As Advent approaches and people make plans for Christmas we are eager to extend a warm welcome to anyone who’d like to join us at Burghfield Common Methodist Church (just opposite the post office). Anyone is welcome any time – our normal services are at 10:30 every Sunday and we have a lively Sunday School with a dozen primary school-aged children. Our Women’s Fellowship also extends a welcome to any ladies who are free on Tuesdays at 14:00.
We believe everyone needs love, hope, encouragement and good news – especially now we’re so confused about how to fix the mess the planet is in, our politicians remain so deadlocked and the nights draw in. We’re particularly pleased to invite you to following services and activities:
On Sunday December 1st at 10:30 we are having a traditional Christingle Service and are collecting good quality used toys to give to the Reading Family Aid Christmas Toy Project, or donations for an orphanage in Swaziland.
On Christmas Eve at 4pm we have our busiest service –a Chaotic Nativity service – every child will be invited to dress up in costumes (we’ll provide) and take part in telling the story of Christmas. Last year we were overloaded with children wanting to be donkeys, so could do with a few kings or angels this year! There will be sandwiches, cake and other refreshments after.
On Christmas Eve at 11pm we welcome anyone who would like a more traditional service, with favourite Carols and some time for contemplation and celebration – the calm before the storm perhaps?
Our short Christmas Day Service is at 10am, and we welcome every child (or the young at heart) to show off a gift they have received as we celebrate together.
Finally, we would like to invite anyone at all who can sing, to join us in Carol Singing around the village at 19:00 on Saturday 21st, Sunday 22nd or Monday 23rd of December, meeting at the Methodist Chapel at 19:00. We will have two entirely optional rehearsals on Tuesday 10th and Tuesday 17th of December (also at 19:00 – parking will be tight though – so we suggest using the Village hall car park). Our carol singing will be to raise money for one of Britain’s biggest homelessness charities, St Mungo’s (https://www.mungos.org/).
If you’d like us to sing in your road, or to find out more, please do email firstname.lastname@example.org . If there is anything we can do for you please don’t hesitate to ask.
Wishing you all the joy and peace that God’s grace can bring,
From everyone at the Burghfield Common Methodist Church.