyrinth
Sunday 29th Nov: 6:30-8:30pm: Candlelit Advent Adventure: everybody welcome.
There will be a series of events for groups, including schools, during the following week, culminating with Messy Church on Saturday 5th December. However the church is open as usual during the day, so just drop in and have a little extra peace and quiet for a while.
Messy Christmas: Saturday 5th Dec.
Messy Church continues on the first Saturday each month, starting at 3:30pm in Burghfield church and parish centre. The next dates are:
5th December: Twinkly Sparkly Messy Christmas
There will be all the usual stories, crafts, songs, prayer and we eat together around 5:00pm. All are welcome, entry is free: children bring your Mum and Dad, someone else's Mum and Dad, or any other (responsible) adults who need an excuse to be messy.
Saturday January 9th: Instead of Messy Church, in January we're having a movie afternoon - but can't say which one yet! Starting at 4:00pm, it promises to be great fun: come along to the Parish Centre for a great post-Christmas time. Entrance is free, just come and have a really fun time.
Christmas Tree Fair: 11-13th December
New this year: St Mary's is hosting the Burghfield Christmas Tree Fair. Over the weekend from 11th to 13th December, the church will be filled with Christmas trees provided and decorated by organisations from around our community.
From schools to community groups, the church will be open over these three days, so why not come down and have a look. More details soon!
Toy Services: Sunday 6th December
On Sunday 6th December we shall be holding our annual event to support Berkshire Womens Aid (BWA). Donations of new or nearly new toys are welcomed (particularly any for older children), and blessed at our morning services.
Please don't wrap your presents, as BWA will need to match them with suitable children. We will see that they get to BWA in time for Christmas. Families may leave abusive and dangerous situations with little more than the clothes they stand up in - this is a particularly difficult time of year for them - so please support us again this year. Thank-you!
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