Sunday 5 December

 This week please remember the following members and friends of the church: Kate, Ken & Marian, Enid, Barry & Jane, Sunny, Mary F, Hannah, Iain, Grace & Sam.

Alice sent a card of thanks ‘for the beautiful flowers and well-wishes at this really difficult time. Your love and support has meant a great deal to me.’

Prayer points for this week:

Sun      Revds Simon Taylor and Ross Maynard leading our service

Mon     The Pastoral Care Team and Deacons meeting today

Tue      Desperate need after persistent flooding in South Sudan

Wed    Anxiety about Omicron and health workers’ vaccination effort

Thurs   Children and young people with special needs and their families

Fri        Continuing focus on the climate emergency despite distractions

Sat       Light in our darkness during Advent preparations

Sun      Revd Ross Maynard leading our service today

Gift Sunday: thank you for all the gifts donated today. If you wish to give later to the work of Refugee Support Devon, cash can be put in the offering in a labelled envelope, or online donations can be made to the usual church account 00014736 but labelled RSD. We will claim Gift Aid where relevant. If you would like to send a Christmas card, the address is 17 St David’s Hill, Exeter, EX4 3RG.

Eco Corner: This advent I wish to set a challenge: How can you celebrate Christmas, whilst also reducing your waste and carbon footprint? This week I want to encourage you to think about wrapping paper. Is your wrapping paper recyclable? Can you reuse old Christmas gift bags? Or, are there other materials you can use and reuse to wrap presents. Let's get creative.

Singing Group: if you would like to join a small group to sing at our Carol service on Dec 19 at 6pm, please have a word with Patsy.

Cold weather provision: Exeter City Council made extra emergency accommodation available to rough sleepers when the temperature was so low recently.