There will be a series of short Meditations for Holy Week at 7pm on Monday 26, Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28, as well as services on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. Do join us through this special week.
CANCELLED DUE TO THE BAD WEATHER
APOLOGIES FOR THE SHORT NOTICE
Friday 2nd March at 2pm in Norbury Church. The service is prepared by Christian Women of Suriname. A warm welcome is extended to all, including gentlemen, as it is not exclusive to ladies. Do join us if you can.
Irene Davies & Wendy Sykes
We mark Ash Wednesday, the start of the season of Lent, with services of Communion and Ashing, at 10.30am and 7.30pm. Do join us on this special day for one of these services.
On February 21st 1943 the rescue ship SS Stockport was hit by a U-boat torpedo and went down with all hands and there is a special service at Norbury organised by the Hazel Grove Royal Naval Association next Sunday, 18th February, at 1 pm to mark the 75th anniversary of the ship’s loss.
In happier times she was a passenger and cargo vessel and was at one time owned by the London and North Eastern Railway. She had, over the course of the Battle of the Atlantic saved many hundreds of lives and it is ironic that when she was fatally torpedoed she was not just carrying her own crew but 106 men who had been rescued from another ship.
On this significant anniversary we are very pleased to welcome Bishop Libby as our preacher and all are invited to join us for this special service. Rob
Our first Film Night of 2018 will be on Saturday February 24th when we will be watching the multi Oscar winning musical ‘La La Land’. It’s an excellent film and well worth coming to see. As always we open up with refreshments from 6.30pm with the movie starting at 7pm. All are very welcome. Rob
Plans for this year’s club are well underway. The club will run from 13th – 17th August.The first meeting for those who would like to help in a group is on Sunday 15th April at 12 noon in church. If you are not sure whether you would like to be involved or not why not come along and see what it’s all about. To help with the next stage of our planning if you know already that you would like to help please give your name to Cath or Jimmy. Looking forward to seeing lots of you at the meeting.
Come and join us for coffee/tea and cake here at church in the Ryan Room on Thursday 15th February at 2 -3.30 pm. It is for everyone, whether you attend church or not, and is a chance to chat and make new friends. The Group will meet every third Thursday of the month, thereafter – same time and place.
We’re running another module of this popular course, starting in January 2018. This one is about the 10 Commandments. Either Tuesday pm, (cup of tea at 1.45 and session at 2.00), starting on Jan 9th; or Wednesday eve (7.45 for 8.00) starting on Jan 10th. Sign-up sheets in the narthex. No need to have done previous modules to join in. All very welcome!
We will be watching ‘Holiday Inn’ which features Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire and gave the world the song ‘White Christmas’, written by Irving Berlin. What’s not to like! Seasonal refreshments will be available from 6.30pm and the film will start at 7pm.
Our Advent book this year is “Christmas through the keyhole: Luke’s glimpses of Advent”, by Derek Tidball, and everyone is warmly encouraged to join in the journey together by buying a copy and reading the daily readings and reflections during the weeks of Advent through Christmas to Epiphany. The book looks at four wonderful “songs” in the early chapters of Luke’s gospel – those of Mary, Zechariah, Simeon, and the angels – and reflects on what they still mean for us today. Copies will be available for sale from the bookstall in church.
Accompanying that, each Wednesday evening in the Advent season, we will be providing a short Meditation, each starting at 7.00pm and lasting about 30-40 minutes. The first of these four meditations will be on 29th November.
We will use a scheme based on the shape of our Advent book “Christmas through the keyhole”:
29 Nov Jesus, the hope of the needy (The Song of Mary)
6 Dec Jesus, the redeemer of the world (The Song of Zechariah)
13 Dec Jesus, the joy of the earth (The Song of Simeon)
20 Dec Jesus, the light of the nations (The Song of the angels at Bethlehem)
We trust that these led meditations, using words and music, images and silence, will provide an opportunity during the week for people to pause and reflect on some of the great themes of the Advent season. December is usually a very busy month for people, and it’s good to keep our spiritual focus during the run-up to Christmas, as we prepare to celebrate the greatest gift of all.
Do join us for all or any of these – whichever you can be free for.