WEEKLY NOTICES 17th December  2017


Mon    18TH               2.00 p.m. Parish Carol Singing – Lakeside  Nursing Home

Tues.     19th            11.30 a.m.          Holy Communion Service   

                                       NO Lunch Club 

Wed.     20th              7.15 p.m.Evening Service - Lady Chapel

Thurs. 21st         10.15 a.m. Church Cleaning - Joint

Fri.       22nd          9.30a.m.           Flower Arrangers decorating Church 


Sun.       24th         4th    SUNDAY OF ADVENT   Christmas Eve             

                                     8.30 a.m.          Holy Communion

                  10.15 a.m.          Parish Communion 

   6.00p.m.Christingle Service

                 11.30p.m.First Communion of Christmas

Setting:       Darke in F

 Motets:      Lord when you came to earth – B. Rose

                                                 On this day, earth shall ring trad. arr. H. C.Stewart

                  Silent Night – F. Gruber arr. IT

                               Voluntary:   In dulci jubilo BWV 729 - J. S. Bach


Mon. 25th              10.30a.m.CHRISTMAS DAY

Setting:  Rawsthorne in F

 Motets:  Ding dong merrily on high – 

trad French arr. C. Wood

                                  Fum, fum, fum – trad. Catalonian arr. IT

                Voluntary:  Der Tag der ist so Freudenreich 

BWV 605- J. S. Bach       

                                                 (O hail this brightest day of days)


Tues.     26th            10.30 a.m.               Holy Communion – St. Stephen

Wed.     27th            10.30 a.m.               Holy Communion – St. John

Thurs.   28th            10.30 a.m.               Holy Communion – The Holy Innocents

      Sun.      31st               8.30a.m.                Holy Communion

                    10.15a.m.                Parish Communion

                      NO Evening Service


The Revd Canon Dr. Rod Garner    01704 538560      mobile: 07754812915

Email:   Website:




17th December 2017 








Practising members of other Christian denominations are invited to receive Holy Communion. If you are not confirmed but would like to receive a blessing please come forward with other communicants and place your hands below the altar rail. We hope you will join us for refreshments in the Parish Centre after the Service.


­­­­8.30 a.m.                          Holy Communion     


  10.15 a.m.                        PARISH  COMMUNION

  Setting:                Plainsong and Bairstow in Eb

   Introit:               5

  Epistle:         1 Thessalonians 5. 16 - 24

  Gradual:            298

  Gospel:           John 1. 6 - 8, 19 - 28             

  Address:               Sunday Club Presentation

  Offertory                       170

  Motets             The noble stem of Jesse -  trad.German arr.IT

             The Angel Gabriel – trad. Basque arr. E.Pettman

 Recessional:          10

  Voluntary:           Toccata Primi Toni – E.T.Sark


       6.00p.m.            Service of Lessons and Carols 

             Adam lay ybounden – B. Ord

                                       Lord when you came to earth – trad. Finnish arr. B. Rose

          Echo Carol – trad. German arr. IT

                                       Fum, fum, fum – trad. Catalonian – arr. IT

                                       Joy , joy from every steeple – J. Hewitt

                                       Eastern Monarchs, Sages Three – trad. French arr. IT

          On this day, earth shall ring – trad. Swedish – H. C. Stewart
                        Lully, lulla, lullay – P. Stopford

Voluntary:           Toccata from Symphonie Nr.5 – C. M. Widor



WEEKLY NOTICES   17th December  2017


TONIGHT at 6.00 p.m. (please note earlier time) The traditional Service of Lessons and Carols followed by seasonal refreshments. All most definitely welcome!


GOLDEN WEDDING Please join Marjorie and Alan Burness for cake and wine in the Parish Centre this morning as part of their celebrations to mark their Golden Wedding this Thursday. Our congratulations to them.


PARISH CAROL SINGING   Monday, 18th December 2 p.m. at Lakeside Nursing Home. 

All Welcome.


ADVENT MEDITATION  this Wednesday20th December at 7.15 p.m. in the Lady Chapel. 


SAINSBURYS CAROL SINGING proved a very happy hour with everyone in good humour and voice. We raised £119    and this will be shared between Shelter and Save The Children as part of our Christmas Appeal. ‘Thank you’ to everyone who turned up.


A REMINDER – especially as this very cold weather shivers our timbers – morning worship in January beginning with the Feast of the Epiphany on Sunday 7th January will be held in church not the Parish Centre.


CHARITABLE GIVING A sheet is enclosed with the notices providing details of the charities Trinity has supported over the past year. It’s a commendable achievement and reflects well on the continuing generosity of our congregation.


WEEKLY NOTICES are taking a Festive break now and will be printed again for Sunday 7th January, 2018.


