Friday, December 09, 2022

One Word: Born

Born
…to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is the Messiah, the Lord.
Luke 2.11

  • Have you given birth or been present at, or shortly after a birth. What was it like to greet a new-born child? What did you think and feel? 
  • What stories do you know about your own birth – maybe there are some photos? What do you know about how others felt about your birth?
  • If you could say one thing to a new-born child today, what would it be?
  • John’s Gospel says “what has come into being in Christ, is life, and the life is the light of all people” John 1.4. What do you think this means? What came into being through your birth? 


Thursday, December 08, 2022

One Word: Manger

Manger

And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth and laid him in a manger… Luke 2.7

  • Where do you sleep best? Have you ever fallen asleep in an unlikely place?
  • Where did you sleep as a child, and what was your sleep like?
  • What would it be like to sleep in a manger, or to put your child to sleep in a manger?
  • What do you think the animals, and those who looked after the animals, thought of this?

Wednesday, December 07, 2022

One Word: Fear

Fear

Then an angel of the Lord stood before the shepherds and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said, “do not be afraid, for see- I am bringing you good news of great joy.
 Luke 2.9-10.
[When King Herod heard that the Wise Men had arrived] he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him. Matthew 2.3

  • When were you last afraid, and why?
  • What helps you to deal with your fears?
  • Have you ever been afraid of something it turned out you didn’t need to fear?
  • Fear can be a warning, and a necessary challenge (as it is to King Herod). Can you think of a time when it has been good that you were afraid, or when you should have been, but weren’t?


Tuesday, December 06, 2022

One Word: Peace

Peace

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace among those whom he favours!’                        Luke 2.13-14


  • How would you define peace? What does it mean to you?
  • When in your life have you felt most deeply at peace? When have you felt furthest from it?
  • The peace the angels promised to the shepherds wasn’t an absence of trouble; there was plenty of that in the lives of Jesus and his followers, including his painful death on the cross. It was the knowledge that they were securely held in the love of God, whatever happened. How secure do you feel in God’s love?


Monday, December 05, 2022

One Word: Danger

Danger

 Now after the Magi had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, ‘Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.’ Matthew 2.13

  • Jesus was born into danger. In Matthew’s Gospel, he is at risk from King Herod; in Luke’s Gospel he is born homeless, as a result of the decision of the far-off Roman Emperor who orders a census which necessitates a long journey away from home.
  • What dangers do you think he and his family faced?
  • What dangers do you think the world today faces? Which do you think is our greatest danger?
  • Are you good in a crisis? What lessons has your life taught you to help you cope with danger?

Sunday, December 04, 2022

Sunday worship podcast link and other news from Seal Church: Dec 4 Advent 2

 

Dear friends

Join us for worship online, on the phone or in the building today. 

with best wishes
Anne Le Bas


Online
Worship podcast     Order of service
You can also access this podcast by phoning 01732 928061


In the church building today - Dec 4 Advent 2

10 am  Holy Communion
6.30pm Evensong

During the week
Monday              2-3.30pm Talking Village drop in at Deniz' Cafe in the High Street.

Wednesday       4.30-5pm Children's Choir in the church hall
                           7.15-8.15 pm Adult Choir in the church hall
                        
Friday                 9 am Seal School Nativity - No Morning Prayer in church today.
                          10.30-12.30 Friday Group in the church hall

Saturday            3.45 Christmas light switch on in Seal High Street, with some carol singing
 

Next Sunday 

10 am   All Age Christingle Service, followed by cake and gift sale.
6.30pm Breathing Space Holy Communion

Advent 2

Today's Bible readings both mention trees, felled or about to be felled. Trees are very important to us, physically and symbolically, older than us, bigger than us, and speaking to us of continuity and strength. But even the strongest tree can be felled in a few hours. But from the stump, new shoots can grow, and life can come out of what looks like death. 
The readings invite us to think about what we are rooted in. Are our roots healthy and life-giving? Are we rooted in God's love?

