Christ Church -
the Revd Andrew Hemming, Priest for Redhill; 01761-462582     M: 07584-124198 E:<andrewmhemming@btinternet.com>
December has arrived and so you have a right to expect of your church an array of sparkling and uplifting events to lead us all into our Chris-mas celebrations. We will be given, I am sure, exactly that. But, writing this article I am unsure exactly how they will all come about. The reason is that a problem has revealed itself with the plaster on the inside front wall of the church; the one which has the wonderful arch leading onto the Altar. Currently the church is in total disarray, with scaffolding at the front and a lot of furniture piled at the back. A large area of plaster has had to be removed, which has created a lot of dust. So our focus has been on restoring the church to working order, rather than planning special services for December. What I would have wanted to be a slick presentation of some carefully crafted events, will be much more ‘seat of the pants’.

Should we be upset? Have we let ourselves down?
When Joseph set out with heavily pregnant Mary for Bethlehem, to register himself as commanded by the Roman authorities, I doubt that was a well planned and slick operation. They would still have been reeling from the shock of how this pregnancy came about. Joseph, was probably having a hard time from Mary’s parents, who must have been sceptical about her story of angels and bearing the Son of God. Their friends were probably also giving them jip. I suspect they left with little preparation and no idea as to what would happen next. May be this year’s Advent services, preparing us for Christmas, will be closer to the reality I have just de-scribed than we might have wanted. And if your preparation for Christmas feels a bit like this; pulling things together at the last minute; may be you too are getting closer to the reality of that first Christmas. Whatever happens to our best laid plans, I am sure we will all be surprised and amazed, once again, at the joy the Christ Child brings to us at Christmas.

That being the case, we hope to have:

Candles of Advent: a service for all the family on Sunday 2nd December at 4:30pm.

Advent Carol Service with Brass Band, Mince Pies and Mulled Wine: on Sunday 9th December at 7pm.

Carols in the Club: Thursday 20th December in the Village Club at 8pm.

Midnight Mass: Monday 24th December at 11:30pm.

There will be no service in church on Christmas morning.

May God bless us all this Christmas with peace and joy.


Every 4th Wednesday
10.30am-12.30pm Coffee’n’Company
An pop-up café providing an opportunity to catch up with friends and meet new ones over coffee and cake

Every 4th Sunday
4-5pm Storytime
A time to explore Bible stories for primary aged children and their families

Alternate Thursdays
2-3.30pm The Tot Spot
Come and have some fun with other young parents and their toddlers

Singing for Fun
Having celebrated our first anniversary in November we now look forward to Christmas and as December tends to be a busy month for most of us we will meet again on Tuesday 15 January 2019 at 7 pm in Christ Church, Redhill.

Thank you to everyone for coming along both to sing and do all the technical stuff. We have had a lot of fun throughout the year and I have thoroughly enjoyed singing along with everyone

Redhill WI

We held our annual Harvest Supper on Friday, 26th October. We had a lovely evening with a Ploughman’s Supper and entertainment by The Twerzels. A big ‘thank you’ to all who and helped make it such an enjoyable event and to all who helped to make it a success. We made £237.50, which will be used to support WI activities and initiatives.

Future dates for your diaries -

16th February - Ceilidh (see posters/ Facebook in the New year for further details)

13th April - Easter Extravaganza

29th June - Land Army Cream Tea

22nd September - Table Top Sale

25th October - Harvest Supper

We look forward to seeing you at any (indeed all) of these events!

ReminderSinging For Fun will resume on 3rd Tuesday in January - 15th January – at 7pm in Christ Church, Redhill. We hope you can join us