Ovingdean Singers Christmas Concert – Sunday 3 December at 7.30pm at St Wulfran’s Church Ovingdean – Vaughan Williams’ magical ‘Fantasia on Christmas Carols’ and plenty of carols for choir and audience. Tickets £10 include free glass of wine or a soft drink and mince pie afterwards in the Village Hall. Contact Ewart 01273 390206 if you would like to get a ticket – they are selling fast!
Dear Friends of Ovingdean and St Wulfran’s
Don’t forget to come to the Christmas Fair in Ovingdean Village Hall on Saturday 25 November between 11am and 3pm!!!
Silent Auction We are again running a Silent Auction in connection with the Christmas Fair. You can place bids in the run-up to the Fair and up to 1pm on the day of the Fair itself. To help you choose what you would like to bid for, the main list of promises and opportunities is attached with current bids. If you want to bid, on line or phone, just contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07584 496190.
The St Wulfran’s Christmas Fair is coming along, but we still need anything Christmassy for the Christmas stalls – and pottery and glass for a new stall – which we are separating from unwanted gifts this year. Also jewellery and scarves. Hope you can help. We can collect. We also have one small rail, so if you have any lovely clothes, these will be gratefully accepted too. All queries to Camilla Tilden-Smith – 309151.
Local churches making music together.
- We meet monthly , 8pm Friday (generally first Friday of the month) at various venues in the Deans
- All welcome – musicians and singers & all who enjoy singing
- Learn new songs; sing favourite ones; enjoy fellowship together
For more information contact: Shirley Ross 01273 301075 or Phil Parsons 01273 683918
It’s not hopeless!
Advent Sunday marks the beginning of the New Year in the Church. In essence it is our New Year’s Day, and it has all the hallmarks of a fresh start. And, of course, it begins with hope – the expectation of the coming of “a Saviour who is Christ the Lord”. Each of the four Sundays of the season focuses on a different way in which preparations were made for that coming by the patriarchs, the prophets, John the Baptist and the Virgin Mary. Thus we prepare for the message of the angels on Christmas Day.
In its way it is a kind of adventure – a journey in which we set out in hope and excitement. For hope is one of the cardinal Christian virtues alongside faith and love. And hope is not just wishful thinking, not just a “pie in the sky” delusion, but a firm and almost concrete mind set. Indeed one of our prayers asks that we be kept firm “in the hope that we have grasped”. It is a consequence of our relationship with God that we can assured of the certainty of our hope. As the hymn has it, “All my hope on God is founded.”
Now our present world does not seem to give much ground for hope. All the news is of conflict, corruption and greed. There seems to be uncertainty and disillusionment all around and we resonate with the notion that “the centre cannot hold”. We have too much news.
In the face of this pessimism, Christian hope is not a denial, a retreat from reality into some kind of cosy fairyland. Indeed every time we meet for worship we begin by acknowledging the evil of our world and the part we play in it. We are realists. Yet however grim and wicked the world may seem, underlying it is the amazing love of God. Such love will not desert us or forsake us; such love will keep us safe in spite of all. The Christmas story is of God coming to our aid, involving himself directly in our world, showing us how to live wise lives and bringing us reconciliation. Nothing can separate us from that love.
Don’t be hopeless this Advent. Do join us for our journey as we prepare again to celebrate the Christmas story. Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater!
Revd. Peter Wolfenden
Christmas Eve in St Wulfran’s
Sunday 24th December 2017
Two Christingle Services
in aid of The Children’s Society
Christingle Crib service at 3.30pm | Party afterwards at the Village Hall
Christingle Crib service at 5 pm | Party afterwards at the Village Hall
Starting at 11.30pm
Monday 25th December 2017
Christmas Day Communion with carols at 9.30am