Jacques de Besancon Jesse TreeIn the Old Testament reading, the prophet Isaiah says that " a shoot shall come from the stump of Jesse." This Bible verse gave rise to the image known as the "Jesse Tree", a visual representation of the "family tree" of Jesus, tracing Jesus ancestry from David, Jesse's son (Matthew and Luke's Gospels each give a slightly different version of his family tree). It was a way of (quite literally) rooting Jesus squarely as a part of the history of God's relationship with the people of Israel, rather than a departure from it. 
Jesse Trees can be found represented in many forms - in stained glass, in carvings and in paintings. The picture on the right is by Jacques de Besancon, from about 1485, and shows Mary, holding Jesus in her arms, at the end of a long twisting shoot, coming up from the body of Jesse. 

ALL AGE IDEAS 
Today's readings talk about trees, and their importance as symbols of the life of God, which goes on, no matter what happens. Even if a tree is cut down, new shoots can grow from its roots.
Find a tree near you and really look at it. It might be in your garden, or in a park - Seal Recreation ground is full of trees!
  • Do you know what sort of tree it is?
  • Does it have any leaves on it, or have they fallen off? Is it "evergreen", like yew, holly and fir trees, or "deciduous", meaning its leaves fall off in the winter? 
  • What is its trunk like?
  • What might live in "your" tree?
  • Can you collect leaves or seeds from "your" tree. What can you make from them? What happens if you plant a seed from "your" tree in a pot? 
  • Watch "your" tree as the seasons change, and make friends with it!
  • God made it, and loves it as much as you do!
  • The Woodland Trust have lots of great activities to do with trees and in woodlands.

Some ideas for Advent below, repeated from last week, in case you didn't catch them then!
 
  • Make an Advent ring with four coloured candles and one white candle. In church we use three purple candles and one pink one (for the third Sunday of Advent). We light one candle each Sunday in Advent, and the white one on Christmas Day. In some churches the candles are red.
  • Make an Advent countdown candle. Mark 24 lines on a plain candle and burn down through one line each day, being still and thinking, or talking to one another as you do.
  • Send Mary and Joseph on an Advent journey. Find or make a Mary and Joseph - you could make them by decorating some cardboard tubes if you haven't got any. Take it in turns to hide them somewhere in your house each day during Advent for others to find, and think about the long journey they had to make from Nazareth to Bethlehem before Jesus was born. What might it be like for people who have to leave their home and become refugees today?
  • Collect a "reverse Advent calendar"  - a box into which you can put one item of food each day during Advent. On Christmas Eve, bring it to church, and put it in the foodbank box by the font.
  • Follow our Advent series this year, which is called "One Word" , and looks at one word connected with Advent or Christmas and asks some questions about it. There is also a colouring sheet to fill in each day, where you could write the word or draw something connected to it in each space. There are copies of the booklet and the colouring sheet in church, but you can also download them from the link below, or you can follow it on the church blog, where each day's post will appear, from Dec 1 onwards.
What will you do to make Advent a holy and blessed time?

Picture of baby Jesus in a manger  One Word colouring sheet

WHAT'S ON IN SEAL...

CHRISTINGLE. Our Christingle service takes place next Sunday at 10 am. Come along and join us! The collection will be in aid of the Children's Society, who work with vulnerable children and families across the UK. You can find out more about their work here - https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/what-we-do, and donate online, if that is easier for you.
We will be holding a cake and gift sale, in aid of Seal Church funds, after the service (see below)

CAKE BAKERS NEEDED! We are looking for cakes to sell after the Christingle service on Dec 11, as well as small gifts etc. so please let us know if you can help with this. 

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
THANK YOU
 to who helped put up Christmas lights around the village yesterday. It was a mammoth labour, completed in record time because of those who turned out to help. putting up Christmas lights in tree in the village
The lights will be switched on next Saturday, at around 3.45, when we will sing some Christmas carols outside the village hall at the end of the Over 60's Christmas tea! Come and join us to lend your voice.

KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOURS FAMILY PARTY IN EARLY JANUARY
We will also need help to organise this please, so  please let Marion know if you can offer your assistance in any way. marionjgilchrist@gmail.com






PLEASE PRAY...
For our finances - we are currently running at a loss and having to eat into our reserves. Just like everyone else, our costs are rising, and income is falling!
You can donate online by clicking here

One Word: Child

Child

The wolf shall live with the lamb,
   the leopard shall lie down with the kid,
the calf and the lion and the fatling together,
   and a little child shall lead them. Isaiah 11.6

  • Children were symbols of vulnerability and powerlessness in the times of the Bible, because that was the reality of their lives. What words or phrases do you associate with the word “child”?
  • If you could describe your childhood in three words, what would they be?
  • “A little child shall lead them”. Jesus didn’t come as a mighty warrior, but as a little child. What difference should that make to Christian faith?
  • What lead might the children in our lives and our world be trying to give us today? How can we listen to them better?


