TODAY

A difficult ascent

Today we continue our series of ‘Stories to Live By’ with ‘The mountain with a difficult ascent’ from Micah 4: 1-5. Next week we will be looking at ‘What a donkey!’ from Numbers 22:21-38.

Remembrance Sunday

Today is Remembrance Sunday so our morning service will start at 10.45am and we’ll have two minutes silence at 11am.

THE WEEK AHEAD

Sharing Across the ages

Next Sunday, 19th November, is our Hospitality Sunday and our theme is about bridging the generation gap. The idea is to share Sunday Lunch with someone (or some people) of a different age group to your own (apart from family of course!) You should all have a leaflet so please give it a go and return the completed form by this Wednesday, 15th November.

Tuesday Prayers

The church prayer meeting this Tuesday, 14th November, will be at Kevin’s house at 9am.  Everyone welcome.

Christmas Choir this week

Christmas choir rehearsals continue this Thursday, 16th November and for the following four Thursdays. It is not too late to join. Please meet in church at 7.45pm for 8pm start.  Hope to see you there.  See Ian Bleakley or Bran Munro for more details.

Family Group

Family Group will be meeting this Tuesday, 14th November at 12 noon for a meal.

Good Companions

Good Companions meet this Wednesday, 15th November, in the Institute, 2.30pm for a visit from the Westfield Ladies Choir.

NOTICEBOARD

Glenburnie Butega School

Do come and browse the beautiful Christmas cards Joyce has made for us this year, selling at 40p each or free when you buy a gift. All proceeds go to help educate, feed and keep healthy all our children at the school. Thank you.  Jan Keene.

Wonderful news!

Send a Cow has again been awarded UK Government Match Funding which means that the government will DOUBLE the value of every donation and every Christmas gift purchase made before December 31st. Please consider giving one or more Send a Cow virtual gifts this Christmas - pick up a gift catalogue from the book bar, look online (sendacow.org) or ask Sue Burt for further details.

Church Christmas Card

Once again this year we will be organising St Philip’s Church Christmas Card with messages from church members. It saves sending lots of cards and this year we are raising money for Good Companions.  Leaflets will be out next week.

         Thanks

Giving to God

We thank God for everyone who responded to our Giving to God appeal.  There was an excellent response and we have received about £4,000 in one-off donations (plus Gift Aid on these), which will ensure we’ll avoid ending the year with a deficit, and give us a good start to 2018.  We are also grateful to those who increased their giving to help us through next year.  Though we didn’t quite hit our target, we have increased sufficiently to give us confidence that we can work our way through 2018. Please pray for the  Finance Team who will meet soon to plan next year’s budget. Once again, thank you for your open-handed and immediate response! Without the generous giving of church members we would not be able to continue the ministry God has given us. We’ll keep everyone updated when we have more news.

Bazaar Thanks

Thank you to all those who took part in last week’s Bazaar in so many ways. It was a great collective effort! We raised over £2,100 which will go towards building a Christian youth centre in Ukraine.

HELP

Send a Christmas Shoebox

Give a Christmas present to child in another country by filling an old shoebox with gifts and wrapping it up. Take a leaflet from the display and return your shoebox to the church office by next Sunday (19th November).

Children’s Clothes needed

If you have any good-condition children’s clothes, we would be able to take them over to Uganda later this month for the children at Victoria’s school.  Please drop them into the church office labelled ‘Uganda Clothes’ by this coming Tuesday, 14th November.

INFORMATION

·      EVENTS

Traidcraft Coffee Morning

Come to a Traidcraft Coffee Morning at St Luke’s Coffee Shop this Friday, 17th November,

10am-12.30pm. Stock up for Christmas on Fairtrade goods, enjoy Fairtrade refreshments and find out more about Traidcraft and Fairtrade. Food, chocolate, sweets, greetings cards and wrap, Christmas cards, jewellery, bags, clothes, gifts & more… It’s at St Luke’s Church, Wellsway, Bath, BA2 2BD www.stlukesbath.com.

Julian House Vigil and Sleep In

There will be a vigil and sponsored overnight sleep-in this Friday 17th November, 9.30pm, at Bath Abbey in recognition of 30 years of Julian House Hostel. The evening includes readings and entertainment and an optional sponsored Sleep-In when a special guest will recite stories for those settling down for the night. For details and to register visit www.julianhouse.org.uk/ support-us/fundraising-event/vigil-and-sleep-in.htm.

Journey of the Magi

Horizon Methodist Church in Southdown are hosting ‘Journey of the Magi’ by Springs Dance Company. It’s a sparkling production of dance, theatre, song and poetry for all the family which reflects on the journey of the wise men and the journey each of us makes every year preparing for Christmas Day. It’s on Monday 27 November at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £6 and £5 - to book tickets please call the Southdown Centre on 01225 460368 or e-mail souterfam@aol.com with your contact details. 

·      VACANCIES

PA for Christian Trust

Bath-based Christian Trust ‘Stewards Company’ is looking for a Personal Assistant to the Director with secretarial and IT skills.  25 hours/week, competitive salary.  For further details and job description email stewardsco@stewards.co.uk. Also see poster on board. Deadline 24 November.

Lunchtime Supervisors

St Philip's School is looking to recruit two Lunchtime Supervisors to supervise and ensure the safety, general welfare and behaviour of pupils during the lunchtime period.   7.1hrs/week, term time only - Mon – Fri, 11.50am - 13.15pm (£8.19/hr). Application forms from www.stphilips-school.org. See notice on board.  Closing date 1st December.

Finance and Admin Manager

SAT-7 UK is looking for a Finance and Administration Manager based in Chippenham who will report directly to the CEO and be part of the senior leadership team. SAT-7 is a Christian charity broadcasting to the Middle East. For job description, Ethos and application pack, visit their website www.sat7uk.org/about/ work_with_us or see notice on board.  Closing date 30 November.

·      HELP

Help with Foodbank

Bath Foodbank warehouse needs volunteers on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Lunch Box needs volunteers on Monday and Wednesdays (11.30am-2.30pm).  If you think you can help please contact Paul Solly (463549 or office@genesistrust.org.uk.  Thank you.

Save the Date – Genesis Trust Big Give Christmas Challenge -

Double your money with Genesis

If you are giving to Genesis Trust, then your donation can be doubled if made between the dates of 28 November - 5 December via theBigGive.org.uk. It’s part of the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2017. Genesis are raising money for their Lifeline Centre to be open on Saturdays as well as through the week, providing more intensive individual support. To hear more about the work of Genesis please register your interest at genesistrust.org.uk/stay-in-touch.