Our Service of Carols & Readings by Candlelight will be held on Sunday 16 December at 6.30pm.

Do join us for a favourite Christmas Service, when the choir will once again be joined by Cloud 9 brass.

Following the Service, mulled wine and mince pies will be served in the Old Hall.  Bring your family, neighbours and friends for a Christmas special.

Meanwhile it’s still not too late to join the choir for this special service!  Our director of music Andrew Davies writes:
Singers in the choir are welcome in all voice parts, especially female voices. Singing with us at the Carol Service is a special experience and could be the highlight of your Christmas! If you’d like to sing a range of beautiful carols with us, accompanied by organ, grand piano and brass group, do just come along to our rehearsals Friday 14 December at 20:00 and Sunday 16 December at 15:00. The service itself is on Sunday 16 at 18:30. Come and sing!

This year’s Nativity play takes place during the Morning Service on Sunday 16 December.  Entitled ““The Other Royal Birth” and written by Katrina Clifford (using suggestions from Junior Church children and young people) it tells the Nativity story from the perspective of a reporter sent to cover the story of a Royal birth.

Some adults will be taking part alongside the Junior Church children and young people and everyone always works very hard on this whether ‘on stage’ or behind the scenes.  It would be lovely to have a full church to share in what is always a fun service and it’s not just for the children!  Please do invite friends and family, or come back and visit us if you’ve not been to Trinity for a while.  

We invite you to set aside a few minutes, each Wednesday between noon and 2pm, to pray with the Trinity community.

Local:
Pray for our Christian Aid carol singing on Friday at Raynes Park and for other local charity fund raising at Christmas.

National:
Pray for winter night shelters and food hubs around the country, as they try to provide for some of the most vulnerable in our society. As we pass the shortest day and begin to look toward spring, pray for those who find dark, short days seriously affect their health.

Global:
Pray for China, Hong Kong and Macau (World Council of Churches ecumenical prayer cycle)

Dear Friends,

A recent survey revealed that one in three children had no idea that Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Other religious blank spots included the role of the Archangel Gabriel, with more than a quarter having no idea that Gabriel brought God’s message to Mary at her home in Nazareth to say that she would give birth to a son.

As Moderator I rarely get the opportunity to interact with children as I did when I was in pastoral charge.  But I was reminded of an opportunity last year when I put my ‘teaching skills’ to the test.  I asked a group of Under 7s some questions about the Christmas story and got some very interesting answers:

  • Who is Jesus? Jesus was a king and he wore a crown even though he was a baby. It was a really small crown.
  • Where was Jesus born? He was born in a stable a long way away from here in another country. Bethlehem – it’s in England. There were sheep, horses and a crocodile outside the stable.
  • What gifts did the wise men bring? The three wise men brought Jesus presents of gold, frankincense and murr. But I think he would have liked some Lego.
  • Who were his parents? Mary and Joseph and they were very happy with the king’s gifts.
  • Why do we celebrate Christmas? (silence) I believe in unicorns and pixies.

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Many congratulations to Wimbledon Choral Society whose beautiful “Angels” tree was voted Favourite Tree at our Christmas Tree Festival – the second occasion that the Society has won.  Each of the angels was created from a folded sheet of music.