Well here we are once again thinking of Christmas. Services at St George’s for the month follow the usual pattern with a Eucharist/ Holy Communion on the first Sunday of the month (7th December) and Sung Evensong on the third Sunday (21st December) – as usual both services are at 6.30 pm.
As it’s the Christmas season, two further services will take place during the month. Firstly on Sunday 14th December at 3.30 pm, we have our annual service of Lessons & Carols with Blessing of the Crib. This will include the traditional Christingle procession for the young visitors. The Canterbury City Band will once again lead our singing and there will also be light refreshments available after the service.
On Christmas Eve at 9 pm, there will also be the usual short service of Christmas carols, readings and prayers.
NEW ALTAR FRONTAL
In preparation for the great festival of Christmas, the church year embraces Advent – a period of penitence, reflection and preparation in readiness for the coming of the Christ child. This is a rather sombre time in the church year which is reflected in the use of the colour purple to adorn the altar, church fittings and the priest’s vestments.
In memory of former village resident Miss Evelyn Parr, who was for so many years the secretary to our Parochial Church Council, we have commissioned a new purple altar frontal which has been made by Mrs Julie Kirby from Hythe. The interior of St George’s is somewhat plain (some might say austere) which has the great advantage of allowing the exceptional architectural features to be shown to their full advantage. However, it is important to remember that our church is not just a place of architectural interest but also, first and foremost, a bold statement of this village’s belief throughout the ages in the glory of God. Anything we can do to further the beauty of holiness within our ancient church is surely worthwhile.
CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY
On the afternoon of Saturday 13th December, a children’s Christmas Party will be held in the Village Hall between 3 and 6 pm. The party, which includes refreshments and a disco, will also involve the making of the Christingles in readiness for the following day’s service. Thanks to the IAA and Margaret for arranging this event.
We meet outside the Village Hall at 6.30 pm on Wed. 17th December for Carol Singing in order to raise funds for our Christmas charities. Bring a torch and wrap up warmly. We finish at The Bell for mince pies and mulled wine by courtesy of Vanda and Mark.
Christmas is so often a time of excess when some of us might possibly eat and drink rather more than might be usual. Fear not – help is at hand! Every Monday afternoon in the Village Hall, between 1.30 and 2.30, a freestyle dance exercise class might be just what you’re looking for. It’s open to anyone aged over 18 and costs £5 a session. For further information call Charlotte on 07743 278899.
On behalf of St George’s PCC, may I wish all Ivychurch villagers a happy, restful and blessed Christmas.
For unto us a child is born,
unto us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
IVYCHURCH ST. GEORGE
Where the word “in” appears before a date it signifies that the
priest was in occupation of the benefice during that year but
the date of his institution is not known.
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