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Carols on the Green is cancelled

In the light of increasing concern over the progress of Coronavirus we have been reviewing some of our remaining Christmas programme today and have, with a heavy heart, decided to cancel the proposed outside carol singing in the churchyard that was to have taken place on Wednesday and Thursday.

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We apologise to all who had planned to come. The Bap Shack, who were to have been providing refreshments will instead be in the churchyard at the time of the Crib Service on Christmas Eve (4 pm service). There are only 5 places remaining at that service so book soon

Details of all our Christmas services will be found at https://rossparishes.uk/christmas.

December 21

And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. Luke 2:7

Listen:

Once in Royal David’s City performed by St. Mary’s Choir

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Pray

Pray for those who also don’t have a place to lay their head tonight.

Vulnerable God,
As we contemplate the wonder of your birth,
Stir in us the desire to cradle those who have no where to lay their head,
That together we may rock the boat of injustice.
Give us grace to offer our hands to those who reach out
That with faltering steps we may find a way home
And kindle our hearts to embrace the rejected and dispossessed
And so meet you face to face.
We ask this in your name. Amen.

Annabel Shilson-Thomas/CAFOD

Chat

Have a chat with someone: How do you decorate your home for Christmas?

Do

Visit someone today, even if it just means standing on their doorstep for a bit.

December 20

Listen:

Mary’s Magnificat performed by St. Mary’s Choir

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Pray

God our Father,
the angel Gabriel told the Virgin Mary
that she was to be the mother of your Son.
Though Mary was afraid,
she responded to your call with joy.
Help us, whom you call to serve you,
to share like her in your great work
of bringing to our world your love and healing.
We ask this through Jesus Christ,
the light who is coming into the world. Amen.

Chat

Have a chat with someone: What’s a favourite memory you have of your mum or a mother-like figure in your life?

Do

Do something that you have been too nervous or afraid to do.

Carols by Candlelight – tomorrow

There are still a few tickets left for tomorrow’s carol services at St Mary’s. Sunday 20th December @ 4pm (2 tickets left) and 6pm (5 tickets left). If you don’t mange to get there you could watch the live stream on Facebook at 4pm (or any time after that).

Also there’s a Messy Church drop-in service from 2 to 3.15 pm.

Next week: Carols on the Green (you can sing) in the churchyard at 5.30 pm on Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th (no booking required – just come along).

Details and booking for all Christmas services at https://rossparishes.uk/christmas

December 19

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Pray

Pray for joy in our homes and communities.

God, as we look forward to Christmas, may we have the joy, excitement, and anticipation of children as they look forward to Father Christmas coming. May we greet your coming with the same sense of awe. Amen

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Have a chat with someone: What is your favourite part of the Ross Christmas Carnival?

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Send a Christmas card to someone today.

December 18

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Thank God for the season of Christmas- for Christmas trees and decorations and baked goodies and more!

A prayer for your Christmas tree:

This tree is a blessing to our home. It reminds us of all that is beautiful, all that is filled with the gentleness and the promise of God. It stands in our midst as a tree of light, that we might promise such beauty to one another and to our world. It stands like that tree of paradise that God made into the tree of life, the cross of Jesus.

from the Catholic News Agency

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Have a chat with someone: What is your favourite Christmas ornament and why?

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Make a Christmas ornament for someone.

December 17

In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flocks by night. Luke 2: 8

Listen:

It came upon a Midnight Clear

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Pray

Pray for people working 0-hour contract jobs, migrant workers, and other jobs that you or I might not want to do.

With the shepherds of Bethlehem
help us, oh Lord, to stand in vigil on the eve of your Coming,
to run with haste to meet you,
to see your face in the faces of others
and to wake from our sleep as a new world is being born.

(this is part of a prayer on CAFOD sent by Miguel Alonzo Macias from Honduras)

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Have a chat with someone: What was the first Christmas present you ever bought?

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Plan a way to say thank you to your mail person and/or rubbish people this Christmas; it could be just a note or maybe a box of chocolates!

December 16

Today we celebrate the joy of pantomimes, theatres, and the performing arts. This year we especially think of the challenges that performers face during this pandemic, but look forward to the future where they can share their gifts more widely once again.

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Pray

Pray for the performing arts to be able to survive this time of reduced activity and come back in strength. Pray for the performers who will be struggling financially.

‘Lord, we thank you for creating each and every person with unique gifts and skills. We especially thank you for those that entertain us and bring such joy to this time of year. We pray that they too may experience your joy. Provide for them and their businesses. Amen.

Chat

Have a chat with someone: What is the best pantomime you’ve seen?

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Encourage an actor/ actress/ musician/ performer today.

Doorstep Carols

Get ready to tune in!

Tomorrow night at 6pm tune in to BBC Hereford and Worcester and sing carols on your doorstep!

Tell your neighbours! Get them involved! 

Just like clapping for carers—sing together to bring comfort and joy!

Sing carols across Ross, Walford and Brampton Abbotts!

Tune in at 6pm tomorrow to BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester Doorstep Carols here: https://www.doorstepcarols.co.uk/is-your-area-involved-/radio-hereford-and-worcester

Or listen live on 94.7, 104, 104.4 & 104.6FM

Download the carol sheet to your device or to print here:h_and_w_doorstep_carols.pdf (bbc.co.uk)

Info sheet and invite here: Invite-BBC-Hereford-Worcester-2 (doorstepcarols.co.uk)

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December 15

When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. (Matthew 2.10)

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Pray

Pray for the ability to follow God wherever He leads.

