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.
Our next film night takes place this coming Saturday (25th November) when we will be watching ‘Testament of Youth’ based on Vera Brittain’s memories of love and loss during World War One as recounted in her famous book of the same name. It’s a beautifully made and acted film and well worth taking the time to come and see. Refreshments will be available from 6.30pm and the film will start at 7.00pm. Rob
Children of all ages (with their carers of all ages!) are very welcome to join us for our monthly Messy Church this Wednesday (22nd) from 3.30-5.30. Crafts, food, and simple worship. Fun and learning for all.
As we usually do, we’ll be marking the Advent season, leading up to Christmas, with a series of Advent Meditations on Wednesday evenings in church. These will begin on 29th November – before Advent Sunday itself, which falls late this year – and will start at 7.00pm and last just half an hour or so. It’s hoped that the timing and the brevity of them will enable plenty of people to attend but still have the rest of the evening free for other commitments. They will involve themed readings, music, reflection and silence, and offer a time of quiet in the middle of the week, as we travel through this special but busy season. All are encouraged to come along – and do invite a friend along too.
We will also be offering, as we traditionally do, an Advent book. These will be available for sale, so that anyone can get their copy and read it at home. There will be a short Bible passage given for each day, with some commentary and reflection, and suggestions for prayer and contemplation, all to help us to make sense of the meaning and wonder of Advent and Christmas. More details will be available in the Takeaway and the website.
Our next twice-yearly Memorial Service is here on Sunday November 5th at 6.30pm. It’s intended particularly to support those suffering bereavement, but we hope it will be helpful for everyone. Do join us, and invite along someone who might benefit.
FROM HAZEL GROVE TO THE COSMOS!
Friday November 17th 7.30pm
Norbury Church, Hazel Grove
Ditmitrios Kechagias , an amateur astronomer who takes incredible pictures of the stars and the galaxies, will give a unique presentation of his pictures of the skies above Hazel Grove
Admission free – with tea and coffee afterwards
Thursday 5th October & Thursday 30th November from 7.30pm at The Fiveways, Hazel Grove
On Sunday 8th October, some highly talented students from Chetham’s School of Music will be coming to Norbury to give a concert. They will be accompanied by Brenda Blewett (Lawry) on the piano. The concert starts at 3.00pm. The concert is free, but there will be a retiring collection. Tea and cake afterwards! All very welcome – not to be missed!