BARTON: Our Christmas carol and Reading service will be held on Thursday, December 13th at 7pm followed by tea, coffee and mince pies. After the service there will be a collection for Action for Children.
On Sunday, December 16th, we will be singing carols on the green at 3pm, led by Brian Simpson again followed by tea, coffee and mince pies served in the Chapel.
ELM RIDGE: Saturday 15th December 10-12 noon: Our Christmas Coffee Morning. We are delighted that friends from around the Circuit are joining with us and holding stalls. We will be supporting Cardiac Risk in the Young and this is a good opportunity to buy those last minute gifts!
Sunday 16th December at 3pm. Our Carol Service will be led by the Rev. Solomon Joseph. This service will be followed by a time of fellowship and we will be serving non-alcoholic punch and mince pies. All welcome.
Monday 24th December: We will be holding our Christingle Service at 5.30pm and at 11.15 p.m. we will be holding a Christmas Communion Service. Again all are welcome.
Turning to January, to mark the Week of Christian Unity we will be joining with our friends from All Saints Church, Ravensdale Road, first at Elm Ridge at 6pm on Sunday 20th January when the preacher will be the Rev. David Railton (Vicar of All Saints), and secondly at All Saints at 6.30pm on Sunday 27th January when the preacher will be Rev. Bill Mullally.
COCKERTON: Our Christmas festivities will start as always with the Carol concert with the Cockerton prize silver band on Tuesday 4th December at 7.30pm. This is a great way to start the month. With the band playing you are always ensured a great sing. The Cockerton Ladies Choir will also be singing as part of the programme. The evening will be completed by enjoying mince pies in the school rooms.
The service at 10.30am on 23rd December is a local arrangement and will take the form of a Songs of Praise. The congregation are being asked for favourite carols they want to sing and they will say a few words on what the carol means to them. It will be a wonderful time of our Church family worshipping together at this special time of year
On Mon 24th December at 4pm we have our Christingle Service led by Graham and Kath Jones. The only requirement for attendance here is to be young at heart, and on Christmas Day at 11am we have a service led by Rev. Solomon Joseph.
A warm welcome is assured at all these events. Come and join us to celebrate the Good News of the birth of Jesus Christ
PIERREMONT: We are very happy at Pierremont to have lots families coming to join us for worship on a Sunday morning. Our 'joyful noise' is often much louder than it used to be. For this next quarter we are hoping to be more intergenerational in our worship, with the help of our lovely preachers who will be leading our services.
With Christmas fast approaching, everyone is going crazy with their preparations and we pray that we will all be able to find some quiet space in our hectic days to remember the baby whose birth we celebrate and just what that means for a each of us and a mad pressie buying, card writing, food shopping, party going, decorating, cooking, over eating and drinking world.
Here a few of our Christmas events to which you would be very welcome.
Friday 21st December: Family Zone go carol singing in a local care homeSunday 23rd December: Our Carol Service at 10.30am. with scratch nativity and mince pies.
Monday 24th December 4pm: Carols in the Garden, very informal, lots of lights and hot chocolate.
Tuesday 25th December 10am: Christmas Day (Whoooopppie!) worship for all the family to welcome that precious baby into our world and hearts again.
HAUGHTON: November was a busy month at Haughton hosting the WW1 Exhibition and Poppy Display then our Christmas Fair on consecutive weekends. Our Christmas Fair raised a magnificent sum of £1,541.00 and, over both weekends, we were pleased to welcome a huge number of visitors to our chapel. It was good to let so many people see that Haughton continues to have an active place in the community.
Dates for your diary in December:
Saturday 8th December: Coffee Morning 10-11.30am
Sunday 23rd December: Carol Service at 10.30am
Christmas Eve: Communion Service at 9.15pm (joint with Harrowgate Hill)
HARROWGATE HILL: Everyone here at Harrowgate Hill would like to congratulate the Haughton Historical society and Haughton Methodist Church for the spectacular and moving World War 1 display. They worked extremely hard to make it a great success.
As well as our coffee mornings on the first and third Saturday of the month 10-11.30am, we are looking forward to some special services over the Christmas period. We will be joining friends from other churches in our neighbourhood to sing carols at Harrowgate Farm housing estate on Monday 3rd December at 6.30pm. The Salvation Army band play and many residents come along to join us.
We also join with Churches together in North Darlington for an Ecumenical Carol Service which this year will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, North Road, 12th December at 7pm.
We will be joining with Haughton Methodist Church for our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services and then in January for our Covenant Service. It's a very busy time of year!
We are also looking forward to a meal being cooked for us by the Darlington college students, on Saturday January 26th at 6pm. Please see the poster on your notice board with the details on but places are limited to 40 so bookings must be made. It will be lovely to be waited on for a change and no washing up !!