News from  St. Anne’s Church  December 2018

Looking Forward……

I’ve just come back from shopping. As I left ASDA I saw a Christmas tree with a prominent sign saying “36 Sleeps Until Christmas”!  It brought back memories of days long gone when our children’s excitement mounted to such an extent that sleep on December 24th was very elusive!  Nowadays, from a commercial point of view, that anticipation commences soon after the summer holidays. It builds and builds, with its encouragement of extravagance and over-indulgence, so that the true meaning of the Christmas festival is in danger of being completely lost.  But it is a time of celebration, and the build up to it, during the Church’s season of Advent, is one of my favourite times of the year. It’s a time of looking forward, in so many aspects, as we recall the amazing grace and love of God in sending His Son amongst us, here on earth, so many years ago. For, as a recent leaflet from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association reminded me, Advent means ‘Arrival’. His coming had been foretold for centuries past, as recorded in the Scriptures. Now, in the shadowy surroundings of the stable in Bethlehem, He was finally here on earth! Proclaimed by angels, the news was shared locally by the wondering shepherds (see Luke Chapter 2) and even declared in the royal palace by the travelling wise men. (see Matthew chapter 2)  Centuries later, in our time, that good news of salvation and grace, eagerly shared worldwide, is bringing hope and joy, transforming the lives of old and young. Amidst all the planning and busyness of the next few weeks, let’s not forget to join in, and tell our neighbours and friends of the Lord’s great love for us, sharing that love in practical generosity and care for those whose lives are bleak and lonely. And in moments of peace and quiet, let’s remember the example of Mary, the mother of Our Lord, who – we are told in Luke 2 verse 19 – “Quietly treasured” these things and thought of them often.  Another reminder…don’t forget to ‘look forward’ as well, for there are great things yet to come! Just as His first coming was spoken of for many years, so His promised second coming draws ever closer, as foretold by the angels in Acts chapter 1. Then the wonderful prospect of “peace on earth and goodwill to all” will be fully and forever fulfilled  Mary Boak

Forthcoming events at St. Anne’s Church

Saturday December 8th            10am–Noon     Christmas Coffee Morning

Monday December 10th            7pm for 7.30    Fellowship Christmas Social

Saturday January 19th              2.00-4.00 pm    Beetle Drive

Team Events

EVERY TUESDAY (Term Time)            9.30am Tots Praise – St. Mary’s Church, Eling

Friday December 7th                            7.30 pm            Wine Tasting at St. Winfrid’s Rectory

£8 (£5 deposit with booking) – ArchesatStWins@gmail or ring church office 02380865103

Saturday December 8th                        10am-1pm            Messy Church in Totton Precinct

Monday December 10th                        12.30pm                Team Christmas Lunch Carlo’s Restaurant and

                                                                                                      Ice Cream Parlour

Sunday December 23rd                        10.00 am            Lego Church, St. Mary’s Eling

                                                                      5.00 pm            Carols in the Stadium – AFC Totton,  Salisbury Road, 

Thursday January 10th                         Evening            ALPHA at AFC Totton, Salisbury Road

For details contact or ring 02380865103

Soul Space: Advent Quiet Day

Tuesday December 4th- 2-4pm at The Rectory, 92 Salisbury Road, Totton, SO40 3JA

Poé-Sié is a meditation experience led by Doris Prügel-Bennett, classical accordionist, and Graham Norman, with spoken poetry. Doris and Graham say: “We believe that music, silence and poetry are expressions of the Holy Spirit. For every listener there is creation through sound and silence. We bring you words, notes, silences. You bring your mind and soul. Something happens.”  The program intersperses poetry and music with contemplative, prayerful silences.  If you would like to come along, all are welcome  Chris Steed

Strayed Christmas Tablecloths!

We can’t find our Christmas tablecloths! Did you take them home to wash after our events last Christmas?  Are they reclining in your airing cupboard?  Please have a look as they are now needed for this year’s events. Please let me know if you have them or drop them back at church.  Thanks.           Val

Toilet Twinning Coffee Morning

Thank you to all who helped and supported our Toilet Twinning campaign and by your donations in our collection boxes in the toilets.  You may have noticed that we did raise enough money to twin our two toilets (the certificates are on the window sills) – the total raised on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th November from sales of toilet rolls, soaps, toilet twinning certificates, refreshments, raffle, bring & buy and games was £690!  The Junior Choir Club entertained us with the Toilet Twinning song, wearing decorated potties on their heads!  Anyone who would still like to save up for their own toilet to be twinned can use a collecting box available from Sally.

Christmas Coffee Morning

 Saturday December 8th – 10am – noon

Stalls  Tombola   Raffle   Christmas Music       Refreshments

If you have any suitable Christmas items that you can donate I would be pleased to receive them!  Val

Women’s Refuge

Thank you to all who supported the Women’s Refuge with gifts of toiletries this year, all donations were greatly appreciated for this worthy  cause.Ros Sealey

February 6th to 18th – Rwanda 2019

There are a few places left for the Deanery Trip, co-led by Sally.  In addition to visiting our link Churches in Kibuye district, we will spend time in Kigale (the capital of Rwanda) and Gahini, seeing the fruit of the Deanery Lent Appeals that we have supported this year and in the past.  If you would like to join us, please let Sally know as soon as possible.  The cost is likely to be £1,200 per person.

Shoe Box Appeal

Thank you to all who made up shoe boxes this year – we were able to hand over 25 boxes!   Anne

Reverse Advent Calendar

During the four Sundays of Advent, we are giving a particular boost to the Basics Bank, as the lead up to Christmas can be particularly difficult for many families in our locality.  We will have ‘Advent Calendar’ boxes with 24 sections in for our donations – if each person brought one item each week, we would provide 8 boxes during December! When you are buying your Christmas presents, do spare a thought for those who are struggling.  Thank you in advance!  Sally

Churches Together in Totton and the Forest Edge

Sunday December 2nd          10am-1.00pm            Christmas Outreach in The Precinct.

                                                        7.00pm                    Advent Service, Christ Church, Colbury

Monday December 3rd          8.00pm            Prospects Christmas Celebration, Testwood Baptist Church

Thursday December 13th      4.00-6.00pm   Fun Café at Trinity Church – for children and Families

 Friday December 14th           6.30pm           Carols with the Salvation Army Band in Totton Precinct

Quiet Spaces – full details on the noticesheets

Monday January 14th            11am – 1pm – The Vicarage, Cooks Lane

Tuesday February 12th         10am – 12noon – St Anne’s Church (Poé-sie: poems and music)

Monday May 20th                   11am – 1pm – The Vicarage, Cooks Lane (Grave Talk)

Who to contact
Team Vicar – Revd Sally Marchant  Tel: 02380 488113
NB: Sally is ‘off-duty’ on Fridays
Churchwardens  Ian Gregory Tel: 02380 872885  Ann Quesnell Tel: 02380 663469
Church Website
Find us at the junction of Calmore Road and Cooks Lane – SO40 2RH

Copy for January  Newsletter  Please forward items to Stewart  by January 7th
for publication on January 10th