Weekly Notices: Thursday 30th November 2023
This Sunday is Advent Sunday and is known as the start of the Christian year. It's a time for us to prepare for the celebration of the birth of Jesus. Advent which comes from the old world Adventus means the arrival of something or someone important and it is a time to enjoy with family and friends.
You will see an Advent Crown or wreath in most churches from this Sunday (and each Sunday until Christmas Day) which has four candles standing in a circle representing Hope, Peace, Joy and Love. Each Sunday, a candle is lit with a fifth candle being lit on Christmas Day representing the coming of Jesus - the Light of the World.
In addition to celebrating Advent, we will also have our Christingle service this Sunday at St Mary's. A Christingle usually consits of the orange (the world), a red ribbon around it which reminds us that Jesus died for us, four cocktail sticks representing the four seasons and which are often adorned with sweets or dried fruits to represent all of God's creations. Finally, the candle in the middle reminding us of Jesus.
Christingle: Christ's Light
Don't forget to join us after in the Church Centre for brunch.
Services this Week
8am Holy Communion at St Mary's, Wargrave
9.45am All Age Christingle at St Mary's, Wargrave
10.30am Holy Communion at St Peter's, Knowl Hill
Sing-a-Long Carols for Under 5s
Sunday 10th December
Join us on Sunday 10th December at 3pm in St Mary's Church Centre for Carols, crafts and nibbles!
This is a great event for anyone with young children to entertain. We gather for baby sensory inspired carol singing (all the good old carols you know from your childhood but with bubbles, lights, flags etc... added to keep the children entertained).
The carol singing happens in two halves with craft in-between. It all takes place in the church centre so babies and toddlers can make as much noise and mess as they please.
Remembering Joel: Santa Fun Run
Sunday 3rd December
Mike & Angie’s son, James is taking part in the Winchester Fun Run on Sunday 3rd December in memory of Joel.
To support and raise funds for Naomi House Children’s Hospice, please visit their justgiving page.
St Mary's Christmas Decorating
Saturday 16th December
Do you love the preparations of Christmas and are free on the morning of Saturday 16th December from 9am?
Also, if you have any holly, please do bring it down to the Church.
If you are, you are welcome to pop down to St Mary’s and help Sheila and her team put up all of the Christmas decorations for the festive weeks ahead.
Christmas is coming to Wargrave!
Follow the stars this December and get Christmas off to a great start on Mill Green on Saturday 9th December. The fabulous festivities begin with the true story of Christmas, in front of St Mary’s Church. Performed by the youngest Wargrave thespians, the Nativity play at 4pm, tells of Mary & Joseph’s unique journey to Bethlehem, complete with visits from shepherds, kings and angels.
From biblical Bethlehem to wonderful Wargrave at 4.30pm we indulge in the Christmas spirit. Mulled wine and mince pies, hotdogs and hot chocolate will keep us warm and toasty, generously provided by our sponsors in return for a donation. A small pay bar from The Bull will offer beers and wine for the grown-ups and soft drinks.
Mill Green will be filled with Christmas music followed by the blessing of the tree before the official lighting at 5pm. Everyone is invited to sing around the tree, led by local school children who have been learning the carols this term.
The six-metre tree will be supplied again by local Wargravian Graham Trolley and other sponsors of the event include local builder Phoenix Roofing and Building Services, our brilliant village café Daisy Love, and Rollover Hotdogs.
New for 2023, we will also have three special prizes to win at our Christmas Raffle which has been kindly donated by Richard of Hurst:
1st – Christmas Hamper and Gutter cleaning
2nd – Window Cleaning both inside and out
3rd – Window Cleaning outside
Tickets are £1 and will be sold in advance from Daisy Love, The Bull and from St Mary’s Church (Monday – Thursday: 10am to 12pm & Sundays after the 9.45am service) They will also be available on the day and announced just after the carols.
Let’s get our village together and welcome an amazing family Christmas to Wargrave! Put Saturday 9th December from 4pm in your diary and tell all your friends and family.
Christmas Wreath Making
Thursday 7th December - Book Now
On Thursday 7th December at 7.30pm join us for an evening of Christmas preparations.
Make your own wreaths, listen to a talk and enjoy a glass of wine and delicious festive canapés.
Tickets are £30 per person.
To book, please contact .
If you are able to help with set up please also let Lucinda know who will be able to advise on what support is needed.
Wednesday 29th November
Join us on Wednesday 29th November at 9.30am in the Church Centre.
Join us for our parent and toddler group hosted by a team of experience mothers and grandmothers. Breakfast is available whilst there is an opportunity to chat with other parents and talks on parenting life.
For more information, please email .
Future Dates: 6th December
Thursdays at 2.30pm
Every third Thursday of the month at 2.30pm, CAMEO meet in the Village Hall to host various activities allowing you to have some fun and to take the time to meet and chat with others over tea & coffee.
The next session will be a Beetle Drive which will be held on Thursday 16th November
- 16th November - Beetle Drive
- 14th December - Christmas Lunch
Discover all events here
For more information or to arrange transport, please contact Lesley Bell on 01628 822 500.