Saturday, December 03, 2022

One Word: Hope

Hope

For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.
Jeremiah 29.11:
  • The birth of Jesus brought hope to people who were in despair, living under the often harsh rule of Rome. Think about the world now. Who might be feeling like this today?
  • What do you think is hopeful about the Christmas story? Why is it a story of hope?
  •  Are you a hopeful person?
  •  What plans do you think God might have for your life?

Friday, December 02, 2022

One Word: Silence

Silence

When Zechariah came out, he could not speak to the people, and they realised that he had seen a vision in the sanctuary. He kept motioning to them and remained unable to speak.
Luke 1.22

  • Zechariah was rendered silent because an angel had told him his wife, Elizabeth, was expecting a child – John the Baptist - long after it should have been possible for this childless couple. Have you ever been so stunned you couldn’t speak?
  • How do you feel about silence? Do you seek it out or avoid it?
  • What might it be like not to be able to communicate?
  • Zechariah could listen during this time, but not speak. What might be good about this? Do you speak too much and listen too little? 


Thursday, December 01, 2022

One Word : Expect

Expect

Joseph went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child.
Luke 2.5:

  • When did you last expect something? Was it a good or a bad feeling? Did what you expect happen?
  • Have you ever expected a child (your own or that of a partner or someone close to you)? What did it feel like? What did you know, or not know about the child to be born? What did you expect them to be like and how did you think they would change your life?
  • What do you think Mary and Joseph expected from Jesus?
  • What are you expecting from today and tomorrow?


Monday, November 28, 2022

One Word Advent Reflections - Starting Dec 1

Advent daily meditations and colouring sheet (Starting Dec 1)

If this year's Advent series looks strangely familiar, that's because it is!
This year I am republishing an Advent series I did a few years ago, since it seems to me that it speaks into our present situation. Life is busy and fraught. There is so much to worry about at the moment. This series, originally published in 2016, focussed, as the title suggests, on One Word, just one word, each day, which I hope will lead us to the One Word who is Jesus.

Advent daily meditations and colouring sheet... (Starting Dec 1)

Less is more, so they say, and that’s especially true in Advent.

At a time of year when the world can feel very noisy and demanding, we can easily feel overwhelmed. Yet, what God did at Christmas was essentially very simple. One baby, born to one family, in one specific place, at one specific time.

That’s why this year our daily meditations will focus on just one word a day, one Advent word that will help us prepare to celebrate the birth of the Word made flesh, Jesus. There will be a few questions each day to prompt your thoughts or discussions. You can find the meditations here on the blog each day - there will be facebook and twitter links too, so follow us there and they will pop up in your feed.

You can ponder these Advent words on your own, or talk about them with others. There will be an accompanying colouring sheet for you to fill if you’d like to as well, perhaps writing the word in each day’s space, or representing it in some other way, It’s up to you.

The series starts on December 1, though Advent really begins on the Sunday before, and runs through to Christmas Eve. It doesn’t matter, though, if you get behind. Take as long as you need over each word.

Here's a prayer to say as Advent begins.

Advent God,
we journey with you,
to Bethlehem’s stable
and a new-born King,
ears attuned
to the song of angels,
eyes alert
for Bethlehem’s star.
Forgive us
if on our journey
if we are distracted
by the tempting offers
of this world.
Keep our hearts aflame
with the hope
of Christmas,
and the promise
of a Saviour. Amen


Sunday, November 27, 2022

Sunday Worship podcast links: Nov 27 Advent 1

Dear friends

Join us for worship online, on the phone or in the building today. 

with best wishes
Anne Le Bas


Online
Worship podcast     Order of service
You can also access this podcast by phoning 01732 928061


In the church building today - Nov 27 Advent 1

10 am  Holy Communion
6.30pm Evensong

During the week
Monday              2-3.30pm Talking Village drop in at Deniz' Cafe in the High Street.

