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On Sunday 29 November we have a service live by phone and on YouTube at 9:00 a.m.
Phone service: If you know anyone who isn't online who would value listening to our service each week, all they have to do is call 01793 939015. This is a local Swindon number. It can be listened to live, or played back afterwards.
Option 2 plays the current/most recent service. Option 1 gives details of forthcoming services including Christmas plans.
Stream from 9:00 a.m.
Order of service on screen
Printable order of service
Family Time sheet
Resources for adults and families from our Sunday School materials ROOTS for Churches Ltd (rootsontheweb.com) 2002-2020.
Bishop's Christmas Appeal
This year the Bishop of Bristol's Christmas appeal is for clergy in our partner Dioceses in Uganda. After six months of lockdown with no services and no offerings many are struggling to feed their families. Please watch this video: https://youtu.be/DeYIE2sGMA4 . If you would like to respond, please send payment via this link: https://givealittle.co/campaigns/5c5aea5f-4b04-4e46-a8f1-fa128d097172 by 5th December, so that it can be sent on by the Diocese to Uganda in time for Christmas.
We expect to be open for services in the church from Sunday 6 December with all the previous restrictions. Services will also be available online and on the phone.
We're hoping our plans for the usual Christmas services can go ahead, although attendance for any services will be limited to 30. We will first be inviting St Mary's members who we know are not online. We will post information on booking tickets online when we are able to do so.
All music will be recorded and we will not be able to sing in the church building, but we will certainly celebrate! Plans include:
- Online/phone Christingle at 4:00 p.m. on Sun 13 Dec (no congregation in Church)
- Carol Service at 6:30p.m. on Sun 20 Dec
- Crib Service at 4:00 p.m. on Thurs 24 Dec
- Night Communion at 11:30 p.m. on Thurs 24 Dec
- Christmas Day Service with Communion at 10:00 a.m. on Fri 25 Dec
Our Christingle Service will be online only this year. Packs are being prepared for participants. If you would like to receive a Christingle pack, and live in or near the parish of St Mary’s Church Rodbourne Cheney, please register before 12 noon on Friday 11th December by emailing Ruth Slade with your address, phone number and how many children would like the Christingle pack. You will also need one orange per child. We comply with GDPR. We will not pass on your details, and will delete them within one week of the Christingle service, which will take place on Sunday 13th December at 4 p.m.
Follow the Star: Sunday 6th – Thursday 24th December
A Family Trail for Advent: Stars are appearing around the area, in windows and on noticeboards, and the idea is to follow the trail to find them all. At the bottom of each star picture there is a word, collect all the words to tell a very special story. You need a sheet which can be downloaded here.
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You can give to support St Mary's Church - online at https://www.give.net/20035871 or by text sending the message STMARYRODCHENEY followed by the amount of up to £20 to 70085 e.g. STMARYRODCHENEY 5 to 70085 (Both methods allow donations to be Gift Aided). Further information here.