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Nicholas of Myra is, among other patronages, regarded as a patron of pawnbrokers, which again sparks prayer for all who are struggling to afford this Christmas. He is also a patron of sailors: pray for all who sail the seas and so enable the commerce on which our island nation depends. Pray for crews badly treated and poorly rewarded - as some are - for what is an arduous and at times dangerous work.

Pray for those administer the many small local charities within our communities that provide help for the elderly and housebound, or for young people at college or doing apprenticeships. Pray too for good neighbour and community car schemes etc, offering voluntary help to those who need it.

Tuesday is World Soil Day, which seeks to the importance of healthy soil, and the reality of soil degradation, which in turn can lead to “hidden hunger” - a lack of essential micronutrients in our diet. This affects some two billion people worldwide. Pray for the sustainable management of soil resources, and the recovery of degraded soils.

This is Grief Awareness Week, with the aim of helping to normalise the grieving process and to help people to know what to say and do to help those who are bereaved. Pray for all who are going through a process of grieving, for those who get somehow stuck, and that we may get better both at sharing stories and experiences of grief and at hearing them. Pray for all living with disabilities of various kinds, for their full inclusion into society, and for the world to be made a more accessible and equitable place.

Pray for church organists, for churches struggling to find organists and other musicians, and for the Diocese of Hereford Organist Training Scheme. Pray more may learn this instrument. Pray too for church choirs and other musicians as they prepare Christmas music.

Pray for Advent course, events and activities in our churches, and that this season may be valued and used as a time of preparation and penitence.


Little Hereford:
Christmas Concert Sat. 9th December, 7.30pm, parish hall.

The Local Ministry Group will be reading Mark’s Gospel:
In Tabs tea rooms on Thursday 14th December, starting at 2.00pm. All are welcome to join us either just to listen or to join in and read with us. This is a special Advent event to mark the beginning of the new church year.

Festival of Christmas, 9th & 10th December, 10am-4pm. Decorated trees, silent auction, crafts, bric-a-brac, mulled wine and other refreshments.

Christmas Fayre, Sat.9th December, 2-4pm. Decorations, mulled wine, raffle, guess the weight of the cake. Special visit from Santa!

Nash & Boraston:
Christmas Coffee Morning, Saturday.2nd December, 10.30am - 12.30pm, Boraston Church.

Christmas Hamper Draw & Coffee Morning on Tuesday 5th December, 10.30 - 12noon, At the Memorial Hall.