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Email issued Friday 20th November 2020

 
Do not remember the former things, 
or consider the things of old.
I am about to do a new thing; 
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? 
(Isaiah 43: 18-19)

The biggest question of the week in the news is not, 'Will President Trump concede to Joe Biden in the US elections', or 'Will we emerge in 2021 with a deal with Europe?', or even 'When will that third vaccine be available?' but....... 'Will Christmas happen?'  Even if we have to have twenty five days of lockdown afterwards, please give us an unrestricted five days to celebrate, demand the public - well some of them anyway.  What drives this strength of feeling?  I wonder if it is the power of traditions.  

Psychologist, Saul Levine writes  'When traditions take place......, they bring predictability and constancy to our lives. In addition to the nurturance and pleasure of communing, they help remove us, at least temporarily, from the cacophony of the outside world.  We get reassurance that we will indeed be alright.' Traditions bring us together, provide familiarity and normality (and how we need that this year) and help us escape our personal world to focus on something greater and bigger.

If that is right then it's totally understandable that this year will be challenging.  It is hard for us as a church family to imagine not singing carols together; not packed in, side by side to hear the choir, listen to the brass ensemble or watch children run manically and excitedly around the church building.  Familiarity and normality will be squeezed; coming together will be restricted; BUT focusing on something greater and bigger - now there is no legislation in the world that will stop us doing that!

There will be many services we will be able to have - please read on to see all that's going on at church, online and out in the community.  Admittedly not quite the same as usual, but still with the chance to worship God and celebrate again the most extraordinary story in human history - that God would become human and share His life with us. 

But I don't want us to look back at this Christmas as being the 'off' one. God reminds us in the verse from Isaiah that He is always at work, and He is doing a 'new thing'.  Rather than looking back with sadness at Christmases past, we are called to look for God in this one.  Carol singers will be going out and singing all round town in the weeks coming up to Christmas; we will host up to 600 people at Meadowbank for a carol concert and on Christmas Eve we will invite the whole community to come to church for a walkabout nativity.  New things that we pray will not only remind us of the greatness and bigness of God but also bring in many who don't know Him.  At a time when joy and hope are light on the ground, God is about to do a new thing in our midst and so we can pray and rejoice. 

And who knows, maybe the 'new things' of Christmas 2020 might just be traditions for Christmas 2021!  

Love Alex
 
 
CHRISTMAS - SAVE THE DATES & WE NEED YOUR HELP!
PLEASE RESPOND

 
We are really pleased to let you know all the different things going on this Christmas at St Paul's whether online, in person or out and about in the community.

At a time of the year where a lot of people in our town are feeling less hopeful and more anxious there is so much we can do to bring the light and hope of Jesus to them.  There are lots of ways we need your help this year specifically in sharing that hope:
  
- Welcomers at services, 
- Stewards for the Meadowbank Stadium carols, 
- Walkers to deliver Parish invitation cards to roads in our parish 
- Befrienders to call those who feel isolated 
- Prayer partners to ask that God's light would shine brightly and dispel the darkness of this time.  

It's a team effort and we genuinely need everyone in the church family to get involved, and there really is enough for us all to do.  Please will you be in touch with support@stpaulsdorking.org.uk to let us know what you can do.   

 
 

Christmas Food Collection


 
At our Christmas Advent Services on Sunday 6th December we will be supporting Foodbank & East Surrey Domestic Abuse Services (ESDAS) with food & Christmas treats to help make hamper-bags this year.
Please click here to see the list of suggested items to donate and bring them to church in the week before or few days after Sunday 6th December.  The collection basket is in the South Porch.  The dedicated Christmas collection will close on Weds 9th December, but please continue to donate all the items from the regular list as they continue to be very much needed at this time.
 
A Christmas pick me up!  
Kings Chamber Orchestra Streamed Christmas Special from Saturday 5th December, A concert of KCO highlights and touching humour presented by cellist Gerard Le Feuvre.  Carols, fabulous music and hilarious moments from 30 years on the road!
 
 

For many of us at St Paul’s, Christmas begins with the annual visit from The Kings Chamber Orchestra (KCO) with their beautiful concerts.  Undeterred by current restrictions, KCO has found a way to bring us some musical joy via an online concert.  You are invited to make a donation online and you will receive a link before the concert, which goes live from 7.30pm on Saturday 5th December, and will remain accessible until Christmas.  You can share your link with a friend as a way of sharing the joy and introducing them to KCO at no additional cost. 

Many of the musicians have lost all their performing work this year.  Any donation you can make will help KCO to continue to spread their faith and music in their unique way.  Their first aim is to spread a message of hope at Christmas but the suggested donation is £10, though if you can afford more that would be great.   Sylvia Yelland encourages you all to donate and listen to this special concert, "As a guide, we have normally sold tickets for the live concert at £10 per adult, which is an absolute steal given the quality of the music".
 

 
Our St Paul's Parish Profile & Vacancy Update
 
The position of Vicar of St Paul's Church will be advertised in the Church Times in the New Year.  To support the advertisement, a Parish Profile is being prepared to send to prospective candidates.  If you would like to see a draft of this document please email our PCC Secretary: pcc.secretary@stpaulsdorking.org.uk  

Paul Studley & Sarah Beasley  
Churchwardens
 
The Big Quiz Night, supporting Tearfund,

Thank you to all who joined in the fun.
An amazing £710 was raised for the work of Tearfund last Saturday at our World Church quiz night.  13 teams in Zoom breakout rooms battled away in a high-scoring and close-run race to the top of the scoreboard.  We were joined by our mission partners Penny and Juan Carlos from Peru, as well as Dave and Anne Bookless (A Rocha) and Stuart and Jenny O.
Click here for Just Giving Page
 
TOILET TWINNING -
A DIFFERENT IDEA FOR CHRISTMAS!

 
This week was World Toilet Day!   St Paul’s has twinned all of our toilets to help others in dire need. 
This 1-minute video shows you the sort of changes a toilet can make for a family and village.

How about twinning a toilet for Christmas?   Click here to find out more
 
This week at St Paul's
Sunday
 
Online this Sunday

9am Holy Communion
10.30 Morning Worship
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And for our SixThirty, 
click here for Zoom link
We'd love you to join us!

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Zoom Coffee Time
Everyone invited - all ages
between services
(9.50ish-10.25am)

www.stpaulsdorking.org.uk/
SundayCoffee

password: coffee

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If you missed last week's service: 
catch up now : 
podcast or watch the service
 
Midweek

Click here for midweek groups
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Mid-week Prayer
Church open on Weds from
2-3pm for quiet individual prayer. Click here to read guidance before coming 

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 Prayer @ St Paul's
We'd love you to join us 
Click here to join Tuesday morning 9am and
Click here to join us on Tuesday evening at 8pm
Click here for more info

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St Paul's Home-groups
Ever wondered what these are?  Read more here
We'd love you to join one, or try one for a while -simply contact sylvia@stpaulsdorking.org.uk 

to find a group to suit you at a time that suits you
 
Dates for your Diary
 
Wednesday 25th Nov - 8pm Leadtime for all Home Group Leaders, Zoom link to follow
Saturday 5th Dec - Kings Chamber Orchestra Online Streamed Christmas Special
 
Click here to give online
If you are feeling isolated, are self isolating or ill - let us know - we'd like to support you in prayer and practical ways, email support@stpaulsdorking.org.uk
 
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