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Mobile: 07857 512 053

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Prayer Requests

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All prayer requests will be made anonymous before being passed on  to our Prayer Team.

Parish Magazine Deadline

Copy for Feb/Mar edition of the Benefice Parish Magazine should be submitted by 12.00 noon - Friday 5th January

Readings for Friday 8th December - The Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Morning Prayer

Psalm(s)   25
Reading   Isaiah 29: 1-14
Gospel   Matthew 13: 24-43

Evening Prayer 

Psalm(s)   17
Reading   Isaiah 44: 9-23


  Revelation 21:22 - 22:5

Readings for Saturday 9th December

Morning Prayer

Psalm(s)   9
Reading   Isaiah 29: 15-end
Gospel   Matthew 13: 44-end

Evening Prayer 

Psalm(s)   27
Reading   Isaiah 44:24 - 45:13
Reading   Revelation 22: 6-end

Readings for Sunday 10th December - The Second Sunday of Advent

Principal Service 

Reading   Isaiah 40: 1-11
Psalm   85: 1-2; 8-end
Reading   2 Peter 3: 8-15a
Gospel   Mark 1: 1-8

Readings for Sunday 10th December -  Other Services

Morning Prayer

Psalm(s)   80
Reading   Baruch 5: 1-9
Gospel   Luke 1: 5-20


Evening Prayer 

Psalm(s)   40
Reading   1 Kings 22: 1-28
Reading   Romans 15: 4-13
Gospel   Matthew 11: 2-11