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On this website you will find the Cross and Crown for the coming week, together with an order of service for the next few Sundays, as we begin the new Christian year and the season of Advent, which of course just means 'arrival'. First of all, some reminders about what's happening today. There will be morning prayer and then a Eucharist up at St Mary's at 9 am this morning (wrap up warm if you're coming to those!). Then this afternoon in St Barnabas we welcome the Polymnia Chamber Choir with the Alina Orchestra as they present ‘Classical Christmas’ at 4 pm. Pieces will include Vaughan Williams’ Fantasy on Christmas Carols; and Corelli’s Christmas Concerto. Tickets are £20 and include seasonal refreshments in the hall afterwards.
On Sunday, we have the Advent lunch after the 10 am Eucharist, with a said Eucharist at 8 am and Evensong at 6 pm. Later, during the week, the Servers’ Office is on Tuesday at 8 pm in the Lady Chapel, the Deanery Synod meets at St Giles’ Totternhoe at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, and on Friday the Bible Book Club meets at 7 pm in the Chesterfield Room, upstairs in the Dorothy Hall suite, when we will be discussing ‘The Great Divorce’ by C S Lewis. Lastly, next Saturday, the 9th December, we will welcome the Chanteuses ladies choir at 7 pm. Tickets are £12; students £6.
I have also been asked to mention the decision made by the PCC earlier this year, when after several years supporting the 'Friends of Mombasa children' charity, we decided to support a similar charity in Uganda, the Rukungiri Orphan Partnership. Rukungiri is in the south west of Uganda, approximately 3,000 feet above sea level. The orphan partnership runs a Nursery School and a Primary School for orphans, as well as a Vocational Training Centre teaching skills to older orphans. There are several hundred boarders, and the Partnership employs a full-time matron and a Counsellor, as many of the orphans have traumatic past experiences of war and bereavement. The entire project is funded by donations: everything is summed up in their logo ‘God’s love in Action’. Just as with the Fiends of Mombasa children in Kenya, the charity is an immensely valuable local effort reliant on donations, and would welcome individual supporters as well as support from organisations. At the Advent lunch we will be inviting donations to the Orphan partnership and the other two charities supported by the PCC this year: Kids Out and the Leighton-Linslade Helpers.
As the new year begins, I think it is also time to examine the list of names we pray for every week. If you asked for a name to be put on the list of those needing prayer, could you perhaps let me know over the course of the next week or so if you would like the name to be retained on the list or removed, and also how that person is doing at the moment, if possible?
Lastly, two other notices: on Sunday the 10th (not tomorrow but next Sunday) we will have the Carol Service at St Mary's at 3 pm. And on Friday the 8th, as well as the Bible Book Club here, there will be Beer and Carols at Astral Park at 7 pm organised by the Church of the Good Shepherd.
I think that's enough for now. God bless, and happy new year for tomorrow!
The Rev'd Dr B Minton
Team Vicar of Linslade
Ouzel Valley Team