Bulletin

Sunday 8th December 2019

10:30am: Carol Service presented by the Children
4:30pm:
Majors Andrew & Valerie Spivey

Diary

December
Sun 15 3:00pm Christmas Proms
Sun 22 4:30pm Carols by Candlelight
Weds 25 10:30am Christmas Day Worship

 

I heard someone just the other day ask her companion “what does Christmas mean to you?” The ladies were heavy laden with bags of what looked like Christmas presents. I wasn’t able to stay to hear the answer to the question posed, but it got me thinking!
As I walked quickly through the shopping area, I couldn’t help but wonder how all the various people would answer that question.
For some, I guess it will be about having time with family, for others it’ll be about receiving and giving gifts, for others it’ll be perhaps time away from work, and for others, the food etc!
I’m also sure, that for many, although not all, the meaning of Christmas will be about the gift of our Lord Jesus. Born as a babe in a manger, who didn’t remain a child but grew into a man, and died upon a cross for all.
Even those who don’t acknowledge Him, those who don’t celebrate the real reason for the season, He died for ALL.
In all the busyness of Advent may we keep at the centre of everything we do, Christ. And may His blessing be upon us as we share His coming, this Christmas time.
Every blessing,
Val


Prayer Matters:
“O thou by whom we come to God, the Life, the Truth, the Way!
The path of prayer thyself has trod: Lord, teach us how to pray!”
James Montgomery, SASB 784

Please continue to remember in prayer those whose names regularly appear in the bulletin and especially the following and those closest to them:

  • Those of our family who are unwell or recovering, including Sandra Lloyd; Ken Elliott; Joshua & Adrian Clifford; Louise Gallagher; Mary Wellman and all the family following Major Henry’s Promotion to Glory; Derek Harrison; Beatrice Haywood; Roger Betson; Jenny Elliott; Flo Crayton; Esther, following eye surgery; Olive Chamberlain; Denise Lloyd; the family of Irene Wardle following her death; the Chesney, Fearn and Slinn families following the passing of Frank’s brother Robert in the USA; Margaret Garrett;
  • All the children in our Corps;
  • Our Community Programme Manager, Gemma, and all the volunteers who work with her that they will able to demonstrate Christian living in everyday situations.

The Prayer Room is open for prayer at any time when our building is open on Sundays, as well as at various other times on weekdays. The Prayer Tree is available in the foyer and prayer requests hung there are remembered at the 9:45am prayer meeting each Sunday.

Please give any changes or updates to this list to Dave Jessop or the officers.

December Prayer Meetings
This Advent you are specially invited to come and join our Wednesday evening prayer group here at the hall at 7pm. If you are free and not carolling why don’t you join us as we pray for our Corps, Night Shelter, Carolling Ministry and as the Spirit leads us.
During this hour of prayer there will be time for worship and praise through carols, reflections and scripture readings. Come and see what the power of prayer can do!

Please note there will be no Prayer Meeting on Wednesday 11th December, but we resume with an Advent Prayer Meeting on the 18th.

Thursday Morning Bible Study
The last meeting of the year for this group will take place on Thursday 12th December, all welcome. 10:15am for a 10:30am start.

Mobile Phones
Please make sure that mobile phones are turned off, or set to silent, during the services.

Bulletin Deadline
Please note that starting this week, and running for the duration of the Winter Night Shelter, any items for the Bulletin need to be with Dave Jessop by 12 noon on Thursday.

Singing by Heart
The final session for this year is Tuesday December 10th at 2pm. Come and join us for Christmas songs, drink and a mince pie from 1:45pm.

Student Lunches
Hayley is again seeking people for the student lunch rota. If you have not yet heard from her, please speak to her or message her on hayleypeaple@gmail.com to confirm your help. If you cannot physically help but would like to support you can give Hayley a cash donation and she will host the students in addition to her turn on the rota.

Loose Change
Gemma is continuing to collect loose change. For the next few months the money will now be going to support Hayley's 2020 trip to Ukraine, which you will no doubt hear about in due course. Please pass any spare change on to Gemma on a Sunday, or during the week. Many thanks!

Toy Appeal
Once again, this Christmas, we will be distributing toys to disadvantaged children. Last year, due to the generosity of the general public and local businesses and groups, we were able to provide over 1000 toys across the city.
Toys can be brought to us between 10am and 2:30pm on weekdays until Wednesday 11th December, or handed over as part of the morning service on Sunday December 8th. Please make sure the toys are brand new and unwrapped, as support workers need to be able to see what is available to ensure they pick the most appropriate present for the children who they support.
Additionally, we are going to make up food hampers for families who are living in temporary accommodation so we are also accepting food produce (not fresh). This would need to have a best before date of no earlier than the end of January 2020.

... and Help Wanted
We are looking for some helpers to set up for the Toy Appeal on Thursday 12th December from 10am onwards. If anyone can give an hour or two to help, please see Gemma.

Emily's Commissioning
The Corps is looking to arrange a coach to take people to the commissioning on 11th July 2020, in support of Emily. There will be a charge for this. Anyone wishing to go, please can you add your names to the list in the foyer.

Coat Hangers!
Harnall Lifehouse are looking for coat hangers. If you have some to spare, please give them to Major Kelvin (Harnall Chaplain), or to Dave Jessop for passing on.

Bric a Brac
Good items are required to be sold at CAMEOF to raise money for The Salvation Army’s Helping Hand Scheme.
If you have good quality items that could be sold please pass them to Doreen Price or hand them in at the office. Thank you.

Electronic Bulletin
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The Salvation Army is an integral part of the Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible; its motivation is the love of God as revealed in Jesus Christ. At Coventry City Corps we seek to -

  • be welcoming in FELLOWSHIP
  • bring people to Jesus through EVANGELISM
  • encourage Christlike growth and maturity through DISCIPLESHIP
  • be responsive to the needs of others through MINISTRY
  • praise God through our lifestyle and WORSHIP

 

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