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This Week:
As Advent begins, pray for our keeping of this season, as a time of preparation and prayer. This Sunday would also be kept as a day of intercession and thanksgiving for the missionary work of the Church – pray for our mission agencies and societies, and for the work of mission both from and into our land.

St Andrew’s Day on Monday prompts prayer for the churches and the people of Scotland. Andrew is also the national saint of Russia.

Francis Xavier, whose day is Thursday, was one of the greatest of Catholic missionaries and a cofounder of the Society of Jesus. Pray for the work of the Jesuits today and for our Roman Catholic brothers and sisters.

Decembeard encourages sponsored beard growing across the UK but with the good aim of promoting awareness of bowel cancer. Pray we may continue to improve testing so that we can also improve recovery rates.

December 2nd is the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. Slavery still affects immense numbers of people in the modern world, albeit in hidden and subversive forms – pray for all who are abused or imprisoned in this way.

National Grief Awareness Week begins this week, and this year may focus our attention on those who have lost loved ones to the Covid virus, and on the many whose ability to travel through the grieving process has been hampered or halted by the restrictions imposed by the present pandemic

World Soil Day falls on Saturday. In many parts of our world, and here at home, soil is becoming depleted. Pray for the sustainable management of our soil resources,so that soil remains vital and biodiverse

HWS Homeless Winter Appeal to knitters
HWS urgently needs knitted hats, scarves, gloves and socks – FOR ADULTS ONLY PLEASE. These are for people in Worcester, who are homeless (those who find themselves homeless in Tenbury will frequently end up in Worcester). HWS is co-run by Becca Tisdale – a Tenbury girl who is working hard to keep the homeless warm and fed. All knitted items can be left outside the office at St Marys or in the church but please clearly mark them for HWS APPEAL. Many thanks to all knitters – in anticipation.
Revd Sian

Online Advent Calendar:
Please follow this link for an Online Advent Calendar that is full of paintings, reflections, readings. I will post a link to each days selction on Tenbury Team Ministry Online or, you can follow the calendar through this link......

‘Last Chance Comfort & Joy’:
Available as a booklet, 80p. Beginning on Christmas Day and ending on 2 January, each day explores a Bible reading and a familiar carol, encouraging us to look with fresh eyes at how the timeless truth of Christmas might shape our lives in these extraordinary times. If you would like a copy please contact the office or Rev Sian.

If anyone is looking for lockdown resources for prayer, building your faith, for children at home, faith based help and guidance for your well-being and small ‘reaching out to others’ postable gifts, is worth having a look at.

RSCM are offering a hymn sing-along daily and on Sundays – a short act of Worship. Please click Here....