'Advent is a journey towards Bethlehem. May we let ourselves be drawn by the light of God made man.'  Pope Francis

 

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                           Christmas 2020

                                                            

 WELCOME
We extend a warm welcome to you from the Churches of the Canalside Benefice, which includes Staverton, Hilperton and Hilperton Marsh, Whaddon and Semington. As those who have discovered the joy of following Jesus, we seek to serve our villages in any way we can. If you have any questions about anything on this site, do get in touch.   

                  

AN OPPORTUNITY TO WORSHIP AT HOME AND IN CHURCH THIS WEEK

 

THIS WEEK :

SUNDAY 29th NOVEMBER 2020

ADVENT SUNDAY

This Sunday's service is a pre-recorded All Age Worship for the

First Sunday of Advent

Here is the link to share in that service  https://youtu.be/gysMg0qcFkU


CLICK HERE TO READ THIS WEEK'S CANALSIDE NEWS

29th November 2020 Advent Sunday

Advent Course material 

                        Midweek Communion & Coffee at 10am on

                                 Wednesday 2nd December                                                     

      Join in on Zoom:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86833181830

      It is also available to dial in via phone on 0203 481 5237. Once you are in Zoom you will be asked to enter the meeting id: 86833181830#. You must then enter # again to enter.  

 

PLAYLIST OF OUR PRE-RECORDED SERVICES

If you would like to watch our pre-recorded services during
Advent and Christmas please click here   

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQFGHE4r6_0gkW1J4IxHsBty2mF_6pbFn

               Advent and Christmas Services 2020               

Online resources for prayer and worship for personal use can be found at Resources for adults to use at home and Resources for families to use at home. If you need to talk to someone or need practical support, do ring Rev John Rees on 01225 764365 or Rev Joy Albone on 07931 638524.

You are invited to tie a ribbon to the railings of St George's Semington and St Michael's Hilperton if you are passing, to symbolise a prayer for a loved one at this time. Ribbons are in the church porches - please help yourself  

 

                                          st M ribbons

 

                                                     POEM 

This poem, written by an American Catholic, speaks of the hope the author has that good will come out of this frightening and difficult time.  The core message of the Christian faith is that, through Jesus, good triumphs over evil and that God cares for us and can give us peace at difficult times.

 "When this is over, may we never again take for granted

A handshake with a stranger

Full shelves at the store

Conversations with neighbours

A crowded theatre

Friday night out

The taste of communion

A routine checkup

The school rush each morning

Coffee with a friend

The stadium roaring

Each deep breath

A boring Tuesday

Life itself.

 

When this ends

may we find

that we have become

more like the people

we wanted to be

we were called to be

we hoped to be

and may we stay

that way — better

for each other

because of the worst."

 

 Laura Kelly Fanucci

 

 

                                         SAFEGUARDING 

The Churches of the Canalside Benefice take their responsibilities surrounding the safeguarding of children, young people and adults who may be at risk very seriously, and works in partnership with the Diocese of Salisbury to ensure that we work in accordance with best practice at all times.  

Click on Safeguarding  to read our policies and details of whom to contact.

 

Revd John Rees, Rector.