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What’s On at the Three Churches… Sunday 10th December

Here’s what’s on for the week ahead at St James’ Lower Darwen, St Paul’s Hoddlesden and St James’ Over Darwen. #threechurches

The Christmas Tree Festival starts this week and the updated Christmas Events Lists can now be seen for each church by following the link at the end of each notice sheet. (view or download – opens in new window). Also please see our Diary Page.

At St James’ Lower Darwen…
Sunday 10th December
10.00am All Age Worship
6.00pm Celtic Holy Communion

Monday 11th
9.00 am School Assembly in church – parents welcome – bacon butties and tea/coffee afterwards

1.00pm St James’ School Nativity in church
7.00pm Exercise class in church

Tuesday 12th
1.00pm St James’ School Nativity in church
5.30pm & 7.30pm Slimming World in church
6.00pm St James’ School Nativity in church

Wednesday 13th
10.00am Art Group in the church lounge
3.30pm After School Drop In
7.00pm Worship band practice

Thursday 14th
9.00am – 9.00pm Setting up of Christmas trees

Friday 15th
9.00am – 4.00pm Setting up of Christmas trees
6.00pm Christmas Unwrapped – Friday Night Special

Saturday 16th
6.00pm Sing Out Christmas

Sunday 17th
10.00am Holy Communion
2.00pm Cafe Church Belthorn
6.00pm Carol Service at Roman Road Library

From Thursday we’ll be setting up the Christmas trees in church and the events begin with Friday Night Special’s Christmas party – tickets are free from the church office. Next Sunday is the carol service at Roman Road Library which will be a great night – there’s no evening service at Lower Darwen that night. Here are the Christmas events for St James Lower Darwen

At St James’ Over Darwen…
Sunday 10th December
4.00pm Family Special Service

Tuesday 12th
6.00pm Rainbows and Brownies in the nursery school

Wednesday 13th
11.30am Traditional Communion with Lunch

Friday 15th
9.30am Toddle Tots Playgroup in church

Sunday 17th
4.00pm Christingle Service

Next Sunday there will be a Christingle service at 4.00pm. Here are the Christmas Events for St James Over Darwen

And at St Paul’s Hoddlesden…
Sunday 10th December
10.00am All Age Carol Service with Holy Communion followed by a light lunch

Tuesday 12th
8.00pm Carols in the Ranken with light supper

Saturday 16th
10.00am Coffee Morning at the Carus Centre

Sunday 17th
10.00am All Age Worship

There will also be a Carols in the  Ranken service with supper provided on Tuesday evening. Here are the Christmas events for St Pauls Hoddlesden

Our Weekly Message

Mark 1:1-18
John the Baptist Prepares the Way
1 The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, 2 as it is written in Isaiah the prophet:

“I will send my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way”—
3 “a voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
make straight paths for him.’”

4 And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. 6 John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7 And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8 I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

The Baptism and Testing of Jesus
9 At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

12 At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, 13 and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.

Jesus Announces the Good News
14 After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”

Jesus Calls His First Disciples
16 As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 17 “Come, follow me,”
Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 18 At once they left their nets and followed him.

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