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St Michael & All Angels          Jane Pemberton, Becky Patch - Churchwardens       Angela Smythe - Lay-reader Advent, four weeks before Christmas, is a special season when we anticipate the coming of God’s son to us. Yes, Christmas is almost here. Are family, friends visiting you – are you going to them? One way or other there is a “coming towards” in love and excitement. There is a busyness on both sides, preparations for a festive, joyous being together. Festivals are feasts of rejoicing, sharing with those we love, perhaps opening our hearts and doors for unknown extra guests. They are a celebration of the past, present and future as so wonderfully described by Scrooge in Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol”. They unite us with our ancestors, each other and lay family traditions for future generations. The four Sundays of Advent bring the Old Testament promises into the present, reveal the faith, humility and courageous love of Mary and renew the expectancy and joy of Christ’s birth. We find time to prepare earnestly for our visitors. Advent is a time to find quiet moments, oh yes we can!, to reflect upon the true cause of our rejoicing - Christ’s birth, to welcome him with glad hearts, to renew our confidence in the present, our hope in the future, to pray for those unable to celebrate for whatever reason. In doing so we know more fully God’s love for us in his greatest gift to us and all people. May Christmas Blessings of Peace, Love and Joy be with us all. Diary Dates: Sunday 3rd December 4pm Christingle Service Sunday 17th December 4pm Carol Service and Nativity Christmas Day 9.30am Family Communion Sunday 31st December 10am Family Service. A short relaxed Service for all ages to thank God for our Christmas fun and gifts, especially for the baby Jesus. Please bring a present to show. A chance to sing a favourite carol and an early toast to the New Year Sunday 28th January 11.15am Plough Service Please note NO Xplore in January. Restarts Sunday 4th February 9am We wish you all a joyous and peaceful Christmas Jane Pemberton
 Pilates classes at Butcombe Village Hall - Tuesday and Thursday evenings.