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We have changed the way we disseminate information in print: we have migrated from our own newsletter to having our own page(s) in About Thames Ditton magazine!  This gives us a much wider audience. This is delivered to homes in Thames Ditton, but if you do not have your own copy, you can still read it at  www.aboutthamesditton.co.uk   and here  


St.Nicholas’ Church

THAMES DITTON

1120 – 2016


Christmas celebrations and new services for the new year


Dear Friends


Christmas is a great time of year to come to church, especially in Thames Ditton’s beautiful, historic church. What could be more fitting than to sing your favourite carols, and capture that sense of festive cheer as we reflect on the story of the birth of Jesus Christ? As Matthew reminds us in his Gospel, he shall be called Immanuel meaning ‘God with us’. 


We have plenty of opportunities for you and your family to join in the celebrations. We start with our Christmas Fair (10am-3pm) on Saturday 2 December with lots of activities for children and a fun trail to do in the church. For Church services: we have the ever popular Christingle service (3pm) and our Nine Lessons and Carols (6.30pm) on Sunday 17 December; our two crib services (3 & 5pm) (children are welcome to come dressed up as one of the nativity characters) and Midnight Communion on Christmas Eve (starts 11:30am) and our family service on Christmas Day at 10am. Do come and join in this year’s festive services as we rejoice in the greatest gift ever received – God’s own son.


We are also looking forward to launching our new pattern of Sunday services for 2018. We will continue to have our 8am Book of Common Prayer service of Holy Communion. This is a quiet and reflective service with a growing congregation. Then at 9.30am we will have a contemporary and informal service with a focus on families, and catering for children.


Our children’s group “Nick’s Kids” will meet in the church hall on the second and fourth Sundays of the month, and

children will stay in the service on the first, third and fifth Sundays. The third Sunday will include Holy Communion. We will have tea, filter coffee, juice and pastries at the back of church after the service! 


Our 11.15am service will be more traditional with a robed choir, organ based hymns, and more liturgically rich in style with Holy Communion on the first, third and fifth Sundays of the month. Whatever your preference, we hope to be able to offer you a style of service to suit.


If you haven’t visited St. Nicholas’ for a while, do come to a service this Christmas, and then try one of our new services in 2018.


God Bless and Happy Christmas,


Andrew






www.stnicholaschurch.org.uk 



CHURCH CALENDAR 

please also see the page Services and Calendar 


EVERY SUNDAY - services where everyone is welcome:  2018 schedule

8am Holy Communion

9.30am Informal Family Friendly Service including Family Service on the first Sunday and Communion on the third Sunday of the month

11.15am Traditional Choral Service with communion on first, third and fifth Sundays of the month.

SPECIAL SERVICES

21 Jan 11.15am Joint service with URC at St. Nicholas’.

And especially for children:

Nick’s Kids, 9.30am, 17 Dec, then second and fourth Sundays of the month. 

Tots Praise at 9.30am on Thursdays, 14 Dec, 11 Jan and 8 Feb, - a lively service in church with songs, stories, prayers and fun for under fives and their carers. 

4 o’clock church - a fun Sunday service and tea for children and their carers on 10 Dec, 14 Jan, 11 Feb.







StNick’s Family

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