Hazelwell Church

Hazelwell Contact 20th December 2020

18 Dec 2020 • Weekly Notices

Hazelwell Weekly Contact 20th December 2020

Hazelwell Weekly Contact 20th December 2020

Rev Dr Vincent Jambawo from Selly Oak Methodist Church

will lead this week’s service in church at 10.00am

Prayers are requested for

Those currently involved in trying to achieve a Brexit deal to satisfy all parties involved.

Moira and her family

All those responsible for coordinating and delivering Covid vaccinations

Parish update

Sadly Revd. Bob Gleeson passed away last Friday having been ill for many years. He will be fondly remembered for the services which he led at Hazelwell, many from his wheelchair our thoughts and prayers are with Kate and the family.

A total of 24 people joined us in church and on Zoom last Sunday and the transition to the new technology proved to be a good learning opportunity and was relatively problem free.

The arch Deacon Revd Canon Jenny Tomlinson has offered to take a communion service on Christmas day.

Christmas Service Plan

This Sunday 20th Dec: *10.00am Morning worship 

led in church by Rev Dr Vincent Jambawo from Selly Oak Methodist Church

you are invited to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Time: Dec 20, 2020 10:00 AM .

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83474429742?pwd=Ykt0VkJjYnJOY1U0dXJ5QUx1M1lWdz09

Meeting ID: 834 7442 9742

Passcode: 371183

*4.00pm Zoom Carol Service 

Led on line by Jim and Erica Price

You are invited to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Carol Service

Time: Dec 20, 2020 04:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88235074967?pwd=a1VRcW94YzlGR0hqYmQwdlJFdHlQdz09

Meeting ID: 882 3507 4967

Passcode: 859729

Christmas Morning Communion Service *10.00am Communion Service

led in churchby Archdeacon Revd. Canon Jenny Tomlinson also broadcast on Zoom

you are invited to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Christmas Day Worship

Time: Dec 25, 2020 10:00 AM London


Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84274982137?pwd=RWhtSGlvN0F1UEJtNlVJUTlCMHgxUT09

Meeting ID: 842 7498 2137

Passcode: 942871

Sunday 27th December -There will be no service in church but Sunday morning worship will be on Zoom at 10.00am led by Janet Thomas

you are invited to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Time: Dec 27, 2020 10:00 AM .

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83474429742?pwd=Ykt0VkJjYnJOY1U0dXJ5QUx1M1lWdz09

Meeting ID: 834 7442 9742

Passcode: 371183

Food bank

We have been asked to support the following appeal for food for local needy families.

Fred Rattley (known to Hazelwell) is involved in setting up this initiative.

A reflection for the fourth Sunday of Advent

( from “This Church” website)

At this time of year present-giving looms large in many people’s minds. It is a mine-field—to give a gift or not ? Whether to give a small, token gift, and get caught out when your friend/relative is much more generous ? What sort of present to give? These thoughts can paralyse the shopper as they stare across a huge department store. What can I give ?

Now I love buying presents. The pleasure of thinking about a loved one, and what they would like, anticipating their pleasure in receiving it, the pleasure of wrapping presents, listening to carols, makes me very happy. But what transforms the process of giving presents to family and friends you know and love very well is the certainty you have. The knowledge that you know what they want and that they will want what you have to give. It is this certainty which rings through Mary’s words on hearing the Angel Gabriel’s prediction.

The news that God demands something very important from you is not easy to receive! Mary, not unnaturally, at first questions the angel, “How can this extraordinary thing happen ?” On being told that nothing is impossible to God, she accepts and gives herself entirely and humbly to God. Yet in that self-giving there is utter certainty in being accepted and wanted by God.

I think many of us feel, in our secret hearts, that God can’t possibly accept anyone as flawed as us. And so we hold back from God, perhaps trying to deceive Him and ourselves about what we truly are or do. Mary’s words can inspire us to offer ourselves to God anew. Perhaps like her, we can find a new certainty that God wants us just as we are, that He knows and loves us just as we are. The only thing God wants for Christmas is you! The Reverend Dr Joan Crossley.