THE CIVIC CAROL SERVICE takes place on Sunday 10 December at 3.30pm at St John, Sidcup. The Archdeacon is the preacher.

SACRAMENT OF PENANCE If you wish to make your confession in preparation for Christmas please make an appointment with Fr Philip or Fr Robert. If you are unsure how to make a confession or need help in preparing they are happy to give instruction and guidance.

CHURCH POST BOX for Christmas Cards is available until Wednesday 13 December. Cards will be distributed during refreshments on Sunday 17 December. Please post early!

CHURCHWARDENS The Churchwardens invite the congregation to join them for Sherry and Shortbread on Sunday 17 December.

WEDNESDAY 20 DECEMBER Please note that there will not a Mass on this date. However, members of the congregation are welcome to attend Holy Trinity School’s end of term Mass at 10.30am.

BIG CHURCH CLEAN for Christmas is on Thursday 21 December from 9am, please bring your own polish and dusters. Refreshments provided.

DECORATING THE CHURCH for Christmas will take place on Friday 22 December from 10am.

FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT There will be a said Mass with hymns at the usual time of  10am on Sunday 24 December to observe the Fourth Sunday of Advent.

REFRESHMENTS Beginning on Sunday 7 January rather than serving coffee in the Church Hall on the first Sunday of the month we will be serving wine and juice in church following the Parish Mass. The PCC has decided to trial this on an experimental basis to see if it encourages fellowship especially among newcomers.

POSTAGE STAMPS If you have any old stamps you wish to dispose of could you please put them in the jar on the Information Table, in aid of the RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People). They will be sent in January.

HOME INSURANCE To celebrate their 130th anniversary, Ecclesiastical Insurance is offering to donate £130 to our church when a new home insurance policy is taken out by a parishioner. For more information please visit: www.ecclesiastical.com.

FLOWERS Flowers are not displayed in church during Advent, however, sponsorship dates are now available for the New Year. Please see the poster in the porch.

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