Welcome to the Parishes of St Peter and St Thomas

Services for Sunday 8th December 2019

8.00 am: Holy Communion (BCP).
9.30 am: Communion Praise.
               After this Service, Prayer Team members are there to chat with you
               or listen in confidence and will gladly pray with you.
               If you need prayer at any other time, contact Revd Colin.
               You‘re welcome to stay for tea or coffee after the Service.

St Thomas‘ Milnthorpe

11.00 am: Parish Communion and Sunday School.
                 You‘re welcome to stay for tea or coffee after the Service.


This week in our parishes

Friday 6th, 10.00–11.30 am: Mothers' Union coffee morning at St Thomas'.
                                              Cake, preserve and gift stall.
                                              Your last chance to buy the MU Recipe Book 2019,
                                              a gift for yourself or a friend, £2.50.

11.40 am for 12.00 noon: Christmas lunch at Dallam Sixth-Form Centre
                                     (see notice).

2.00–3.00 pm: ‘Meet the Family’ at St Thomas’ (see notice).

Saturday 7th, 8.00 am: Prayer meeting at St Peter‘s. Everyone welcome.

Monday 9th, 10.00 am: Open the Book at Milnthorpe Primary School.
                                      (This is the last Open the Book for this term.)

10.00–11.30 am: Coffee morning at Plumtree Hall. Everyone welcome.

5.00 pm: Christmas Choir rehearsal at St Peter’s (see notice).

Tuesday 10th, 11.30 am: Healing and Wholeness Service at St Peter’s.          

12.30–2.00 pm: Community Drop In at The Old School.
                           Soup lunch and optional activities/ table top games.

Friday 13th, 10.00–11.30 am: Coffee morning at St Thomas'.

2.00–3.00 pm: ‘Meet the Family’ at St Thomas’ (see notice).

Saturday 14th, 8.00 am: Prayer meeting at St Peter‘s. Everyone welcome.

8.00 am: Men’s Breakfast at St Thomas’.


NEXT SUNDAY, 15th December 2019

8.00 am: Holy Communion (BCP) at St Thomas’.
9.30 am: Parish Communion at St Peter’s.
11.00 am: Morning Praise and Sunday School at St Thomas’.


Advent discussion group ~ Meet the Family

Three Advent discussions led by Revd Bryan Kerr,
looking at the ancestry of Jesus as recorded in Matthew chapter 1.
We'll focus especially on

  • God's Old Testament promises
    • to Abraham
    • to David and
    • at the time of exile
  • how they are answered in Jesus and
  • what they mean for us today.

Everyone welcome from our three churches.

Friday 6th December, 2.00 pm at St Thomas’.

In this second session, we'll focus especially on the promises to King David.

Friday 13th December, 2.00 pm at St Thomas’

In this final session, we'll focus especially on the exile.


Dallam School lunch

Friday 6th December, 11.40 am for 12.00 noon
in the Sixth-form Centre (Haverflatts Lane entrance).

Dallam School is hosting a lunch for older people in our community.
Full turkey dinner and trimmings.
Tickets £6.00 from the front reception at Ackenthwaite; please book asap.


St Peter’s Choir for Christmas

Rehearsal on Monday 9th December, 5.00 pm at St Peter’s.

We will sing at St Peter’s Christmas Eve Carol Service again this year.
If you’re interested, please contact Heather Paynes.
Rehearsals on Mondays at 5.00 pm.


St Thomas’ church

St Thomas’ Church is open for prayer most days, 10.00 am–3.00 pm.


Volunteers wanted at St Peter’s:

If you’re willing to help with either of these, please contact Tom Grindey.

Coffee Rota.

We need volunteers for the coffee team in 2020.
We aim to limit duties to six times per year if we have enough people.
We have a dishwasher.

Christmas Eve candles.

Help is needed to light candles at the Christmas Eve Carol Service at St Peter’s. Wands (lighters) provided.


Heversham Carol Singing

Thursday 19th December, meet at 7.00 pm at St Peter’s Church gate.

