Sunday 14th February – Transfiguration Sunday and St. Valentine’s Day!

We are still in lockdown (although there are some signs of it ending within the next few weeks) so I have recorded a service of Bible readings, reflection and prayers for Sunday 14th February. The focus is the transfiguration of Jesus – the revealing of the glory of Jesus Christ – on the mountaintop. You can watch the service by going to Forest Parish Church Facebook page or clicking on the following link: https://www.facebook.com/Forest-Parish-Church-1831283450525212

I have also recorded a puppet play for St. Valentine’s Day (thank you to my able assistant puppeteer, Chris, my husband!) Puppets, Sam and Sarah, discuss the importance (or not) of receiving Valentine’s cards. You can find the puppet play in the same place – see above for the link.

A service for Candlemas Sunday 31st January

Our lockdown continues and, sadly, churches have to be closed for the time-being. Clicking on the link below will take you to a short service for Sunday 31st January. The service celebrates Candlemas, when we recall Mary and Joseph presenting baby Jesus in the Temple and the elderly Simeon recognising in the baby a ‘light to lighten the Gentiles.’ So you might like to have a candle handy to light when you watch the service.

https://www.facebook.com/Forest-Parish-Church-1831283450525212

Service for Sunday 24th January

Dear friends,

Sadly, it is necessary to have another period of lockdown. Let’s hope and pray that it will not last very long but, for the time-being (and there will be a review in two weeks time), we will not be able to gather for worship in church. 

I have recorded two Bible readings, my sermon and some prayers to form a short service which I have uploaded to Forest Parish Church Facebook page. Even if you don’t use Facebook you should be able to watch the service (if you would like to!) by clicking on this link:

https://www.facebook.com/Forest-Parish-Church-1831283450525212

I do hope you are all well and not too devastated by the new lockdown. Although I cannot make any visits, I am very happy to have a chat on the phone (tel. 01481 238815) or respond to emails if you would like to get in touch. If there is any person or situation that you would like prayer for, please let me know.

With every blessing,

Claire Claxton

Christmas

Do come and join us for one of our Christmas services.

There is a Crib Service at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve especially for families. It will be short and very informal, with a puppet play, songs and instruments and creating the nativity scene under the altar.

Angela practising her singing ready for her big gig to the shepherds.

At 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve we will have a traditional service of Holy Communion, otherwise known as Midnight Mass (because it will be midnight in Bethlehem!) or the First Communion of Christmas.

At 11 a.m. on Christmas Day we will have a Family Communion Service as we celebrate the birth of Jesus.

You are very welcome to any or all of our Christmas services!

Advent

‘Little Town, Big Story’

You are invited to join our Advent Group which will meet on four Tuesday evenings in the church from 6.30 p.m. – 7.30 p.m. on: Tuesdays 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd December

‘Little Town, Big Story’ is an Advent Bible Study based upon the hymn ‘O little town of Bethlehem.’ All welcome, even if you can’t make all 4 sessions. It would be great to have a crowd!

Sunday 6th December Christingle & Opening of Christmas Tree Festival

Join us at 11 a.m. for a family service. The church will look stunning, as we declare the Christmas Tree Festival open; we will make Christingles together and have a puppet play.

Christmas Tree Festival

Our annual Christmas Tree Festival starts on Sunday 6th December and continues through to 3rd January. The theme of the Festival is ‘Christmas around the World’ and each tree will be decorated in the style of a different country. The church will be open from 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. every day. There will also be a craft and gift stall with lots of home-made items for sale.

Autumn Flower and Harvest Festival and Concert

We will be holding our Autumn Flower and Harvest Festival in the church from 1st October to 4th October, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

The festival will be opened by a local celebrity at a short service at 10.30 a.m. on Thursday 1st October, followed by refreshments. There will also be a craft and gift stall.

On Friday 2nd October there will be an hour-long concert, starting at 7.30 p.m, followed by a glass of wine and nibbles. Guest performers will be the State of Harmony choir and a clarinet and piano duo.

Our Harvest Festival Thanksgiving service will take place on Sunday 4th October at 11 a.m. and will be followed by a ‘bring and share’ lunch in the church.

All are welcome!