There are several traditions about the meaning or theme of each candle. The scheme that accords best with the Common Worship Principal Service Lectionary is:
Advent 1 The Patriarchs
Advent 2 The Prophets
Advent 3 John the Baptist
Advent 4 The Virgin Mary
Christmas Day The Christ
Each of the four Sundays then reminds us of those who prepared for the coming of Christ. ‘The Patriarchs’ can naturally focus on Abraham, our father in faith, and David, the ancestor in whose city Jesus was born. ‘The Prophets’ gives an opportunity to reflect on the way the birth of the Messiah was ‘foretold’. John, who proclaimed the Saviour, and Mary, who bore him in her womb, complete the picture.
Poppy Appeal - The amount collected was £427.16
Ellastone Church Heritage Fund
This fund is specially designated and any donations or legacies received can only be spent on Ellastone Church & Churchyard and cannot be used for any other purpose. It is ideal for those who support the church without perhaps attending services regularly to make their contribution. It enables restoration work that should be done (rather than has to be done) to be carried out – for example this year, overdue tree surgery on the ancient oak trees and restoration work on the Lych Gate. Thank you to all who have given.
Services - DECEMBER
7th – Holy Communion 9.15
14th - Carol Service 18.30
21st - Holy Communion 9.15
24th – Holy Communion 21.00
4th – Holy Communion 9.15
John, our local resident priest, is still unwell although slowly recovering. The exact date of his return to work is not known. We wish him a full and speedy recovery. Our thanks go to Brian Leathers and Ray Owen, the other Clergy in the Weaver Benefice (and one or two other people) for their willingness to shoulder additional workload. Apologies from the Churches if anyone is inconvenienced by a change in Church arrangements.
Clergy – contact details:
Vicar : The Revd Brian Leathers - 01538 702469
Minister based at Denstone : The Revd John Richardson - 01889 590266
Minister based at Mayfield : The Revd Ray Owen - 01335 347402
“Prayer can never be in excess.”
C. H. Spurgeon
Daily Prayers: This great website contains a Christian Prayer for the day for every month of the year – 365 daily prayers.
St Peter’s Church
The church in Ellastone is a beautiful grade 2* listed building with an interesting history and stands proudly in the centre of the village. In the spring the churchyard is a riot of colour from spring bulbs – snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils.
From April – September St Peter’s is open to all at weekends from 9.00 – 17.00 and is well worth a visit. The Church has a heritage exhibition and also the Calwich Chapel which has exhibits showing the links of the Church with the ancient Augustinian Priory of Calwich. Do pop in!
Revd. John Richardson : 01889 590266
Pam Shouksmith – Churchwarden : 324094
Come and join us!
You will always be sure of a warm welcome and a cup of coffee or tea after the service.
Bible Study and Fellowship Group A group of people from Ellastone and other parishes in the benefice meets about once a fortnight on Thursday evenings at Betty Fradley’s at 7.30 pm. We study passages from the Bible and their relevance to our lives and we enjoy each other’s company. All are welcome – contact Betty on 324291 for further details and dates.
Read about the roots of the Church of England HERE
Interesting website: Christian Concern for One World