9th December 2018: 2nd Sunday of Advent
Preacher: Nigel Bacon; Intercessor: Jim Pringle

Welcome to our celebrant Revd Julie Willingham.

Exciting Update: At our All Age Eucharist on Sunday 23rd December, Bishop Christopher of Lincoln will bring with him Bishop Rob, newly retired from New South Wales, Australia, whom he will license as an Assistant Bishop for the diocese. Join us to extend a warm welcome to them both.

Advent Course: The second session takes place tomorrow afternoon in Church, at 2pm. Kate and Anne lead us in reflections on the themes present in the Advent hymns we sing each year: all welcome.

Organ Fundraising

Stained Glass Windows: A booklet on our beautiful windows and the people to whom they are dedicated is hot off the press and on sale today! Based on articles which appeared in the magazine 2016/2017 it is very well produced and a bargain at £2.50.

For the New Year - Jazz Breakfast: A local jazz group, Deeping Dixielanders, will be playing in the Green School from 10am to 12noon on Saturday 2nd February. Enjoy their relaxing music over a continental breakfast and hot beverage while you read your paper (or comic for the younger set). Tickets on sale soon, £10 adults, £2.50 children.

Santa Stroll: The best fun to be had on the Sunday before Christmas? Taking part in our Santa Stroll of course - an amble round the town starting and ending at church dressed in a Santa Suit! Application forms at the back - £10 adults, £5 children, £25 family of four. For the Organ and the Mayor's charity.

Sponsored Carol Singing in Church: Great fun was had by everyone who sang! So far, £300+ has been handed in. If you sponsored a singer, please be sure to seek them out to hand over your money so we know the final total quickly. Didn't sing or sponsor? Simply give a donation. Thanks.

Patchwork Quilts: Photos of the quilts created by Anne Sargeson which were not sold at the Coffee Morning are on display at the back of church; we will report the takings next week; thanks to all who came.

Bell Ringing: A local band of ringers will be ringing a peal - three hours non-stop ringing - on Friday 28th December from 9.30am. Please let anyone you know who lives in the vicinity of church. Thanks.

Lesson Readers: There are some gaps on the rota. If you'd like to join it or are currently on it and prepared to fill more slots, please speak to Kate.

Church is open each day. Please come in to be still in God's presence, to pray or explore the building.


Cheques made payable to Market Deeping PCC.

Registered Charity Number 1133754




Sun 9th                      2nd Sunday of Advent

                     8.00am Morning Prayer:
                                 Isaiah 64.1-7; Matthew 11.2-11 
                     9.50am Guthlac's Young Explorers & Vestry Group, Green School
                   10.00am Parish Eucharist:
                                 Malachi 3.1-4; Luke 3.1-6
                     6.00pm Evensong:
                                 Isaiah 40.1-11; Luke 1.1-25

Mon 10th       2.00pm Course on Advent Hymns in Church
Wed 12th     10.30am Holy Communion
Thu 13th        7.30pm Bell Ringing Practice
Fri 14th          6.30pm Choir Practice
Sat 15th       10.00am Making of Christingles, Green School

Sun 16th                    3rd Sunday of Advent
                                 Zephaniah 3.14-20; Luke 3.7-18
                     8.00am Holy Communion
                     9.50am Guthlac's Young Explorers & Vestry Group, Green School
                   10.00am Parish Eucharist
                     4.00pm Christingle Service

Rotas for 9th December

Sidespeople:       8.00am Gordon Tyler
                         10.00am Lyall Seale, Kay Roberts, Peter Hilton, Chris Warren
                           6.00pm David Betts
Readers:             8.00am Gordon Tyler
                         10.00am Anne Sargeson
                           6.00pm Andrew Bowell
Offertory:                       Dorothy Harriss
Coffee:                            Mothers' Union 

Rotas for 16th December

Sidespeople:      8.00am Kevin Dawson
                        10.00am Gwen Wass, Sandra Eberle, Keith Warren, Jan Adron-Walk
                          4.00pm Gordon Tyler, Kevin Dawson, Jean Jones, Anne Guthrie
Readers:            8.00am Kevin Dawson
                        10.00am Neal Bacon
                          4.00pm Christingle
Offertory:                      Caroline Pope & Jean Jones
Coffee:                           Linda Bates & Chris Warren

NEWSLETTER ITEMS: Deadline 6pm Thursday; hard copy 1 The Orchard; ring 218743; email dorothy@hariss.me.uk


Wed 19th Dec: Carols with Rose Lodge, 2.30pm, in Church; all welcome

Sun 23rd Dec: Santa Stroll, 11.30am

Greeting Cards: Pam Pearson and Greg Ford make very attractive cards which are on sale at the back of Church. Proceeds go to the fabric & maintenance fund.

Church Floodlighting: Sponsoring the floodlights is a unique way to mark an anniversary or birthday: £10 per evening: book a date with Kay Roberts, 01778 349021

Green School: Check availability for a party, meeting or regular booking via the link on the Church Website to ‘Our Church Hall' or email greenschool@stguthlacs.org

Website: Visit www.stguthlacs.org.uk to see the latest photos and information. Forward items for the website or update your group's posting via dave@thehandfamily.co.uk