Come and join in the singing of carols from Heversham Gardens to Dugg Hill,
bringing the message of Christmas to homes on our route and collecting for
The Children's Society and CLIC Sargent.
Everyone is welcome ~ we need singers and collectors please.
Wrap up warm; bring a torch and reflective clothing if you can.
We’ll sing for a couple of hours and finish with supper at Yew Tree Cottage to warm up!
Please join us if you can, or listen out for us if you can’t!
For more info, contact Andy or Dorothy MacLeod.


Christmas Service on Milnthorpe Green

Friday 20th December, 10.00 am

Or in church if the weather is wet.


KEY (Kent Estuary Youth) Christmas Event

Friday 20th December at M:Hub

2.00 to 4.30 pm: Afternoon tea, bingo, quiz and raffle from

5.30 to 7.30 pm: Family disco (competition for best Christmas outfit).

Organised by the young people of KEY, to connect with the community.
All money raised will go to the Youth Group.

Donations of raffle and bingo prizes and for a bottle tombola would be appreciated
~ please bring these to the collection box in church on Sunday 15th December.

The young people from KEY have asked for:

  • volunteer helpers, on the day, in the kitchen
  • assistance with games etc
  • cake donations.

Contact Emma on 07960 451542 or email emmabankskey@yahoo.co.uk


Carol Singing around Milnthorpe

Saturday 21st December starting at 6.30pm in the Bulls Head

We move on to The Coach & Horses at 6.50 pm and the Cross Keys at 7.20 pm.


Services for Sunday 22nd December 2019

8.00 am: Holy Communion (BCP) at St Peter’s.
9.30 am: Chrismon with Christingle at St Peter’s.
11.00 am: Parish Communion at St Thomas’.


Making Christingles and decorating St T’s ~ can you help?

Sunday 22nd December, 2.00 pm at St Thomas’ Church Centre

Joan will be grateful for all the help she can get.
Children are very welcome as they are much better at this than the adults!

We’ll decorate the Church for Christmas at the same time.
Many hands make light work!


Mince Pies for the Christmas Eve Carol Service at St Thomas’

If you’d like to donate mince pies for the Carol Service, please bring them to church by Sunday 22nd December. If you can stay to help to clear up after the service on Christmas Eve that would be an enormous help.


Christmas Services

Christmas Eve

4.30 pm ~ Christingle at St Thomas’.
6.00 pm ~ Carol Service at St Peter’s.
8.00 pm ~ Village Candlelit Carol Service.at St Thomas’.
11.00 pm ~ Christmas Communion at St John’s, Levens ~ everyone welcome

Christmas Day

8.00 am ~ Holy Communion (BCP) at St Thomas’.
10.00 am ~ Family Christmas Celebration.at St Peter’s


United Morning Praise Service with Holy Baptism.

Sunday 29th December, 10.30 am at St Thomas’

You’re welcome to stay afterwards for coffee and fellowship.


January cleaning day at St Thomas’

Sunday 5th January 2020 at 2.00pm

  • Taking down the Christmas tree
  • Cleaning the church
  • Candle fettling and
  • Brass cleaning:

Bring your best dusters, polish, dust pans and brushes etc.
We need lots and lots of hands on deck for this one.
Bring something to share for afternoon tea when we have done our cleaning.


Discussion Group: change of date for January’s meeting

January’s ‘Confronting Christianity’ group will meet on 20th January 2020 at 7.00 pm
– not 6th January as previously indicated. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Course info.| Print version.
Annie.


Recycling Event

Tuesday 14th January, 3.15–4.45pm at St Thomas’.

Bring along your

  • old phones, consoles, tablets, cameras/video cameras iPods etc
  • jewellery (including broken items)
  • currency (including obsolete) and
  • stamps (please cut around them, leaving a generous margin).

The event will raise money for the community facilities in the church.
Refreshments will be available.


Latest newsletters

Parish News, December~January.
Churches Together in Cumbria, October.
Diocese of Carlisle latest updates, Thursday 21st November
Northern Inter-Schools Christian Union Annual Report 2019Autumn newsletter


Notices for next Sunday

Email a notice to Diane.
Deadline Tuesday, 6.00 pm.