Wednesday       10.am Good Book Club
                           4.30-5pm Children's Choir in the church hall
                            7.15-8.15 pm Adult Choir in the church hall
                        
Friday                 9.30 am Morning prayer in church today
                           10.30-12.30 Friday Group in the church hall

Saturday            10-11 Talking Village drop-in in the Library


Next Sunday 
10 am   Holy Communion
6.30pm Evensong

Advent Sunday

An Advent wreath with one candle litToday marks the beginning of Advent (not Dec 1, though that's when our Advent reflections (see below) will start) Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas, and is partly a time of preparation for it. Today's sermon explores how it might be more than that, though, encouraging us not just to look back to the coming of Christ (Advent is from the Latin "adventus" meaning "coming") in Bethlehem long ago, but to the ways he comes to us now, and the way he will come to us in the future. 
 

ALL AGE IDEAS FOR ADVENT

Today is the first Sunday in Advent. Advent is from a Latin word, 'adventus' which means 'coming'. We think about Jesus coming to us as a baby in Bethlehem, but also about the way we might find him today. During Advent we try to  to look around us and to reflect and pray - to notice God at work in the love and joy around us, and also in the things that might need to change in our world, so that we can join in with God's work. That can be difficult when everything is so busy as people get ready for Christmas, but we will enjoy Christmas more if we have been able to stop be still. 
There are lots of ways of reflecting during Advent. You could:
  • Make an Advent ring with four coloured candles and one white candle. In church we use three purple candles and one pink one (for the third Sunday of Advent). We light one candle each Sunday in Advent, and the white one on Christmas Day. In some churches the candles are red.
  • Make an Advent countdown candle. Mark 24 lines on a plain candle and burn down through one line each day, being still and thinking, or talking to one another as you do.
  • Send Mary and Joseph on an Advent journey. Find or make a Mary and Joseph - you could make them by decorating some cardboard tubes if you haven't got any. Take it in turns to hide them somewhere in your house each day during Advent for others to find, and think about the long journey they had to make from Nazareth to Bethlehem before Jesus was born. What might it be like for people who have to leave their home and become refugees today?
  • Collect a "reverse Advent calendar"  - a box into which you can put one item of food each day during Advent. On Christmas Eve, bring it to church, and put it in the foodbank box by the font.
  • Follow our Advent series this year, which is called "One Word" , and looks at one word connected with Advent or Christmas and asks some questions about it. There is also a colouring sheet to fill in each day, where you could write the word or draw something connected to it in each space. There are copies of the booklet and the colouring sheet in church, but you can also download them from the link below, or you can follow it on the church blog, where each day's post will appear, from Dec 1 onwards.
What will you do to make Advent a holy and blessed time?

Picture of baby Jesus in a manger  One Word colouring sheet

WHAT'S ON IN SEAL...
SEAL CHRISTMAS BAZAAR – TODAY Return of last year's successful event with stalls offering a range of unique Christmas gifts - 10.30am-3pm. Teas and cakes, Tombola, Raffle, Unique Christmas Gifts, Many Crafts and Sweet Stalls. Come and join us!!

CHRISTMAS LIGHTING around the village HELP NEEDED NEXT SATURDAY

Marion Gilchrist writes: "We now have a healthy number of volunteers to climb ladders, but if you have a tall ladder you might be able to lend for the morning of Saturday 3rd, we would be very grateful, as we now have more climbers than ladders!. Most are saying they have time on Saturday 3rd, rather than Sunday 4th, so we will aim to get as much done that day as possible.
I would be very grateful if 1 or 2 people might be able to oversee the putting back of the equipment safely in the Village Hall at the end of the session, as I may have to leave a bit earlier than finish time. If you feel you could help in this way, please let me know.
Erman in Deniz's cafe, is ready to take the final number for our bacon sandwich order - please remember, this is our way of saying thanks to those of you who have braved the elements and giving of your time, so any veggie options need to be directed to me in advance please. Only people who have committed in advance, will have a sandwich orders for them - this includes those hanging lights in areas other than the High Street. You just have to be near Deniz's at 10am please. marionjgilchrist@gmail.com

CAKE BAKERS NEEDED! 

We are looking for cakes to sell after the Christingle service on Dec 11, as well as small gifts etc. so please let us know if you can help with this. 

KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOURS FAMILY PARTY IN EARLY JANUARY
We will also need help to organise this please, so  please let Marion know if you can offer your assistance in any way. marionjgilchrist@gmail.com

THANK YOU to all who helped at the Christmas Wreath making session on Friday, and especially to Maggie and Chris who did such a great job of preparing for and running the evening. A great time was had by all!


AND THANK YOU to all who came along, and helped, at Messy Church last week. We really enjoyed preparing for Advent and Christmas together. There's no Messy Church in December, but we'll be back on Jan 15!
People busy making things at Messy ChurchStable scenes
Ali especially enjoyed making a Christmas card!

PLEASE PRAY...
For our new Finance Team, which, at the moment consists of the vicar, Paul Thompson and  Wivine and Mark Turner (we would love to have a couple more people join us, especially if you have some experience of church finance, or any finance!)
For our finances - we are currently running at a loss and having to eat into our reserves. Just like everyone else, our costs are rising, and income is falling!
You can donate online by clicking here


Sunday, November 20, 2022

Sunday worship podcast link and other news: Nov 20 Christ the King

Dear friends

Join us for worship online, on the phone or in the building today. 

with best wishes
Anne Le Bas


Online
Worship podcast     Order of service
You can also access this podcast by phoning 01732 928061

 


In the church building today - Nov 20  Christ the King

10 am  Holy Communion
3 - 4.30pm  Messy Church in the church hall
6.30pm Evensong

During the week
Monday              2-3.30pm Talking Village drop in at Deniz' Cafe in the High Street.

Wednesday       10.am Zoom Church
                           4.30-5pm Children's Choir in the church hall
                            7.15-8.15 pm Adult Choir in the church hall
                        
Friday                 9.30 am Morning prayer in church today
                           10.30-12.30 Friday Group in the church hall

Next Sunday 
10 am   Holy Communion
6.30pm Evensong

Christ the King
​Today marks the end of the Church's year. The new year starts on Advent Sunday next week, as we begin to tell the cycle of stories of the life of Jesus, from his birth in Bethlehem through to his crucifixion, resurrection and ascension. The cycle culminates today as we ponder what it means to call Christ "king", allowing him to influence and guide us in the way we live.The Gospel story is the story of the Penitent Thief, who is crucified next to Jesus and defends him. The cross becomes a throne, a sign of the power of Christ which is known in his love.
Kevin Bright is our preacher today and will be helping us to explore these themes. 

ALL AGE IDEAS

Today we think about Jesus as a king.
  • If you were king or queen, and could change anything you like about the world, what would you change?
  • Make a crown - you could use cardboard, or make one out of leaves and bendy sticks -  and, as you do so, talk about what it is like to tell other people what to do, or to for other people to tell you what to do.
  • There are some ideas for leaf crowns here 
https://www.mudandbloom.com/blog/leafcrown
https://www.redtedart.com/kids-crafts-leaf-crown/
 
SAFEGUARDING SUNDAY
Today is Safeguarding Sunday in the Church of England. Safeguarding is at the heart of the Christian message. Jesus constantly brought into view those who were vulnerable and often overlooked in his society, healing and helping those on the margins, noticing and welcoming children, who many others ignored. If you would like to know more about safeguarding, or have any concerns about abuse you have experienced, witnessed or heard about, you can contact our Parish Safeguarding Officer, Marshall Kent, or the vicar, or the Diocesan Safeguarding team. More information about Safeguarding can be found on Rochester Diocese website here. https://www.rochester.anglican.org/safeguarding/
WHAT'S ON IN SEAL...
MESSY CHURCH
Messy Church is this afternoon in the church hall. There will be an Advent and Christmas theme, so come along  at 3pm and join us in getting ready for Christmas and exploring the story of Jesus' birth.

Community LunchTHANK YOU to all who helped to make and serve the community lunch  last week. All those who came enjoyed the delicious soup and crumble, and had a great time together. The next lunch is on Dec 21. Everyone is welcome. 







