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Christ Church Lille Newsletter 2 December 2022

Advent 2
Dear reader
Sunday 4 December is the second Sunday in Advent so we hope you can join us.
Have you created your star yet? See more on this page
And find out more about the Church of England Follow the Star activities: read on.
Sunday 4 December:
10:30 am: a service of Holy Communion
STOP PRESS Helpers are needed for the Christmas market on 11 December. Please contact churchoffice@christchurchlille.fr if you can help on one of the stalls (baked goods, gifts, mulled wine ...)

What's in this Newsletter

  • Children's activity sheet
  • Follow the star with an app, an Advent calendar, and online services to watch
  • Reminder about our Advent and Christmas services and events
  • Prayers for Ukraine and *NEW Prayer Vigil
  • Christmas generosity
  • Christmas party
Here's the link to this week's children's activity sheet: Ready for the Christ of Christmas

Follow the Star with Church of England resources

  • Get the app for daily reflections throughout Advent and the 12 days of Christmas
  • On the same page, you can join the family activities on the Advent Calendar
  • And still on the same page, find out how to watch a Christmas service online, if you can't be with us in person.
A service of Nine Lessons and Carols-2
Copy of Christmas Market Poster
2022Advent and Christmas

Prayers for Ukraine

In this season of Advent, we travel from darkness into light as we prepare to celebrate the coming of the Messiah.
Nowhere is the sense of the darkness and the yearning for the light more powerfully witnessed in our diocese, or in the world, than in Ukraine.
On Christmas Eve it will be exactly 9 months since the Russian invasion. The war is unrelenting and brutal with war crimes regularly uncovered.
For many hours each day much of the country is cast into darkness due to the power cuts and people scuttle between their homes and shelters as attacks continue. Our people in Ukraine continue to gather in person and online to pray. We are called to join them.
Advent Services You Tube Invite
Click the picture to go to the YouTube link. It will go live on 7 December.

Christmas Generosity

We appreciate your giving to Christ Church Lille, without which we couldn't exist. But particularly at this time of year, our thoughts turn to others so we want to tell you about some causes which need your support.
  • You can find out more about donating to Christ Church on this page
  • The Diocese in Europe and USPG have launched a joint appeal to help all those harmed by the war in Ukraine in and beyond Ukraine itself. Money will be channelled through our Churches and partner agencies both now and in the longer term.
If you can give please do so here: https://ukraine-emergency-appeal.raisely.com/
  • Bishop Robert's Advent Appeal this year is to help a school in Kenya; find out more here
  • The Maison d'Esther de Wattignies has reached its target; thank you for your donations.

Christmas party

The Working with Christ Group would like to invite people to a Christmas party in the church hall on Saturday 17th December from 7:30 pm to 9:45 pm (buffet, games, quiz, music...They need to know how many people to cater for, so please tell them if you want to come, and also if you can provide a contribution to the buffet.
Contact christmasparty@christchurchlille.fr
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