Call to Wokingham parishioners to make a difference to the vulnerable.

Three special church services this Sunday (3rd December) will celebrate the Christian hope of Christ’s love, light and peace coming into the world.

At each service parishioners will be invited to take part in activities which will make a difference to the most vulnerable in the community.  This is Advent Sunday when All Saints Church will join Christians across the world to mark the beginning of the season of Advent. In this season Christians examine their priorities and pledge themselves afresh to pray, hope and work for the coming of Christ into the world and the breaking out of justice, compassion and healing in the lives of all people and communities.

Rector of All Saints Church , Canon David Hodgson, said:

“Partnering with three charities at local , national and global levels those taking part at each service will  not only be blessed by the hope-filled prayers, music  and messages of Christ’s love, but also will bless others by making gifts and donating gifts. These will make a real difference to vulnerable people and communities for Christmas and throughout the coming year.

An All Together Communion Service for Advent at 9.30am  is partnering with the Wokingham Foodbank to provide Christmas gifts and necessary items which the Foodbank can distribute to the homeless. Parishioners are invited to donate these items from a list available here.  At the service children and young people, and adults too,  will make cards and gift boxes and write messages to accompany the items. Those less “crafty” will be invited to discuss what the bible’s message for Advent of Christ’s coming means for them and the community. As traditional during Advent the first candle will be lit on the Advent ring. The service will culminate in the sacrament of Holy Communion. Everyone will be welcomed to the altar table, whether to receive Communion or a prayer of blessing . There will also be a collection at the end of this service for the global charity Church Mission Society (See piece below on 6.30pm service for details).

The Christingle Service at 3.30pm is a partnership with the The Children’s Society, the national charity for vulnerable children, supported by a local Wokingham committee.  The annual Christingle Service  is a firm favourite with the young at heart, with it’s beautiful spectacle of lights spread around the church in the afternoon’s gathering darkness; celebrating Christ the Light of the world who shines in the darkness and is never overcome by it. This year’s Christingle service will once again include all the children making their own Christingle. Parishioners are invited to make a donation to the vital work of The Children’s Society across the country. The Children’s Society believes no child should feel alone.It fights child poverty and neglect, and helps all children have a better chance in life. After the service everyone will be welcomed to a festive afternoon tea in The Cornerstone.

In the Advent Candlelight Service at 6.30pm, by the light of candles, the Advent hope of the coming of Christ will be celebrated in the sublime music of the sacred choral tradition sung by All Saints Church Choir,  interspersed with short bible readings and traditional Advent hymns such as “O Come O Come Emmanuel.”  At the end of this service parishioners will be invited to donate to the work of the Church Mission Society (CMS) in a retiring collection.  CMS is one of the two main global Christian mission societies supported by All Saints Church. (The other is USPG).  CMS works  in over 40 countries worldwide to support and enable all, who choosing to join God’s mission,  work to bring challenge, change, hope and freedom to the world.”

 

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