Advent Reflections: Listen here

Throughout December our minister Revd Dominic Grant will be producing a series of audio reflections exploring themes from the Advent hymn “O come, O come Emmanuel”.

In this introductory reflection, Dominic talks about the background of the hymn – and about how a little bit of confusion needn’t always be a bad thing…

Our thanks to paramedic Rachel Peacock who came to tell us about London’s Air Ambulance Charity today during our Advent Sunday service.

We are supporting the Charity at our
Christmas Tree Festival (6-8 December).

We lit the first Advent candle,
and sang Advent hymns and songs –

“The days are growing short,
Christmas time will soon be here.”

Everyone is welcome at our Advent Sunday service with Holy Communion at 11:00.  We will also hear from a paramedic about the life-saving work of London’s Air Ambulance (the charity we are supporting at this year’s Christmas Tree Festival).

Sunday 1 December – Advent Sunday
10:30     Elders Meeting
11:00     Morning Worship with Holy Communion &
Speaker from London’s Air Ambulance Charity
Theme: ‘The Light of the Lord’’.  Bible readings:  Isaiah 2:1-5, Matthew 24:36-44

Monday 2 December

Tuesday 3 December
10:30-20:00       Preparation for Christmas Tree Festival
14:30         Pastoral Team

Wednesday 4 December
10:30-20:00     Christmas tree decoration
12:00-14:00     Trinity Angelus

Thursday 5 December
10:30-16:00      Preparation for Christmas Tree Festival 

Friday 6 December
10:30-19:00      Christmas Tree Festival open to everyone
20:00         Friday Fellowship

Saturday 7 December
10:30-19:00     Christmas Tree Festival open to everyone
11:00-15:00     Craft & Gift Fair.  Father Christmas will be in his grotto
13:10                Classical Trio lunchtime concert
17:30-18:30     Barnes Concert Band & Sax Quartet

Sunday 8 December – 2nd in Advent
11:00        Morning worship
Theme: “The Knowledge of the Lord”.  Bible readings:  Isaiah 11.1-10; Matthew 3.1-12
12:30-16:30     Christmas Tree Festival open to everyone
14:00-15:00     Piano concert by Austeja Paulauskaite
16:30        ‘Carols Among the Trees’, followed by seasonal refreshments

Why not join us for a few minutes each Wednesday, between noon and 2pm, to pray with the Trinity community?

Local:
Pray for our Christmas Tree Festival this weekend and for all those who will come through our doors for it and its associated events

National:
Pray for London’s Air Ambulance Charity supported by our Christmas Tree Festival, and for all the other air ambulances around the country, bringing expert help to those in need.

Global:
Myanmar, Thailand (World Council of Churches Ecumenical prayer cycle

A Hustings will take place on Tuesday 10 December, 8pm at Holy Trinity Church, The Broadway (refreshments available from 7.30pm). Organised by the churches of Wimbledon, this is an opportunity to hear our constituency candidates answer questions on the issues that matter to local voters.

Please click here to submit your question for the candidates. The questions to be asked at this Hustings event will be selected from among those received by Saturday 7 December.

You can download a poster for the event here: hustings 2019 poster

As part of our Christmas Tree Festival a Craft & Gift Fair will be held in the Mansel Road Centre on Saturday 7 December from 11:00 to 15:00 where there will be 20 stalls of handcrafted gifts for all ages, jewellery, soaps, art, glass work, dolls clothes and many more.  Buying handmade offers so much more than a shop and means so much to the crafter who made your item.

Father Christmas will be in his grotto throughout the Craft Fair waiting to welcome the little visitors to our Festival.

“Christian groups have spoken out against ‘millionaire advent calendars’ which they argue undermine the Christmas message.

“Two advent calendars from well-known jewellers will set you back as much as £100,000.  An advent calendar from Beaverbrooks features a platinum diamond ring worth £26,000 behind one of its doors, while Tiffany’s offering has trinkets worth up to £13,000 in its famous blue boxes.

“Some Christian charities suggested that the vast sums of money could be better spent on helping those in need, with some charities seeing their donations fall in recent years.

“Since 2016, the individual donations to Christian Aid has fallen by almost a quarter from £62.6 million to £49.7 million last year.  Deborah Auty from Christian Aid said: “To put the £100,000 advent calendars in perspective, it’s worth remembering that it takes a very small amount to offer hope to communities living in dire conditions globally.  “For example, the same amount of money could provide safe shelter for over 500 families living in camps in Afghanistan throughout the forthcoming harsh winter.” Read More

As part of Trinity’s support for Faith in Action, we aim to provide a Christmas gift for each person at their Christmas dinner.  This year this will be on Friday 13 December so there will be an opportunity for you to donate gifts at the Morning Service on Sunday 8 December and at Carols Among the Trees that evening.

The numbers increase each year and around 90 people are expected, comprised of 80 men and 10 women.  Popular gifts include gloves, socks, hats, aftershave, shower gel, chocolates and nice biscuits.  Gifts should be clearly labelled for male or female.

If you would like to donate a gift but are unable to bring it on 8 December, please do not leave it in the church but contact Cathy Dundee via the church office (office@trinitywimbledon.org) so we can arrange to store it safely to be added to the other gifts.

Thank you for your continuing support.  Each gift may be the only one that a homeless person receives this year and they are very appreciative for everything that they receive.