FRIDAY PLUS 70 SERVICE TAKES A BREAK NOW UNTIL Friday 12th January when it resumes again at the usual time of 11.30 a.m.


FAITHFUL SERVANTS After many years service in their respective roles as Stewardship Officer and Church Watcher, John Aldred and Janet Fox-Kent are stepping down at the end of this month. They have been tremendously dedicated in their service and we are deeply appreciative of their work.


DIRECTOR OF MUSIC Ian Wells will leave us following the Christmas Day Communion Service at 10.30 a.m. He has made important contributions to the musical and worshipping life of Trinity over ten years and has brought out the best in many of our Choristers. We wish him well in 2018 and beyond.

PARISH CHRISTMAS CARD is available for you to sign  at the back of church with a message for friends and the congregation. Proceeds to Shelter and Save the Children. The Christmas card ‘pigeon hole’ box is also on display now for individual cards.


CHURCH DIARIES 2018  are  on sale at the back of church £1 each or 3 for £2. All proceeds to church funds.


BIBLE READING FELLOWSHIP   - Copies of the January to April edition of the Bible Reading Fellowship notes (New Daylight) have now arrived. The notes are ideal for anybody wanting an accessible yet stimulating aid to spending time with God each day, deepening their faith and their knowledge of scripture. People often comment on how the notes, written for a wide readership, offer thoughts and ideas that resonate with their own personal situation. Topics this time include the holy city of Jerusalem, the ancient stories in Genesis, Jesus' relationship with crowds, readings for Holy Week and Easter, the biblical sources for well known hymns, and much more. If you would like to try using the notes for a few weeks with no obligation, then please take a copy from the back of church, returning them if you find they are not quite in your style. The notes cost £4.40 and are available from Philip Righton.


HOLY TRINITY FELLOWSHIP  -   At our  meeting on Wednesday 10th January  we’re having a New Year Party hot food and a very special guest: Harriet is coming to tell us about her experiences in the Philippines.  Everybody is welcome to attend BUT you’ll have to pre order your food BEFORE CHRISTMAS:  this is a very special evening with a very special guest and we’re asking everyone (except the invited guests) to pay £5 each.

Please contact me as soon as possible if you wish to come.   Betty G.


LAST CALL - PARISH DIRECTORY is now available for your inspection at the back of church. Please check and, if necessary, correct your details. If you are new and wish to be included in the Directory, please add your details to the black sheets provided. Thank you.


BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE    John Woods (17th)                     Alan Lister Kidd (19th)  

Harriet Thomason (22nd)         Elizabeth Walker (22nd)            Rob Mason (26th)                        Norman Leggett (28th)            Catherine Neal (29th)                 Eve Adams  (29th)                        

Edith Lee  (30th)                          Frank Edwin Bailey (31st)         Linda Garner (31st )                     Evelyn Williams (31st)              Nellie Thompson(31st)              Clarence Randall (1stJan)          

Betty Bayley-Brown (1st Jan)     Elizabeth Lupton (2nd)          Joan Bence (4th)                           

Tina Langfield (5th)                     Rosemary Sykes (5th)                Martha Kurley  (6th)           


FLOWERS FOR CHRISTMAS  2017 - Decorating the Church for Christmas:  If you would like to come and join The Flower Arranging Team on  FRIDAY 22nd DECEMBER from 9.30am we should be very pleased to see you and would welcome any available help as we decorate the church for Christmas.  We are a group of volunteers who have had no professional training to speak of, so please do not be put off at the thought of being asked to do something you don't feel confident to tackle.


Donations: If you would like to make a donation towards the cost of Christmas flowers, please will you pass it to either Barbara Harvey or me at your earliest convenience.

Thank you. Jane Roberts


FLOWERS FOR 2018  - Donations: I should like to extend heartfelt thanks on behalf of all the flower arrangers to all those of you who have contributed so generously to the cost of flowers this past year.  Without your donations we would not be able to decorate the church each week in the manner to which we have become accustomed. In view of this, if you feel able to make a donation - perhaps in memory of a loved one or to celebrate a special event - I should be grateful if you would add your name to the list which you will find on the table at the back of church, ideally before Christmas.  I am often asked how much a donation should be.  There is no fixed amount and any donation, large or small, is welcome.  However, as a guide for you, it costs approximately £25.00 to arrange each pedestal.  This cost is based on flowers and oasis alone as we try to provide as much greenery as possible from our gardens.      

 Flower arrangers:  We are looking to extend the number of the flower arrangers and would welcome additional volunteers.  You will be most welcome and we will ensure that you are able to work alongside someone as you learn the ropes. Should you have any questions about any of the above, please don't hesitate to contact me. (Tel: 873883)   Thank you  -  Jane Roberts 

Holy Trinity Church 100 Club  -  Firstly a big thank you to all members who renewed their membership last year.  

