Events in 2016

 

 

Christingle Service 18th December 2016

After our Fourth Sunday in Advent reading and the lighting of the final red candle on the Advent wreath, the congregation were accompanied by the piano and violin for the introit Long Ago, Prophets Knew. 

Debbie led the lovely service, and as everyone enjoyed making their own Christingle, they were reminded of the symbolism of the different components:

  • The orange is round like the world
  • The candle provides the light that shines in the darkness
  • The red ribbon goes all around the 'world' and is a symbol of the blood Jesus shed when he died for us
  • The four sticks point in all directions and symbolise the four seasons and the four directions of the compass
  • The fruit and sweets represent the fruits of the earth.

The candles were lit for the singing of the Christingle Carol and the service concluded with the hymn 'Come and Join the Celebration'. 

Candlelight Carol Service 11th December 2016 - 6:00pm

This is always a special service when traditional carols are shared in candlelight. Through the Bible readings, prayers and the comedy sketch, we were reminded of the true meaning of Christmas. 

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

 

Nativity and Toy Service 11th December 2016 - 10:30am

Everyone enjoyed the Nativity presented by the Junior Church during the morning service on the 11th December. The angels certainly did move faster than rockets up and down the aisles and they were almost breathless by the time they reached the stable! Traditional carols, modern Christmas songs and the full participation of the congregation ('Amazing! Wow!') really brought our larger Church family together for a truly memorable experience. Well done to everyone who took part. 

The morning Service of 11th December was also our Toy Service.Thank you for all the lovely gifts which will be distributed to less fortunate children over Christmas by the charity Barnardo's. We wish blessings to those who distribute the gifts, and much love and joy to the children who receive them. 

             

 

Pudsey Churches Together Carol Service 'Advent Praise' took place on the afternoon of 3rd December  at the Baptist Church in Pudsey. Readings and prayers were led by members of the different churches and everyone enjoyed singing well known carols together. The afternoon closed with the sharing of seasonal refreshments.

The Bible readings were as follows:

Isaiah 9 vv  2, 6 - 7

Isaiah 35 vv 1 - 6

Isaiah 40 vv 1 - 8

Jeremiah 23 vv 5 - 6

Zechariah 9 vv 9 -10

Haggai 2 vv 6-9

Luke 1 vv 26 -35 and 38

                                                                  

Remembrance Sunday 13th November 2016
Remembrance Sunday 2015
 
At the All age Service, led by Mr Philip Maude, we considered the Battle of The Somme, which took place exactly 100 years ago. We thought about the realities of trench warfare, and the huge weight that soldiers 'going over the top' were required to carry. The younger members of the congregation placed a poppy in the sanctuary to remember the lives lost across the years. After the two minutes silence, Audrey read the poignant words of  John Mc Crae's poem, 'In Flanders Fields'. 
 
 
Each year, St. Andrew's supports the Operation Christmas Child project and many members of the congregation have once again filled shoe boxes with gifts and useful items for needy children around the world.  At the Sunday service on 6th November, the shoe boxes (81 in total) were displayed in the windows. We are grateful to all who contributed, either by donating items, filling boxes or helping with the transport costs. The boxes started their journey on 9th November.

 

On the evening of Sunday 9th October, we were pleased to welcome Paul Jones (from Manfred Mann) and his wife, Fiona Hendley, for an evening of testimony and song.They shared their personal journeys and after a quick rendition of 'Do Wah Diddy Diddy', accompanied by the harmonica and with almost full audience participation, they shared their own moving and inspiring songs. The evening closed with refreshments and the chance to meet both Paul and fiona personally. It was a most enjoyable and memorable evening. We are very grateful to Paul and Fiona for sharing with us. 

 

Following the theme of Work and Play, the Church windows were creatively decorated by many enthusiastic helpers on Saturday morning in preparaion for the Harvest Festival on Sunday 9th October. Peter Mawson led the All Age Service, including the whole congregation through drama, three mini interactive sermons and the sharing of chocolate! The congregation sang heartily to old favourites such as 'Come ye thankful people come' and 'For the fruits of his creation'. The harvest gifts of tinned and dried foods were donated to St. George's Crypt in Leeds. 

 
 
 
 
 

Many people enjoyed our annual October Fayre on Saturday 1st October.

There was a range of stalls including books, Brick a Brac, New and Pre-loved baby/children's clothes, lucky dip, toys, jigsaws and handmade greeting cards. 
Light lunches and refreshments were greatly appreciated.

Many thanks to all who contributed to a very successful day.

 

St. Andrew's enjoyed a Songs of Praise Service, led by Debbie,  on Sunday 31st July. Members of the congregation shared their own story behind their favourite hymn.

After an inspiring start with the Songs of Praise theme tune, in total fourteen hymns were enthusiastically sung, some accompanied by the organ and others accompanied by CD.

It was a really special occasion and one which will be remembered fondly. Many thanks to Debbie and all who contributed. 

Hymns from the Service:

O Give Thanks to the Lord

Praise my Soul the King of Heaven

Sweet is Thy Work

Summer Suns are Glowing

You Shall Go Out With Joy

It Passeth Knowledge

Help Us. O Lord, to Learn

Fight the Good Fight

What a Friend we have in Jesus

All Hail the Power of Jesu's Name

From Heaven You Came

Lord, the Light of Your Love

Be Still for the Presence of the Lord

And Can it Be