You will notice a change to the Christmas Eve Service this year, since there will be no Midnight Service on the 24th December this year, which is being replaced by a Carols Around The Tree at 4.30pm on the 24th. Attendance at the 11.30pm service had declined in recent years, and the Communion Service held last year as an experiment was not well-supported, therefore it seemed to be time to freshen things up. We hope the new time and arrangement will prove more popular: please support it!

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As some of you will be aware, we commenced a series of monthly prayer meetings in September. This is not an exclusive grouping, and anyone may join in: indeed there were half a dozen who came together for the first meeting. We are using the new vestibule room at the moment, but will move to a larger room if necessary. The intention is to meet on the third Wednesday of every month, between 7pm and 8pm.

In September we prayed for World needs, including the Middle East, the Ukraine and those caught up in the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. We also prayed for our Church, for those in need here, as well as our needs as a Church community.

We prayed for our local schools at Hollybrook, both of which have been waiting for Ofsted inspections, with all the stresses and strains that this fraught process brings.

Please join us if you can or set aside some time at home to prayer for us at home, if you cannot do so. The October meeting date is 15th October.

Chris Noyce

This month the Community Fellowship were fortunate to be visited by Jessica Riley from Canine Partners, assisted by her golden Labrador Theo (Theo means "Gift from God"). Canine Partners, founded in 1990 and whose patron is the Duke of Gloucester, trains assistance dogs to transform the lives of people with disabilities.

Jessica commenced What if every movement gave you pain? It certainly made us realise just how wonderful it is that we have the freedom to move about without the use of an expensive wheelchair and a canine partner. Jessica showed us examples of young people who do require the invaluable assistance of a canine partner.