MARGARET PHILLIPS R.I.P. I am sad to announce that Margaret Phillips, who many of the congregation will remember fondly, has died after a gradual deterioration in her health.  Margaret was a regular member of Seal Church until 2018, when she and her husband Derek, moved to a retirement village in Aston-on-Trent to be near their family. Her funeral will be held in Aston on Trent on Dec 2

OPEN MORNING AT FRIDAY GROUP NOVEMBER 25th.
Are you concerned about your energy bills this winter?  Citizens Advice Bureau are going to visit Friday Group on Friday 25th November, and deliver a Big Energy Saving Project workshop to explore ways of keeping our costs as low as possible. 
This is then being followed by an origami workshop, delivered by our own Nicole from Nimiś in the High Street. This will give us the opportunity to make some origami Christmas decorations, so another money saving project and possibly a chance to learn a new skill!
Everybody is welcome to this open morning, and we look forward to meeting you at the Church Hall for coffee, tea, refreshments and learning. What more could we ask for? 
The session will start earlier on Friday 25th, so watch this space for more information. 


SEAL CHURCH CHRISTMAS WREATH MAKING
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 25th.  7.30pm. £30 to include all materials needed, wine and mince pie. Contact Chris on 01732 763585 to book. Places get snapped up quickly, so don't delay!


CHRISTMAS LIGHTING around the village

Know Your Neighbours are looking for help putting up Christmas Lights in the village on Saturday 3rd Dec. Marion writes: "We are getting a very welcome, healthy response to our plea for volunteers, but could still do with more commitment from a few ladder climbers please. Most are saying they have time on Saturday 3rd, rather than Sunday 4th, so we will aim to get as much done that day as possible.

Erman in Deniz's cafe, is ready to take the final number for our bacon sandwich order - please remember, this is our way of saying thanks to those of you who have braved the elements and giving of your time, so any veggie options need to be directed to me in advance please. Only people who have committed in advance, will have a sandwich orders for them - this includes those hanging lights in areas other than the High Street. You just have to be near Deniz's at 10am please."

🎅🎅🎄🎄🕯🕯 SEAL CHRISTMAS BAZAAR🎄🎄🕯🕯🎅🎅
Return of last year's successful event with stalls offering a range of unique Christmas gifts -  SEAL VILLAGE HALL SUN NOV 27th 10.30am-3pm 
Teas and cakes, Tombola, Raffle, Unique Christmas Gifts, Many Crafts and Sweet Stalls. Come and join us!!

CAKE BAKERS NEEDED! Seal Church will be providing cakes for the refreshments at the Christmas Bazaar next Sunday - if you can help by baking something, please let us know! 
We will also be looking for cakes to sell after the Christingle service on Dec 11, as well as small gifts etc. so please let us know if you can help with either of these things. 

KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOURS FAMILY PARTY IN EARLY JANUARY
We will also need help to organise this please, so again, please let Marion know if you can offer your assistance in any way.

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Sunday Worship Podcast link and other news: Nov 13 Remembrance Sunday

 

Dear friends

Join us for worship online, on the phone or in the building today. 

with best wishes
Anne Le Bas


Online
Worship podcast     Order of service
You can also access this podcast by phoning 01732 928061

 


In the church building today - Nov 13. Remembrance Sunday
9 am Act of Remembrance at Godden Green War Memorial
10 am  Remembrance Service
6.30pm Breathing Space Holy Communion

During the week
Monday              2-3.30pm Talking Village drop in at Deniz' Cafe in the High Street.

Wednesday       10.30am Lavender Fields Holy Communion -
                              visitors are now welcome to join this service, though masks will be required. 

                              Please contact the vicar if you would like to come.

                           12.30 for 1pm Community Lunch in the Church Hall
                           4.30-5pm Children's Choir in the church hall
                            7.15-8.15 pm Adult Choir in the church hall, not in the church
                        
Friday                No Morning prayer in church today
                           10.30-12.30 Friday Group in the church hall

Next Sunday 
10 am   Holy Communion
3-4.30pm Messy  Church in the hall
6.30pm Evensong


Remembrance Sunday


Often on Remembrance Sunday our minds are focussed on wars in the past, but this year we have all watched the news from Ukraine, night after night. In truth, war has always been a constant presence in our world, but rolling 24/7 news makes that more obvious to us now than it might have been to our ancestors. In every generation, people have have faced times of trouble and sorrow, and felt its effects - fear, disorientation, powerlessness. Today's sermon explores what we might learn from the wisdom of those who have gone before us in dealing with our own feelings as we contemplate the current crises that face us.

