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Ladies Night Out Friday 1 December, 7:30pm at Hongxin Chinese Buffet, Pepperbox Hill, Peatmoor. Contact Lyn Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join us.
Redhouse Community Centre Parish Council Christmas Fair Saturday 2 December, 2-6pm. Come along to support this community event.
IGNItE Youth Group Next meeting is the group’s Christmas Party on Monday 4 December, 6-8pm, at St Francis School Community Room.
Meeting to discuss church services at Tadpole Farm CE Primary Academy, Thursday 7 December, 7:30pm at St Andrew’s Church.
Carols at Abbey House, Wednesday 20 December, 4pm. Please come to Abbey House Residential Care Home, 40 Richardson Rd, Blunsdon St Andrew, Swindon SN25 4DS, for about half an hour to sing carols with the residents – they loved it last year.
St Andrew’s Christmas Party, Wednesday 20 December, 7:30pm, at the new rectory, contact Revd.Sally.Robertson@nschurch.org.uk for more details.
On Sunday 3 December, the Children’s Service at St Andrew’s and the All Age Service at Tadpole Farm CE Primary Academy are Toy Services where we ask you to donate ONE new or second hand toy in good condition to be passed on to the Women’s Refuge. Please clear out your toy box to support this cause!
Services at Tadpole Farm CE Primary Academy
We are intending to run a regular worship service at Tadpole Farm CE Primary Academy, following on from our first service on Sunday 3 December. If you have any ideas about this service, or would like to help with it in some way, please come along to our first planning meeting at St Andrew’s Church on Thursday 7 December at 7:30pm, or let Sally know.
Giving In Grace
Please remember to return your response form, indicating how much you are planning to give to St Andrew’s next year, to our Treasurer, Susan Smith, by Sunday 10 December. She will happily give you further details about the various ways of giving.
We invite you to share our preparations in one, or more, of the following ways:
Christmas Service Collections
Each year the collections taken during our Christmas services are donated to our chosen charities. This year, collections will be divided equally between St Andrew’s Church, the Children’s Society and Embrace.
Christmas Care Swindon
We will be collecting items for Christmas Care Swindon, a charity which provides a temporary shelter for homeless and vulnerable people over the Christmas period.
If you are able to donate toiletries, warm adult clothing, underwear and socks (new and unused), shoes and boots, books and games or sleeping bags, please bring them to St Andrew’s Church on Saturday 16 December between 10am and 12noon.
For more information about Christmas Care Swindon, visit the charity’s website: https://www.christmascareswindon.org.uk/donate
Parish Tea Party, Sunday 28 January, 4pm
There will be an opportunity for us all to get together for some fun, games and a bring-and-share tea on Sunday 28 January, 4pm at Tadpole Farm CE Primary Academy.
Could you be a school governor?
Tadpole Farm CE Primary Academy will have a vacancy for a Foundation (church-linked) Governor from January 2018. Please speak to Sally if you would be interested in supporting the school in this way.
Please take a copy of our Autumn/Winter Weekly Cycle of Prayer and, this month, please join us and other local churches in praying for St Mary’s Rodbourne Cheney Anglican Church, Emmanuel URC, St Andrews Moredon Methodist Church, St Mary’s Rodbourne Cheney RC Church and Swindon Community Church meeting at Bridlewood School.