20 November 2020
Christ Church Lille Newsletter
Dear [subscriber:firstname | default:reader]
This Sunday is the Sunday next before Advent. In the Anglican tradition, it's also called "Stir-up Sunday" because in the Book of Common Prayer the Collect for that day begins this way: "Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people".
In true folklore tradition, this coincided with the day when families made their Christmas puddings, which need time to mature.
Traditionally, families gather together in the kitchen of their homes to mix Christmas pudding on Stir-up Sunday. Everyone takes a turn to stir the pudding mix and makes a special wish for the year ahead. By tradition the pudding mixture is stirred from East to West in honour of the three wise men who visited the baby Jesus.
If you don't make Christmas puddings in your family, you can still enjoy one this Christmas, along with Christmas cake and mince pies (that's another culinary story!) by ordering from our online Christmas market, which is now live. See the link below!
The building is closed, but the church is not.
What's in this week's newsletter:
- Video services for 22 November
- Christmas market
- Advent
- Our Christmas services
- Support for our ministry and mission
You can join us in a video service for this Sunday, but the building is closed, sorry.

Sunday morning service

Available by a link on the homepage of the website from Saturday evening

Mosaic Sunday evening sermon series

Available on the Mosaic page from Saturday evening for you to watch.

Or you can go directly to our YouTube channel

Christmas market

Our Christmas market pre-order page is now live.
You can order gift boxes and Christmas cakes, puddings and mince pies for collection - full details on this page
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Advent

Sunday 29 November is the first Sunday in Advent.
We are sharing with you the Bishop's Christmas message
and also the Bishop's Advent Appeal, please take a look and see if you can help.

Our Christmas services

We are sure you will understand that we can't give you final details of Christmas services, not until we know more about health precautions and government restrictions.
But
We are delighted to tell you that the annual service of Nine Lessons and Carols on 13 December won't be restricted to the limited numbers who might be able to attend the church if it is allowed. The whole service of readings and carols will be available on video for you to watch - and to share, too.
The amazing CCL Nativity Play on 6 December will also be available for everyone to enjoy.
Watch out for details nearer the time, together with information about other services. We'll publish our usual list once we know all the details.
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Giving

Thank you to everyone who gives to sustain the life, mission and ministry of this church. Your gifts are very much welcomed.
And indeed, without your gifts, we cannot carry on - don't forget that the church is entirely self-funded.
Full details of all the ways to give are on our Giving page. (you can use the QR code for fast access to the page) Thank you!
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