Pew Sheet for 20th Dec

United Benefice of St Bartholomew

Lower Cam with Coaley



December 20th

Fourth Sunday of Advent

9.15am Christmas Carols and Holy Communion (Co)

11.00am Christmas Carols and Holy Communion (LC)


December 22nd  

8.00pm Zoom Service of Compline


December 23rd        

10.00am Zoom Coffee Morning


December 27th    

First Sunday of Christmas

No Services


January 3rd

9.15am Epiphany Communion (Co)

11.00am Epiphany Communion (LC)

Revd. Bob Callaghan both Churches




Eternal God, as Mary waited for the birth of your Son, so we wait for his coming in glory; bring us through the birth pangs of this present age to see, with her, our great salvation in Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen.



Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer


In your prayers this week could you pray for our five overseas partner Dioceses especially today the Diocese of El Camino Real and for Churches Together, Church of the Holy Cross, Owlpen.


Post Communion

Heavenly Father, who chose the Blessed Virgin Mary to be the mother of the promised savior: fill us your servants with your grace, that in all things we may embrace your holy will and with her rejoice in your salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen.

First Reading – Isaiah 9 v1-7


1But there will be no gloom for those who were in anguish.  In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he will make glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.  2The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness—on them light has shined.  3You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder.
4For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian.  5For all the boots of the tramping warriors and all the garments rolled in blood
shall be burned as fuel for the fire.  6For a child has been born for us, a son given to us;
authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  7His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom.  He will establish and uphold it
with justice and with righteousness from this time onward and forevermore.  The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.


Second Reading – Matthew 1 v18-25

18Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way.  When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.  19Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly.  20But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.  21She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”  22All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: 23“Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.”  24When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, 25but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus.

Gospel Reading – Luke 2 v4-20


4Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David.  5He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child.  6While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child.  7And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.  8In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.  9Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  10But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: 11to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.  12This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.”  13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying,

14“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favours!”

15When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.”  16So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger.  17When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; 18and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them.  19But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.  20The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.



Unfortunately there will be no Christmas lunch at the Dursley Methodist Church on 25th and 26th December. This year Churches Together are working with GL11 to provide a free Christmas lunch which will be delivered to you on Christmas Morning. If you would like to have one of these lunches or you would like to help GL11 deliver them please can you contact Rev Peter  07795 206590 or GL11 548530, with any dietary requirements. If you prefer to put your own name on the list there is also an online list

Message from Revd Sue

I would like to thank everyone for their kind thoughts, beautiful gifts and prayers. I feel overwhelmed by your generosity and love.

With love and prayers Sue 


Magazine Dedication

The Magazine Editorial Committee would like to offer the chance to dedicate the colour front page of the Church Magazine to a loved-one.  The cost of this is £20 and please contact Gill for a choice of covers.


Christmas hearts & Christmas bird seed in the porch in Coaley. Donations for church funds


Church Services for December


20th December 9.15am – Advent 4 Carols and Holy Communion

25th December 9.15am Christmas Morning Family Holy Communion


Lower Cam

20th December 11.00am – Advent 4 Carols and Holy Communion with zoom

24th December 11.30pm – Midnight Christmas Mass

The joint service on 27th December has been cancelled

Churches Together   

The foodbank is looking for cash donations as well as food donations for Christmas. These may be given in the 2nd collection plate at the back of St Barts, Lower Cam for onward transmission“.  FoodBank Contributions can be delivered to Tesco in Cam and to Sainsburys in Dursley.   

Friends @ Christmas. All the "guests" will receive Christmas gifts (as is usual).


Virtual Christmas Tree Festival
Please take a photo of your Christmas Tree and send to Gill Holmes
It will go on church website. Add with or without name or something about the tree
Send names and messages for the remembrance tree to same email address and they will hang on a tree outside church.


The Nativity figures will all come together at St James on 21st, 22nd and 23rd December but unfortunately the Pop up Café on the 21st will not be taking place due to the increased level of risk.


Revd. Peter Fewings can be contacted on 07795206590 or