Pew Sheet: Advent 2: Dec 5th

United Benefice of St Bartholomew

Lower Cam with Coaley











December 5th Second Sunday of Advent

9.30am Advent Communion (Co)

11.00am Baptism of Callie Harvey-Stevens (Co)

Revd. Ian Robb

11.00am Advent Communion (LC)

4.00pm Christingle Service (LC)

Revd. Peter Fewings


December 7th      

  9.30am Morning Prayer (LC)

2.30pm PCC Meeting (LC)


December 8th       

 10.00am Holy Communion (LC)

8.00pm Zoom Service of Compline


December 12th Third Sunday of Advent

9.30am Advent Communion (Co)

11.00am Advent Communion (LC)

Revd. Bob Callaghan

3.00pm Words and Music (Co)



Almighty God, purify our hearts and minds, that when your Son Jesus Christ comes again as judge and savior we may be ready to receive him, who is our Lord and our God.   Amen.



Holy God:

we want to know you better.


In your prayers this week could you pray for our five overseas partner Dioceses especially today the Diocese of Vasteras and for Churches Together, Dursley Methodist.


Post Communion

Father in heaven, who sent your Son to redeem the world and will send him again to be our judge: give us grace so to imitate him in the humility and purity of his first coming that, when he comes again, we may be ready to greet him
with joyful love and firm faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen.


First Reading – Malachi 3 v1-4

1 See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple.  The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight—indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts.  But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears?  For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap; he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings to the Lord in righteousness.  Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years.

Second Reading – Philippians 1 v3-11


I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now.  I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.  It is right for me to think this way about all of you, because you hold me in your heart, for all of you share in God’s grace with me, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel.  For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the compassion of Christ Jesus.  And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight 10 to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, 11 having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.

Gospel Reading – Luke 3 v1-6

1 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness.  He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah, “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.  Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’”

Vacancy Prayer


Heavenly Father, during this vacancy,
guard and grow this Benefice as we serve you together and especially as we commence our benefice profile.

Lord Jesus, we know that you have plans for us
and that these plans are good.
We ask now that you will help us to share responsibility, grow in faith, love one another, care for those in need, reach out to others, and welcome newcomers.

Holy Spirit, please guide all who are seeking the right person for us, and those who are seeking the right place for their ministry, that together we may discover your way for the future and see your kingdom grow.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


December 5th – 2.00pm to 4.30pm – Christmas Bazaar in Coaley Village Hall (Co)


December 5th – 4.00pm – Christingle Service in Lower Cam Church, everyone welcome, please wear masks (LC)


December 5th – 5.00pm - Taize Service at St. Marks Church, Woodmancote, a quiet candlelit service of reflection, everyone very welcome


December 7th – 2.30pm – PCC Meeting in Lower Cam Church (LC)


December 9th – 4.30pm-5.00pm -Carol's outside Tesco - We need a few more volunteers (from Cam or Coaley) to sing some carols for 30 minutes. Please let Peter know if you can join in or just turn up.


December 12th – 3.00pm – Words and Music for a Winter Afternoon in Coaley Church (Co)


December 14th – 2.00pm – Mothers Union Meeting in Lower Cam Church (LC)


December 17th to 19th – Festival of Trees and Cribs in Lower Cam Church (LC)


December 19th – 4.00pm - Carol Service in Coaley Church (Co)


December 19th – 4.00pm - Carols by Candlelight in Lower Cam Church, please wear masks (LC)


December 23rd – 10.30am – Coffee, cake and company in Lower Cam Church with carols and humorous entertainment from Claire Greenwood, All welcome (LC)


If you have any of the following items which could be loaned for Words & Music on 12th December, please speak to Gill Holmes. Mouth organ, copy of Old Moore's Almanack (any year), penknife, item for removing stones from a horse's hoof, joke book.  Thank you.


‘Art with Heart’ is back on at Lower Cam (in the Church) on Fridays at 9.30am - 11.30am (LC)


If anybody would like to sponsor the colour front cover of the Church Magazine, please contact Gill or Barbara.  Many thanks.