ALL AGE IDEAS

Remembrance Sunday can be a sad day for some people. Thinking about people fighting and hurting each other can make us feel frightened.
  • Have you seen news reports of people fighting? How does it make you feel when you see these pictures? Talk to the grown-ups who look after you about what you feel. 
  • You might like to watch the video below, which reminds us that, though scary things happen sometimes, good things happen too, and life returns. The rabbit in the video is helped when he is scared by being with friends. As well as our families and friends, the Bible says that God is always with us in difficult times. We can tell God how we are feeling too.
WHAT'S ON IN SEAL...
REMEMBRANCE AT SEAL 
Join us today at 9 am at Godden Green War Memorial, and our usual 10 am Remembrance service at Seal Church, finishing outside at the War Memorial. 

SEAL COMMUNITY LUNCH IS BACK. Wed Nov 16th  From 12.30, lunch served at 1pm.  Free two course lunch of soup and hot pudding, followed by coffee and mints. Come along and join us! Everyone welcome.

OPEN MORNING AT FRIDAY GROUP NOVEMBER 25th.
Are you concerned about your energy bills this winter?  Citizens Advice Bureau are going to visit Friday Group on Friday 25th November, and deliver a Big Energy Saving Project workshop to explore ways of keeping our costs as low as possible. 
This is then being followed by an origami workshop, delivered by our own Nicole from Nimiś in the High Street. This will give us the opportunity to make some origami Christmas decorations, so another money saving project and possibly a chance to learn a new skill!
Everybody is welcome to this open morning, and we look forward to meeting you at the Church Hall for coffee, tea, refreshments and learning. What more could we ask for? 
The session will start earlier on Friday 25th, so watch this space for more information. 


SEAL CHURCH CHRISTMAS WREATH MAKING IS BACK! 
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 25th.  7.30pm. £30 to include all materials needed, wine and mince pie. Contact Chris on 01732 763585 to book. Places get snapped up quickly, so don't delay!



🎅🎅🎄🎄🕯🕯 SEAL CHRISTMAS BAZAAR🎄🎄🕯🕯🎅🎅
Return of last year's successful event with stalls offering a range of unique Christmas gifts -  SEAL VILLAGE HALL SUN NOV 27th 10.30am-3pm 
Teas and cakes, Tombola, Raffle, Unique Christmas Gifts, Many Crafts and Sweet Stalls. Come and join us!!

UPDATE ON CHRISTMAS LIGHTING - HELP NEEDED PLEASE!

Know Your Neighbours have been able to make plans  regarding the street lighting for this Christmas. Resoundingly, the results were in favour of having icicle lights in the High Street, with reduced daily lighting (4pm-7pm)  and reduced timespan from lighting up to turning off.(Dec 11th to January 5th) 
As we are having the lighting in the High Street for a shorter period this year, we are hoping to get a band of merry street lighters (helping with the hanging of the lights) on the mornings of the weekend December 3rd and 4th. Please could you let Marion Gilchrist (marionjgilchrist@gmail.com) know over this weekend, if you could help on either of those mornings, so that we can see whether this would work. We will need at least 5 ladder climbers, 5 on the ground to unravel and 5 at bottom of ladders. This is always a good fun activity, but we do need to see who can commit now please.

KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOURS FAMILY PARTY IN EARLY JANUARY

We will also need help to organise this please, so again, please let Marion know if you can offer your assistance in any way.

Sunday, November 06, 2022

Sunday worship podcast and other news: Nov 6

 

Dear friends

Join us for worship online, on the phone or in the building today. 

with best wishes
Anne Le Bas


Online
Worship podcast     Order of service
You can also access this podcast by phoning 01732 928061

 


In the church building today - Nov 6. Third Sunday before Advent
10 am  Holy Communion
6.30pm Evensong

During the week
Monday              2-3.30pm Talking Village drop in at Deniz' Cafe in the High Street.

