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catch up on christmas

Two highlights of Christmas so far.  On Monday at St Gabriel’s we had, for the first time, the RSPCA Carol Service in Church and then at the Animal Centre.

As well as enjoying Christmas, with some very beautiful basset hounds inspecting the Crib, we were raising awareness of the RSPCA’s Leaps and Bounds Appeal for a new Animal Centre and Hospital.

Then, this morning, I travelled up the hill from St Bede’s to Monyhull Chapel for the Christmas Service with the Learning Disabilities Chaplaincy.  There have been strong links between St Bede’s and Monyhull, not least during the period after the fire when St Bede’s congregation worshipped with the folk with learning disabilities.  Since I have been Vicar, Rosemary and I have loved being a small part of the Chaplaincy Team, helping out when we are needed and sharing in services like today’s.  My Grandad was Head Porter in one of the old hospitals and it means a lot to me to have this link.  I learn as much about the nature of God and of love and community here as I do anywhere else.

I hope to post again over Christmas, although if I get lost in busyness, may I wish you all a Blessed Festival.

You are welcome to any of our services:

St Bede’s, Brandwood (B14 6NN)

Christmas Eve Children’s Carol Service 4pm; Midnight Eucharist 11.30pm; Christmas Morning Eucharist 11am.

St Gabriel’s, Weoley Castle (B29 5LT)

Christmas Eve Children’s Carol Service 2pm; Midnight Mass 11.30pm; Mass of Christmas Morning 9.30am.



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Yes, a busy time of year, Andy! God’s blessings to you this Christmas time.

Comment by The Solitary Walker

You too Robert. I’m fighting off my Christmas cold in time for tomorrow – and it’s all good

Comment by pilgrimpace

And the congregation wore Santa hats…Feliz Navidad amigo Andy. Hasta 2012.

Abrazos and all good wishes


Comment by Johnniewalker

and to you John. Hope we meet again in 2012.

… and Carol Services are about going with the flow!


Comment by pilgrimpace

May your Christmas be a wonderful one!

Comment by Watching Seasons

just back home from two wonderful and wonderfully chaotic childrens carol services. I hope your Christmas is wonderful too,


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