17th December 2017

Welcome to our Worship


10 am All Age Junior Church Nativity

led by the Junior Church

This morning the children and young people will present the Christmas Story.

Today is the 3rd Sunday of Advent when the  young people light a candle to remind us of John the Baptist and of God’s messengers who prepare the way of the Saviour’s coming.  A candle will be lit each Sunday leading up to Christmas.

If you are new, then we would love to say hello, so please join us for coffee.  Please take a church leaflet and response card (which can be found in the pews).  If you complete the card, hand it to a steward or post it in the ‘Prayer Box’ in the entrance area – then we’ll be in touch soon.

Do join us for Morning Coffee – served after the service, upstairs in New Horizons Hall, and downstairs from the Lounge.  We thank Pat and Rosie for preparing it today.

Today’s Offering Stewards: Maureen, Joan, Judith, Margaret H.  Upstairs: David D.

6 pm  Carols by Candlelight  Service

led by our minister Nick


10 am       Morning Worship including Junior Church and Crèche

with Communion on the third Sunday of the month

6 pm Evening Worship including Youth Service every other week;

with Communion on the first Sunday of the month


Church Office 01858 410693   Charity Reg. No. 1132945.  Coffee Shop 01858 414948

Minister Rev Nicholas J. A. Cook.   01858 410693 :

Minister in Training: Mr Christopher Brown,

Church Administrator: Christine Wiseman:


We give a warm welcome to the friends and families of our Junior Church, who will this morning present their Nativity story to us.    This evening we celebrate our Carols by Candlelight service – do come and bring family, friends and torches.

Invitation leaflets for Christmas services and events – this is the time of year many people will come to church, if asked.  Please pray about who you could invite.  Leaflets are available in church and coffee shop – pick up a copy today to give to family and friends.

Stewards are required in the church sanctuary for Farndon Fields School Christmas Carol Service tomorrow Monday 18 December from 6 – 7pm.  If you can help please sign up on the Noticeboard.

‘Sing Christmas’ on BBC Radio Leicester 104.9 FM & DAB will take place at 7 pm tomorrow Mon 18 Dec.

Angel Tree Project – sending gifts to children whose fathers are in HMP Gartree.  A big thank you to all who helped with this year’s appeal.

Sunday Welcome Teams’18 The new rota will shortly be set up.  Duties include welcoming on the door, giving out books/news-sheet and taking up the offering.  If you would like to join the team, or step down, please contact Audrey N.

Please remember in prayer the family and friends of John F who died recently, especially his wife Jo daughters Joanne, Jane, Penny & son Tim.  A private funeral will take place tomorrow Mon. 18 December at 12 noon at Kettering Crematorium and a Thanksgiving service will be held in our church at 1:15 pm, followed by a tea for the family & friends after the service. If you can help by providing an item for the tea please add your name to the list on the noticeboard.

Also please continue to remember the family and friends of John C and Rose W who died recently.

Do remember to collect your December Outlook and church Christmas card from the box at the back of church. Donations towards the cost of printing the magazine will be most welcome, in the white tub.  Also please remember to collect your cards posted in our Christmas Post Box.

This week’s shortages at Jubilee Foodbank are: Cartons – fruit juice, UHT semi-skimmed milk, packs – mashed potato, cream crackers, biscuits: sweet & chocolate, tins – carrots, green beans, peas, small jars of Coffee. Also as Christmas approaches sweets and chocolates for children, and bars of chocolate for adult treats.  Collection box for your items is in the corridor.

Angela will step down as Transport Co-ordinator at the end of December, and so far no-one has stepped forward to take her place.  Please prayerfully consider taking on this important role of organizing the Team for getting our elderly and infirm folk to church each Sunday.

The new Flower Rota for 2018 is now on the board for you to add your names to.  Please indicate if you will be arranging the flowers you provide.

1st – 27th January.  Prayer Event  for our Church Vision

 “Press Pause & Pray” in Home Groups and Church Lounge –

pick up a leaflet for full details, dates and times.

‘Market Harborough Helping Refugees’  current appeal is for blankets for refugees in France. ‘A Hug from Harborough’ sends recycled wool blankets from us to refugees in France, where adults and children are sleeping outside in the cold. The aim is to send 500 blankets by Christmas, (and they are already half the way there) with a suggested donation of £2.50.  Those who donate a blanket can write a personal message on a luggage label, which will be sent over with the blankets.  See Poster for full details.

New Year Diary Dates:

Fri 5 Jan 5pm.  Justice & Peace Group ‘Peace Vigil’ on The Square – come along, bringing a candle or torch.

