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Prayer focus for December:

Loving God, help us to celebrate this Advent season: help us to clear the way for Jesus in our hearts; show us the things which distract us from a life of true worship.  As we look forward to the celebration of the first coming of Jesus help us to look forward to His second coming, to that time when we will see You face to face.  Give us hearts that constantly seek Your presence: show us how we need to be forgiven, refined and purified by Your Holy Spirit.  Give us strength to ask for forgiveness and to change our ways. Give us grace to live to Your honour and glory.  Amen

Weekly Prayer Focus: 

When Jesus came he taught people the importance of being peace-makers. He said that those who make peace shall be called the children of God. When Christ comes to us he brings us peace and he will bring everlasting peace when he comes again. This week Lord , we pray for peace in our country and in our world, especially praying for our leaders during this General Election week, praying that they will have strength, wisdom, sensitivity and grace as they try to unite our country.

Vicar: Revd Sheri Gidney.   The Vicarage, 30 Lickey Square, B45 8HB   0121 445 1185 sherigidney@gmail.com  

Sheri’s Rest Day is usually a Tuesday

Church Office: Trinity Centre, Lickey, B45 8ES. Open 9-2, Mon & Thurs. Tel: 0121 445 1425                                           lickeyoffice@bt internet.com  www.holytrinitystcaths.org.uk 

Coming soon for 2020, save the dates!

Alpha, a Christian Basics Course will be running from on Wednesday evenings from 22nd January – 25th March 2020, 8pm – 9:30pm. Please be thinking about who you might like to invite and if you would like to come along to participate or to facilitate discussion. Please chat to Sheri. 

A Short Bible Course. ‘Six Weeks In….’

Dave Gidney is a Bible College Lecturer who specialises in the Old Testament. From time to time Dave will be offering ‘Six Weeks In’ a book of the Old Testament. In January he’ll be offering ‘Six Weeks In Daniel’ 13th January – 17th February Mondays 1:30pm – 3pm at the Vicarage. No prior knowledge needed, please bring your Bible with you and please do let him know that you are planning to attend. davegidney@cww.org.uk0121 445 1185

SPARKHILL FOODBANK : Donations requested: Selection boxes, boxes of biscuits, Christmas puddings, mince pies, fruit juice, tinned meat/fish, tinned rice/sponge pudding, tinned fruit and toiletries. Thank you for the last donation of 142kgs 0f food.

BIRMINGHAM CHRISTMAS SHELTER 2019 

The Shelter will be open to the homeless, and anyone in need of company December 24th-28th when support services are not available. Please leave your donations in the Christmas Shelter box at the back of each church. The following items are needed: NEW socks, underwear, warm hats, scarves, gloves, jumpers. Toiletries. In date and individually wrapped sweets, mini chocolate bars, biscuits, dried fruit, cereal bars, small cakes, packets of crisps. Kitchen roll, toilet roll. Small torches with batteries. Dog food and dog treats. Items for rough sleepers’ survival packs: waterproof ponchos, men’s hand cream and lip balm, baby wipes, small tubes of toothpaste, toothbrushes, small bottles of water, small packs of sweets, wrapped energy bars. Cash and cheques (Lickey PCC)   Last day for donations Sunday Dec 22nd. Thank you for your support.

Christmas is Coming : We are planning to repeat decorating the window sills as last year with Christmas Trees decorated by groups who meet or are connected with church activities. Many groups who did this last year have indicated that they are willing to be involved again but there is always room for more!! If you are a member of any church group such as home group, Tea/coffee rota, or any other please let me know. We are planning to do this on  Friday 13th December from 6-30pm it was so good to all work together followed by a festive light supper and a carol or two!  If you would just like to join the decorators to encourage them you would be most welcome.  Sue Edgell 01214538608

ADVENT REFLECTION: Please come and make space for an Advent Reflection time on Friday 20th December 10.30am/12noon (venue to be decided): The weeks leading up to Christmas can be busy and overfull.  It’s easy to forego marking Advent in meaningful and enriching ways, and so allow our spiritual needs to be crowded out. I’m a relaxed atmosphere, and using sacred images and paintings, poetry, music and silence, we will set time aside to prepare and receive Christ afresh into our lives.  If you’d like to take part, or would like to know more, please contact me (revmodew@btinternet.com/07546903908) 

HEATHER JOHNSTONE  CMS Mission partner: Heather is back in UK on home leave for the first time in three and a half years since she went to Tanzania.  She is busy re-connecting with friends and the various link churches, who support her work.  She is here till 29th February, and she is due to visit Lickey parish on Jan 12th, when we shall be able to hear about the different aspects of the Rehema project.

It was hard saying goodbye to her adopted family,  but instead of bringing in someone new to take over  in her absence, Heather has appointed the three managers of the three different enterprises – the cafe, the workshop, and the local food outlet – to take charge.

Please pray for Mode, Grace and Flora, as they step out of their comfort zones, and take on new responsibilities.

