Closure of St Chad’s for Relighting and Redecoration
I am writing to give advanced warning that the PCC are currently considering plans for the Relighting and Redecoration of St Chad’s, which will involve the closure of the building for several weeks. There is still some work to be done to finalize the details and obtain the necessary approval but the intention is to carry out the work commencing in January 2020 and finishing by the end of March, in time for Easter. Part of the scheme involves ensuring that public worship continues through this period, both on Sundays and during the week and we will of course let you know of the intended arrangements as and when the details become clear.
We are fortunate in having St Hilda’s Carleton and St Anne’s Singleton in the benefice, where occasional offices can take place and we are canvassing opinion, as to the best venues for Sunday and midweek services. 

All Souls Day Saturday 2nd November 11am
On Saturday 2nd November we will mark All Souls Day with a Holy Communion Service at St Chad’s at 11 am. There will be a list at the back of St Chad’s and St Hilda’s so that members of the congregation can ask for departed friends and family to be remembered by name at this service.

Memorial Service Sunday 3rd November 6:30pm
On Sunday 3rd November we will invite the families of those who have died over the last twelve months and whose funerals we have conducted, to a Memorial Service in St Chad’s at 6:30pm. The names will be read out and family members will be invited to light a candle in memory of their loved one. Parishioners are most welcome to come along and remember those dear to them.

Remembrance Sunday 10th November
Remembrance Sunday will be marked by the usual Ecumenical Act of Remembrance and laying of wreaths at the War Memorial in the Market Place at 10:50am. This will be followed by the Civic Service in St Chad’s at 11:15am.

Please note that, to accommodate these arrangements, Parish Communion will revert to 9:30am for one Sunday only.

The two minutes silence will be observed at the beginning of the 11am service at St Hilda’s and at St Anne’s, Singleton the silence will incorporated within the Service, which begins at the later time of

German Visitors November 8th – 10th
Ralf and Sabine Ohainski will be making a brief visit to share in our Remembrance Sunday Services, following our visit to Flothe for their Act of Remembrance in 2018.
There will be a chance to meet up with Ralf and Sabine over a meal on the evening of Saturday 9th November. Please look out for further details and sign the list at the back of church.

United Service on Sunday 17th November 3pm
November sees the Feast Days of both St Martin de Porres and St Hilda of Whitby and to mark our patronal saints and to celebrate the Shared Anglican Roman Catholic Church, which carries their names, we shall hold a United Service on Sunday 17th November, 3:00pm, in the church. The service will be followed by refreshments. All are welcome.

Confirmation 2020
The Confirmation Service in 2020 will be on Sunday 26th April at 10am in St Chad’s. There will be an initial meeting for young people and their parents on Monday 11th November at 4pm in church.

Weekly Nurture Groups will begin in the New Year and there will be two Saturday workshops, details of which will be available in due course.

As in the past, our expectation is that from this point onwards, candidates will attend church regularly and begin reading through St Mark’s Gospel.

Advent Sunday 1st December
The new church year begins on 1st December Advent Sunday, from which date our Gospel readings will focus on the Gospel of Matthew.

That evening at 6:30pm we will hold our Advent Carol Service in St Chad’s with a series of words and music to provide an atmospheric beginning to the Advent season of preparation.

At St Hilda’s there will be an All Age Worship at 3pm, prior to the Service of Light at 4pm.

All Age Worship
On Sunday 3rd November All Age Worship will focus on All Saintstide. On Sunday 1st December at 10am, All Age Worship will take the form of Christingle, with all proceeds going to the Children’s Society and Christingles available for all.

December Sentinel
The deadline for copy to be at the Vicarage is Tuesday 19th November and the Sentinel will be available on Friday 29th November. It would be helpful if copy could be submitted by email to

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