Parish News

Organisations
Due to the on-going Covid-19 pandemic, organisations are still not being recommended  to meet.  Any changes on this will be published on our Facebook and website pages

Girls’ Brigade
Saturday 12th December from 10.30am to 12 noon, the Girls Brigade will be giving out Christmas presents to the girls in a GB ‘Drive thru’ in the Church carpark.  Please contact Ms Pat willis for further details.

Wed., 16th December 7.30pm by ZoomParish Christmas Bible study.

 Friday 18th December 7.30 by ZoomHilden Christmas Night—all welcome.

Saturday 2nd January 9.00am by ZoomParish Prayer Breakfast for New Year.

Lambeg Parish Women’s Group
 Sadly, this group has decided to close after many decades of faithful service in the church.  We thank them for all that they have done.  In finishing they have kindly donated their funds of £1035 to Friends of the Cancer Centre.

Bishops’ Appeal
This year, we are not including envelopes for Bishops Appeal.  Parishioners who want to give can put their gift in an envelope and bring to  church or leave at Rectory

Copper Collection
The Copper Collection Fund, initiated some years ago for ‘rainy day’ projects, has since then raised over £19,000.  Please continue to put aside your ‘loose coppers’ (1p, 2p and 5ps, and dare we say it, even larger denominations) each evening and forward these to Leslie Mills – in any amounts or any containers!  This is a painless way to support Church projects – with surprising results.  It all adds up.

Postage Stamps
Please save all your used postage stamps and leave them at the back of the Church for Girvin Mairs.  These are forwarded to the Leprosy Mission which is able to raise money from them.

Free Will Offering and Development Fund Envelopes

Following receipt of your envelopes for 2021, if there are any amendments to be carried out, new envelopes required or anyone wishing to change to payment by Bank Standard Order (this is now the recommended and least burdensome way of making such payments), etc., please asvise us now. Also if you have not received the envelopes you require, please contact us. Human and computer error can occur! Our Envelope Recorder, Karen Henry will be happy to assist you, telephone 028 9258 7296.

May we remind parishioners that contributions through the Freewill Offering Scheme are used to cover our main ‘running expenses’, e.g. salaries, diocesan assessment, heat, insurances, servicing of equipment, maintenance and minor repairs etc.

 

Our Development Fund contributions are used to cover the repayments of our bank borrowing, major repairs and new equipment, etc. As these expenses normally increase year by year, we would ask parishioners to prayerfully consider their giving for both of these funds at the start of the new financial year in January.

All income is greatly appreciated, whether by Envelope or Standing Order – remember that changes to Standing Orders need to be advised to your bank. If you are a tax-payer and need a Gift Aid form to allow the Parish to claim an additional 25% on your contribution, forms are available from the Hon. Treasurer, Mrs Angela Sloan.

Contributions for 2020

We are happy to receive contributions for 2020 up to and including Sunday 3rd January 2021. However, please ensure that these are in 2020 envelopes or in some way clearly marked as being for the year ending 31st December 2020. All contributions received after 3rd January will be recorded under giving for 2021.

Parish Register
Our deepest sympathies and prayers are with all the bereaved families of our parish.
Burials
26th October   Mary Kenny
9th November Geoffrey Harbinson
1st December   Ernest Laughlin

‘…blessed are the dead which die in the Lord, even so saith the Spirit, for they rest from their labours     (Revelation 14:13)