‘POPPIES BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP 

Our new group is a joint venture between our Parish and the Parish of Cofton Hackett and Barnt Green. A monthly group offering friendly mutual support over a cup of tea. You don’t need to be a church member to be part of the group but we will end our time together with a short service with space to remember our loved ones together. We will meet from 10:30am – 12noon on the third Monday of each month at Holy Trinity. Invitations are available. Do be considering who you might like to invite. Please speak to Sheri, Christine Allen or Maggie Forknell for more information. 

SIGNIFICANT CHANGES TO BAPTISM:  For a number of reasons including to serve our families better and to comply with C of E policy our Baptism Team proposed and PCC approved that our Baptisms will be returning to within our main services. From January 2020 Baptisms will be offered to one family on the second Sunday in the month as part of the 9am service at St Catherine’s and on the third Sunday in the month as part of the 10:30am service at Holy Trinity. Please chat with Sheri if you would like to know more

Baptism / Wedding Enquiries. We are also changing the way that we handle initial enquiries for Baptisms and Weddings for both Holy Trinity and St Catherine’s. From now on we will be moving to a monthly drop in held at The Wheel. Please direct any future enquiries to the drop in where the couples can meet Sheri and Sandra to begin the conversation.

Saturday 18th January 4pm – 5pm,

Saturday 8th February 4pm – 5pm.

EVENSONG AT ST. MICHAEL’S:  Evensong at St Michael’s is remaining at 6pm during the Winter months (not 4pm as in previous years)

Cofton Hackett Residents 

The parish council in Cofton Hackett has arranged a Christmas party this year (which replaces the seniors dinner) in the new village hall in Cofton. The party is on Saturday 21st December from 1pm until 5pm, is free of charge and is for all ages. There will be children’s entertainment and crafts in the community room and refreshments and Christmas music in the main hall. 

If anyone needs more information, please contact Clare Naughton on  07736425214 or Clare.m.naughton@gmail.com or pop into the Breakfast Club at the new Village Hall and chat to Claire Fryer. 

HAMLIN FISTULA: Knitting Instruction sheets are at the back of our churches. We are asked that if possible we send completed blankets rather than loose squares.  Please continue knitting!  Your support is greatly appreciated. The need is unending!  Peter & Olga Jackson

BIRMINGHAM CITY MISSION USED STAMPS APPEAL  This is ongoing so please save any USED stamps and put them in the labelled collection box at the back of each church. They will be passed on to BCM to raise funds to help people in need. Thank you.

OTHER DIARY DATES 

OPEN THE BOOK – BLACKWELL FIRST SCHOOL

8.45am –  Wednesday 11th December – The First Christmas

Please pray for this new venture.    For more details please contact Maggie – 07973313034

Blackwell Concert Band Christmas Concert in aid of Macmillan, Saturday 14th December. St Andrews Church Barnt Green 7.30                  Tickets £5 to include mulled wine and mince pie.

CHRISTMAS IS COMING! Please make a note in your diaries of the following Christmas services. Please think about who you can invite to come along with you. Invitations coming soon! 

Saturday 21st December  The Longest Night’ 4:30pm Holy Trinity Lickey

We meet on the Longest Night when the shadows are at their darkest, whilst recognising from now on the darkness will be chased away as the seasons change, the nights shorten and the light breaks in.

This service is offered as a space for all who, for whatever reason, cannot experience or express the customary joy and celebration of the Christmas season, but still look for the coming of the hope and love embodied by Jesus Christ into our broken world.

Sunday 22nd December   6pm – Parish Carol Service followed by Mulled Wine and Mince Pies – St Catherine’s Blackwell

Tuesday 24th December  3pm  Christingle – Holy Trinity Lickey 

 4:30pm Crib Service St Catherine’s Blackwell.

You are welcome to come dressed as an angel, shepherd, sheep or king. 

                                       11pm  Midnight Communion –  Holy Trinity Lickey

Wednesday 25th December

10am Christmas Communion – St Catherine’s Blackwell

10:30am Family Celebration – Holy Trinity Lickey

Vision Day for Everyone – SAVE THE DATE  – 2020

Saturday 29th February 2020 will be an important day for our parish as we reflect on our sermon series and develop a vision together for our parish.  10am – 2pm at The Trinity Centre, this day is FOR EVERYONE. We plan to offer groups so that our children can have their voices heard too. Nearer the time we will be asking you to sign up so that we can adequately prepare. Please save the date.

Worship Workshop: led by Christian Music Ministries – Saturday 14th March 2020

APRIL 2021:– JOINT WEEKEND AWAY: with the parish of Cofton Hackett and Barnt Green, 16 – 18th April 2021 to Hothorpe Hall in Leicestershire.  Aorund an hour’s drive away, accommodation is hotel stabndard and the same venue as the weekend in 2019. Would youy like to join the planning team? Please speak to Sheri.