Chapter 152 [day 259]: Wednesday 2 December
Good morning all
It’s December already and today the recent lockdown restrictions are eased, although not as you’d notice! We know some of you are preparing for the most unusual Christmas you can remember but some will be sharing time with family albeit restricted in what you are able to do. Whilst many in our nation seem desperate to enjoy a ‘traditional’ Christmas family get-together, we are aware that many of us have already decided to spend this Christmas alone. But whatever your plans may be, we trust you will remain safe and of good cheer despite the restrictions and obvious concerns for health.
I’m not including any special thoughts for today but instead attach Ciaran’s latest newsletter for you to catch up on his news as well as inspire some thoughts for this Advent time.
In a rather different vein, here's a video that explains about one of the regular features of Christmas celebrations >>> https://watch.redeemtv.com/advent-calendar/season: /videos/advent-calendar-on-dvd-s01-e02-december-2-501053d-feature-film
This coming Sunday, we will be opening the Chapel again for a service at 10:30am and as you will be aware, we are also incorporating the annual Toylink appeal with that service so you can donate new toys to Birmingham City Mission’s Toylink project. Details have already been sent in several of our previous emails, but if you’re unsure, give us a call. Also, if you have a toy to donate but won’t be able to come to Chapel this week, once again get in touch and we’ll organise to collect from you.
This Sunday also we will have the Christmas Postbox out for any cards you wish to send to other Chapel members. The cards will be carefully sorted and delivered, and once again if you’re not able to be there, let us know and we’ll get the cards collected from you. Just a reminder that if you normally send just one card to everyone at the Chapel, you can still do that, and as in previous years, if you wish, you can include a charity donation.
For Sunday 20 December it is proposed that in addition to the morning service in the Chapel, some of us could safely gather on the front carpark of the Chapel around 5:30pm for a short carol singing session for the benefit of our neighbours and passers-by. The outdoor carol singing could also be repeated on Christmas Eve. However, prevailing Covid gathering rules will still apply and we do need to manage numbers for both carol singing sessions so you will need to let us know if you want to join us. We are aware that Marilyn & Lynne with others will be carol-singing up and down Rectory Park Avenue on Christmas Eve which promises to be a very professional performance!
On the subject of carol singing, some Sutton churches are planning ‘DoorStep Carols’ for Monday 21 December at 8pm. If you would like to get involved individually or with someone else, here are the details >>> DoorStepCarols.com
You will be familiar with the excellent coffee that was served at the Chapel on Sundays, Coffee Mornings and other occasions until we had to stop refreshments last Spring. If you or someone you know brews coffee by filter or cafetiere, there is a quantity of 50g sachets of Peruvian 100% Fairtrade ground coffee available and still in date. Just let us know if you could use any sachets.
Sunday’s email will be sent in the afternoon so that we can include extracts from the morning service especially for those of you who are unable to join with us in person in the morning. If you are hoping to be with us on Sunday morning, don’t forget to book your seat firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us
Enjoy the rest of the week, keep warm and stay safe.