The Christmas draw will be held TODAY with a top prize of £100.

The 100 Club runs from January to December and so we are getting to that time when we need to ask you to re-new your membership for all existing members & new members: 2018 Subscriptions are now being collected from December into January. 

An envelope with your payment and your full name can be handed to Paul Williamson. 

It’s £12.00 yearly, with a draw for each month with 3 money prizes. The remainder goes to church funds.


CHURCH CLEANING  - There will be a joint Church Clean NEXT Thursday 21st December at 10.15a.m. when there will be a lot of extra cleaning   to do to prepare the church for Christmas and any extra help would be greatly appreciated. Thank  you - Margaret Pegg

Church Choir Recordings   CD recordings of the choir’s residency at Exeter Cathedral this summer are on sale in the Parish Centre after this service.  This is a full length recording with 23 tracks and astonishingly good value at just £6.  There is also a DVD souvenir of the choir’s time in Exeter (£7).  If you didn’t pick up a copy of the recording of last year’s Remembrance Concert including the Fauré Requiem, then there are still a few copies remaining too.  These are, of course, just in time for Christmas and will make wonderful presents, so save yourself the trouble and worry of buying in town or on line and buy from Trinity.  Remember “Don’t Miss Out!”.


FOR YOUR PRAYERS:     Elsa Dowling,   Betty Cochrane,       Bill Stead,         Fay Redhead,              Mary Rimmer,    Kath Pickup,        Ian Munro,      Liz Breen,   Sybil Edwards,   Cyril Brown,   Jean Berry,           Richard Elliott.,   Rev’d  John Cowling,         June Howarth,   Joan Hill.

Barbara Hodgson,    Harry Mallins.

Children:  Jessica May Ruston,      Noah Cunningham,   


SHOE BOXES - 32 shoe boxes were completed by the Mothers’ Union at the beginning of December and are now on the way to deserving children! 

A huge thank you to all members of the Mothers’ Union who contributed and filled the boxes and to everyone else who helped in any way -THANK YOU Sue P.


LUNCH CLUB   Is  taking  a Christmas break now and will resume on Tuesday 9th January. Last Tuesday over 50 people enjoyed a delicious traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings and surprise entertainment afterwards from “Canon & Ball” (Rod & Bob)!! Our thanks go to Margaret Harwood and Sue for all the hard work they put in to make it so successful and the Helpers too, not forgetting our Entertainers. Thank you everyone!   If anyone would like to come to Lunch Club on Tuesdays at 12noon please speak to Sue or Betty G -  a two course meal with tea/coffee is  just £4 and you will be most welcome.


HARRIET’S BACK! Our Missionary sister Harriet is back from the Philippines and her wider travels. After all her adventures she is in good heart and will be sharing some of her stories with us in the New Year.




3rd Sunday of Advent  -       Collect

 O  Lord Jesus Christ, who at your first coming sent your messenger to prepare   your way before you: grant that the ministers and stewards of your mysteries  may likewise so prepare and make ready your way by turning the hearts of the  disobedient to the wisdom of the just, that at your second coming to judge the  world we may be found an acceptable people in your sight;  Amen


1 Thessalonians 5.  16 - 24

My brothers and sisters, 

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  Do not quench the Spirit. 

Do not despise the words of prophets, but test everything; hold fast to what is good; abstain from every form of evil. 

May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do this.

 John 1.  6 - 8, 19 - 28

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. 

This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, ‘Who are you?’ He confessed and did not deny it, but confessed, ‘I am not the Messiah.’ And they asked him, ‘What then? Are you Elijah?’ He said, ‘I am not.’

‘Are you the prophet?’ He answered, ‘No.’ Then they said to him, ‘Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?’ He said, ‘I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, “Make straight the way of the Lord,”’ as the prophet Isaiah said. Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. They asked him, ‘Why then are you baptizing if you are neither the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?’ John answered them, ‘I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not know, the one who is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal.’ This took place in Bethany across the Jordan where John was baptizing.

Bible Readings  for  December


1 Thessalonians 5. 16 – 24

John 1 6 – 8, 19 - 28

Ann Ferguson


Romans 16. 25 – 27

Luke 1. 26 – 38







Joan & Derek Miller


Marie Coates & Vicki Butler


Coffee Rota (Parish Centre)  December


Ann Ferguson,  B.Carter M.Penlington


M.Caplan, D.Wigmore, J.Roberts, D. Sharrock


S.Candler, L.Knifton,  L.Walker


Church Cleaning



21st    10.15a.m.       

Joint Clean 



Christmas Blessings