Sat 6 Jan 12-3pm.  Leicester Baptists in Mission New Year Meeting at Friar Lane & Braunstone B.C.  Speaker: Christine K working with BMS in France.   Soup & hot drinks provided – bring own sandwiches.

Sat. 20 Jan.  9 – 12 noon Church Coffee Morning in Harborough Theatre Lounge.  All proceeds to our church re-development fund.

Fri. 26 Jan. 10:30am.  Short service of reflection  & prayer for Holocaust Memorial Day at Methodist church.

THANK YOU for your support on all the above notices.

Week ending:  23 December, 2017   See our church notice-board  for more details.

Monday 18th

9 am Breakfast Prayer

1:15 pm Thanksgiving Service for John F

6 pm Farndon Fields School Carol Service

7 pm ‘Sing Christmas’ on BBC Radio Leicester

Tuesday 19th

10 am Turquoise Home Group

12 noon Ministry Team Meeting

7:30 pm White, Yellow & Pink Home Groups

Wednesday 20th

8:30 am Signs of Life at The Bower House

Thursday 21st

11 am Orange Home Group

2:30 pm Purple Home Group

Next Sunday: 24th  Advent 4 

   10 am       Morning Service led by our minister, Nick.  Preacher: our MiT, Christopher.

    Please Note:  NO EVENING SERVICE

   10 pm       United Free Church Christmas Eve Communion at the Methodist church.

Offering Stewards: Jim L, Wendy O, Lindy, John C.    Upstairs: Laura.

Monday 25th Christmas Day

 10 am          United Free Church  Christmas Day Service at the Congregational church.

Sunday 31st December

10 am      Morning Service led by Sharon C.

Please Note:  No Evening Service

‘Stay wide awake in prayer’    1 Peter 4 :7

If we want to see things happen we must pray!  But the truth is, as much as it’s a joy to pray, prayer can be hard work. We offer these prayer pointers to focus your prayers and to maximise the ministry of our church!    We pray because we know prayer works!

Prayer Pointers……  18 – 23  December, 2017

Monday 18th: Pray for the Farndon Fields carol service in our church this evening. Pray that all those who hear again the Christmas story, will see it with fresh insight, and take away something new from the service. Pray too for those who will be sharing in the “Sing Christmas” event on Radio Leicester, with the residents at Lenthall House.

Tuesday 19th: Pray for our local schools as they break up this week. Pray that the children would develop a true understanding of the meaning and significance of Christmas, and able to share this with their families.

Wednesday 20th: Pray for the “Home Alone Christmas” at the Congregational Church on Christmas Day serving lunch to people who normally spend Christmas alone. Pray that they might enjoy food, fun and fellowship together.

Thursday 21st:  Pray that all parents and carers will be given patience at this busy time of year, and that the true meaning of Christmas would not be lost in all the busyness and change to usual routines.

Friday 22nd: Pray for the “Press Pause and Pray” events planned for January, that it would be a time of spiritual growth for us all.

Saturday 23rd: Pray for members of our church family who will be travelling to visit family and friends this weekend and over the Christmas period. Pray that they might find peace as they travel, and take heart on their journeys as they look forward to spending time together.

Sunday 24th:  As we prepare for Christ’s coming this Christmas Eve, pray that God would give us an understanding of the mystery of the Incarnation. As we celebrate Christ’s birth tomorrow, pray that Christ’s name would be honoured and glorified, and that hard hearts are melted to receive Him afresh.

Local: Pray for all who are homeless this Christmas. Thank God for the CTH Homeless Project, now well established in our town. Pray too for the charity Crisis preparing to welcome hundreds of guests to centres across the UK, providing food, shelter and access to a host of services.

National: Pray for the Trussell Trust this week as it continues to run a network of foodbanks in the UK. For the range of new services offered, including money advice and fuel banks helping people to break the cycle of poverty.

International: Pray for all those caught up in conflict situations around the world. “God of peace, show us how to put away the weapons of war and help us destroy the tools of destruction.” Thank God for his promise to, “break the bow, the sword and warfare, and banish them from the country, and let them sleep secure.” Hosea 2:20.

If you would like prayer after a church service, please go to the Prayer Corner where someone will be pleased to pray with you.  For more privacy the Prayer Team will use the Vestry.  Inclusion in prayer emails or need a visit ? then please contact our Pastoral Leader: Lindy.

Please join us as we meet in the Lounge for 25 minutes before our morning service for PRAYER and LISTENING to GOD’S VOICE  from 9:30 – 9:55 am, leaving five minutes to prepare for worship in the sanctuary.