Wednesday       10am Zoom Church
                           4.30-5pm Children's Choir in the church hall
                            7.15-8.15 pm Adult Choir in the church hall, not in the church
                        
Friday                9.30 am Morning Prayer
                           11 am Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial
                           10.30-12.30 Friday Group in the church hall

Next Sunday 
10 am   Remembrance Service (not Holy Communion)
6.30pm Breathing Space Holy Communion

Third Sunday before Advent
The resurrected people of Stanley Spencers home village climb from their graves in a traditional English churchyard.In today's Gospel reading, Jesus is presented with a hypothetical problem which seems to be either about a quirk of marriage law, or about the nature of heaven. In reality though, like so many of our debates and arguments there is a hidden agenda. In the sermon I explore what that might be, and the light it sheds on our own arguments. 

  • What did you last argue with someone about?
  • How do you feel about that argument now?
  • In Stanley Spencer's painting (right) he imagines the resurrection of the dead happening in the churchyard of a traditional English village. What do you believe about life after death, and why? 
ALL AGE IDEAS

In today's Gospel reading, a group of people come to Jesus and ask him a complicated question. They are called Sadducees (pronounced "sad-you-sees". Their beliefs are slightly different from another group we often hear about in the Gospels, called Pharisees (pronounced "farisees"). Sadducees and Pharisees didn't get on with each other. The Sadducees want to catch Jesus out and make him say things that show whose side he is on, but Jesus doesn't want to take sides. He doesn't think it is good to have pointless arguments just to see who is stronger. Instead we should be learning to love each other so that we can all live good lives.
  • Draw a lot of stars on a piece of paper. Think of all the people you have met over the last couple of days (or do this each day next week) Write each person's name on a star and something you think is good about them. It might be easy to do this for some people who you like and get along with, but much harder to do for people you don't get along with. Pray for all the people you name in your stars.
WHAT'S ON IN SEAL...
SEAL COMMUNITY LUNCH IS BACK. Wed Nov 16th  From 12.30, lunch served at 1pm.  Free two course lunch of soup and hot pudding, followed by coffee and mints. Come along and join us! Everyone welcome.

OPEN MORNING AT FRIDAY GROUP NOVEMBER 25th.
Are you concerned about your energy bills this winter?  Citizens Advice Bureau are going to visit Friday Group on Friday 25th November, and deliver a Big Energy Saving Project workshop to explore ways of keeping our costs as low as possible. 
This is then being followed by an origami workshop, delivered by our own Nicole from Nimiś in the High Street. This will give us the opportunity to make some origami Christmas decorations, so another money saving project and possibly a chance to learn a new skill!
Everybody is welcome to this open morning, and we look forward to meeting you at the Church Hall for coffee, tea, refreshments and learning. What more could we ask for? 
The session will start earlier on Friday 25th, so watch this space for more information. 


SEAL CHURCH CHRISTMAS WREATH MAKING IS BACK! 
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 25th.  Either 3pm or 7.30pm. £30 to include all materials needed, wine and mince pie. Contact Chris on 01732 763585 to book. Places get snapped up quickly, so don't delay!



🎅🎅🎄🎄🕯🕯 SEAL CHRISTMAS BAZAAR🎄🎄🕯🕯🎅🎅
Return of last year's successful event with stalls offering a range of unique Christmas gifts -  SEAL VILLAGE HALL SUN NOV 27th 10.30am-3pm 
Teas and cakes, Tombola, Raffle, Unique Christmas Gifts, Many Crafts and Sweet Stalls. Come and join us!!

UPDATE ON CHRISTMAS LIGHTING - HELP NEEDED PLEASE!

Know Your Neighbours have been able to make plans  regarding the street lighting for this Christmas. Resoundingly, the results were in favour of having icicle lights in the High Street, with reduced daily lighting (4pm-7pm)  and reduced timespan from lighting up to turning off.(Dec 11th to January 5th) 
As we are having the lighting in the High Street for a shorter period this year, we are hoping to get a band of merry street lighters (helping with the hanging of the lights) on the mornings of the weekend December 3rd and 4th. Please could you let Marion Gilchrist (marionjgilchrist@gmail.com) know over this weekend, if you could help on either of those mornings, so that we can see whether this would work. We will need at least 5 ladder climbers, 5 on the ground to unravel and 5 at bottom of ladders. This is always a good fun activity, but we do need to see who can commit now please.

KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOURS FAMILY PARTY IN EARLY JANUARY

We will also need help to organise this please, so again, please let Marion know if you can offer your assistance in any way.