O God,
who by the leading of a star
manifested your only Son to the peoples of the earth:
mercifully grant that we,
who know you now by faith,
may at last behold your glory face to face;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Chat

Have a chat with someone: Where were the best Christmas lights you’ve ever seen?

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Light a candle and put it in a window or put up some Christmas lights to shine in your neighbourhood.

December 14

and followed it.

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Pray

Pray for those who are searching for meaning.

Lord, may we be like the Wise Men who were guided to you by a star. Give us the wisdom to seek you, light to guide us to you, courage to search until we find you, graciousness to worship you and generosity to lay our gifts before you, who are our King and our God for ever and ever.
Amen.

(http://www.prayer-and-prayers.info/christmas-prayers/lord-may-we-be-like-the-wise-men.htm)

Chat

Have a chat with someone: What do you think it would have been like to be one of the 3 kings?

Do

Go outside after dark and look at the stars.

December 13

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Pray

Lord Jesus, light of the world,
John told the people to prepare,
for you were very near.
As Christmas grows closer day by day,
help us to be ready to welcome you now. Amen.

Chat

Have a chat with someone: Whose Christmas could you make this year? How could you do that?

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Tune into a Christingle service today- go to http://www.rossparishes.uk- or watch the Children’s Society Christingle on their webpage.

Looking for something Christmassy to do this weekend?

Why not come along to a Christingle service on Sunday 13th December at St Mary’s in Ross (4 pm) or at Walford (11.00 am).

The Christingle is an ancient tradition that in more modern times has been adopted by the Children’s Society. Christingle Services are taking place throughout the world this month, and our two services are a part of that.

You’ll need to book a place though and seats are going fast. If you can’t come you could watch the service from St Mary’s live on Facebook.

You’ll find all the links to booking and the live stream (and information about everything else that’s happening in the Ross Parishes this Christmas) at https://rossparishes.uk/christmas.

December 12

Doorstep Carols

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Pray

Pray for singing and joy to fill our homes and community during this Advent season.

God of all hope and joy, open our hearts in welcome, that your Son Jesus Christ at his coming may find in us a dwelling prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, on God now and for ever. Amen

A New Zealand Prayer Book- The Book of a Thousand Prayers compiled by Angela Ashwin

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Have a chat with someone: What is your favourite Christmas carol?

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Get ready to join in with Carols on Your Doorstep at 6pm on Wednesday 16th. Tell your friends and neighbours about it and encourage them to join in too! Find out more at http://www.doorstepcarols.org.

December 11

This year we’ve been on our own long journey through the pandemic. It has challenged us and taught us.

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Pray

Give thanks for the Ross Community Support Group and volunteers helping to make a difference through COVID.

Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,
and to assure the isolated
of our love, and your love,
for your name’s sake.
Amen.

Chat

Have a chat with someone: What are you dreaming of this Christmas?

Do

Send a card or gift to a local care home, doctor’s surgery, hospital, etc thanking staff for their work.

December 10

In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. All went to their own towns to be registered. 4 Joseph went on a long journey from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. 5He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. Luke 2: 1-5

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Pray

Pray for people who are forced to be away from home or who have no home to go to this Christmas.

Lord, for all those who are homeless, we ask that you may provide help and care for them. Give your Church compassion and help us not to just pass by. Lord, show us what we can do practically this year that would lift up those who are struggling. Lord, we pray for those agencies that work with the homeless, may they receive the resources and wisdom they need. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

(https://www.eauk.org/church/resources/daily-advent-prayers.cfm)

Chat

Have a chat with someone: Which is your favourite animal in the nativity?

Do

Let someone in front of you in the queue- make their journey shorter!

December 9

“The giver of every good and perfect gift has called upon us to mimic Gods giving, by grace, through faith, and this is not of ourselves.”
– St. Nicholas of Myra

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Pray

Pray for people who are in poverty.

Almighty Father, lover of souls,
who chose your servant Nicholas
   to be a bishop in the Church,
that he might give freely
   out of the treasures of your grace;
make your people mindful
   of the needs of others,
and as they have themselves received,
so teach them also to give;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Chat

Have a chat with someone: What do you hope Father Christmas will bring you this Christmas?

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Give something Christmassy for the Ross community larder. There are collection points at all the major supermarkets and in St. Mary’s church.

December 8

In the bleak midwinter is a favourite Christmas carol and it ends ‘What can I give him? Give my heart.’

Listen:

In the bleak mid winter performed by St. Mary’s Choir

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Pray

Pray for people who may feel lonely this Christmas.

What shall we offer you, O Christ, Who for our sakes appeared on earth as man? Every creature made by you offers you thanks. The angels off you a hymn; the heavens, a star; The Magi, gifts; The shepherds, their wonder; The earth, a cave; And from our human race we offered you a Virgin Mother. God before all ages, have mercy upon us.- from the Festal Menaion of the Russian Orthodox Church – The Book of a Thousand Prayers compiled by Angela Ashwin

Chat

Have a chat with someone: What’s the best gift you could receive this Christmas?

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Make something you can give this Christmas that doesn’t cost any money.

Christingle Service @ St Mary’s on Sunday

The Christingle is a beautiful and fairly ancient service and a great Christmasy experience. We’ve not held one in Ross for a very long time. But this year we are! You’ll need to book a place. Christingles are provided. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/copy-of-christingle-st-marys-church-ross-on-wye-sunday-13-december-tickets-131077144267

Or join us live on Facebook at 4pm on Sunday, 13th December.

If you’d prefer the morning then a similar service is taking place at 11am at Walford Church.

More links and information about all our Christmas events at https://rossparishes.uk/christmas