2nd Sunday of Advent 10th December 2023

Christingle and Gift Service with Reception of new Church Members and Brigades’ Parade Led by Revd Lucy Brierley

The Word Became Flesh

This Service, broadcast live from the Church can be found via the Church’s website – www.wokingurc.org.uk our YouTube Channel or via our Facebook page. There is an archive of service recordings, including this one, on our website which can be viewed at home. If you would like some help to access any of them please email – office@wokingurc.org.uk or telephone us on 01483 763078. If you would like a recording of this Service, and any other, they are available in various formats by request. Please contact the Church Office.

Welcome and Notices

Call to Worship

Hymns –    Light Of The World

Joy Has Dawned (bringing forward of gifts)

Lighting of the Advent Candles Reception of new church members

Family Time – Christingles

Hymn –      Like A Candle Flame

Children & Young People continue in groups Bible readings:

Isaiah 9 v2-7 Read by John West John 1 v1-14 Read by Jenny White

Hymn –      Across The Lands (You’re The Word Of God The Father)


Hymn –      Sing We The Song Of Emmanuel

Prayers for Others & Offering Prayer

Hymn –      Shine Jesus Shine (Lord The Light Of Your Love) Blessing & The Grace

You are invited to stay for refreshments after the Service. They will be served in the Forum and in the Sanctuary. Please do stay if you can to enjoy a time to meet and talk with each other.

Christmas greetings card to the neighbourhood.    Please take any spare cards away to give to your friends and relatives who are not close to the Church and invite them to come with you to the Services.

Heathside Car Park. Free Sunday morning (up until 1 pm) parking for those attending this Church. Please key in your registration number on a device in the Forum in the Church each time you are here. This can be on arrival or as you leave. The barrier will rise to let you out of the car park because your number will be recognised. For the time being it is still advisable to display your Church permit on your windscreen, available from the Welcomers.

If you would like to donate to the work of the Church this can be done in a variety of ways as described on the “Giving to the Church” page of the website. For one-off gifts, there is a direct link to the Dona online page from the “Give Online” button on the Home page, and the contactless device in the Forum is also available. There is a plate at the back of the Church and an offering bag under the Dona device in the Forum for anyone wishing to make a cash donation.

Christian Aid Christmas Appeal – focussing this year on Bangladesh. You may donate through the Dona card device in the Forum or by using one of the gift envelopes for cash or cheques.

There is also a facility though the Church website or directly to the Church bank account. Full details are in the current Church magazine. This appeal will be open until Sunday 7th January.

Care4Creation – Please take a look at the display boards in the Forum which are related to the recent worship series, the ongoing work of the Green Team and the Church’s environmental commitments. You may contribute to this funding through the card machine in the Forum or via the Church’s website.

Leading Worship elsewhere. John Sinclair is at St Paul’s URC, Bracknell this morning.

Gifts welcomed this morning for the York Road Project and Your Sanctuary.

List of what would be appreciated below:

York Road Project – chocolate, boxes/tins of biscuits and sweets, mince pies and individual Christmas puddings and cakes. The usual foodstuffs might also be augmented by tins of drinking chocolate.

Your Sanctuary – chocolates, individual Christmas cakes and puddings, jewellery, toiletries, scarves, dressing gowns, pyjamas and slippers (unwrapped so staff can allocate appropriately). We do not give presents for the children as other organisations in Woking provide these.

Expenses claims. Please send to the Church Treasurer, Chris Temple before Christmas to be included in December payments.

TODAY4.00 pm Service of Carols and Readings followed by tea.   Car parking charges apply in Heathside but when the Church car park is full there aren’t any restrictions in the side roads.
MONDAY7.00 am Early morning Community Coffee for passers-by the Church – Christmas Special 2.00 pm Knitting Fellowship   Boys’ and Girls’ Brigade groups – Anchors and Explorers (ages 4/5 – school year 3) 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm Junior Section Boys and Girls (school years 4-6) 5.30 pm to 7 pm Company, Senior and Brigader Sections (school years 7-13) 7.15 pm to 8.45 pm (Girls finish) and 9.15 pm (Boys finish)
TUESDAY9.30 am Prayers for Children and Young People (Youth Room). 11.00 am Bible Study (Youth Room)
WEDNESDAY10.00 am Baby and Toddler Group. 10.30 am Toddler Friendly Christmas Service – all welcome 8.00 pm Christmas Praise (Recharge)
THURSDAY10.00 am Refill – Bible Study and Discussion Group (mainly for parents) 11.00 am Prayers and Reflection in person and by Zoom, followed by coffee and social time. Zoom link: https://Zoom.us/j/95986431118 Meeting ID – 959-8643-1118.
NEXT SUNDAY10.00 am Prayers in the Vestry. 10.30 am Christmas Family Festival Nativity Service. 5.00 pm Church Youth Group going to the Wintershall Nativity Play.
UPCOMINGChristmas Eve, Sunday 24th December 10.30 am Communion Service 3.30 pm Crib Service   Christmas Day 10.00 am Family Service