Parish of Neston

Sunday 12th December

Christmas sparkle

Good morning


We are open for public worship tomorrow

  • at St Mary & St Helen’s @ 8.00 and 10.45

  • at St Thomas’s at 9.30.

  • Kids’ Club is at 9.30 at St Michael’s

  • And Christingle is at St Mary & St Helen’s Church @ 16.00 (booking required – see attached P&A)



  • It is now still mandatory to wear a face covering during services (unless you have an exemption or leading the services).

  • Please follow the directions of those leading the service, the church wardens etc. to enter church, to be seated, to receive communion and to leave etc.

  • There will normally be no need to book a place in advance (except for the Christingle service) but please arrive in good time to help prepare for worship in these different circumstances.

  • We plan to stream the 10.45 service from St Mary & St Helen’s Church live.

  • There will be a midweek Holy Communion service in St Mary & St Helen’s Church on Wednesdays at 1.30pm.

  • Our church buildings are closed unless services are being held in them.


Prayer & Action


I attach this week’s P&A for information. It includes details of the Neston & District Churches Together online carol service on Sunday at 18.30hrs, and Carols on the Doorstep on 20th December.


It includes details on how to book for some of the services over Christmas.


If you have any questions or observations, please contact a member of the Ministry Team or Richard Lewis at


Thank you for bearing with us at this time and your understanding is much appreciated.



Other ways to Worship


Parish of Neston  


The  streamed service this week is on Sunday at 10.45 hrs.



Message from the Vicar, Alan

I find the quickest way to find the live streamed service is by searching ‘ YouTube Neston Parish ' then the date i.e.. '13th’' (for this Sunday) in my browser. In the list of videos that come up the current one should show. Sometimes the new stream doesn’t immediately show up in the YouTube Parish of Neston channel. However, if you prefer to just click a link all the videos are available from this link


The current service will appear here, but this does seem to take a little time.


Radio / TV


Sunday Worship on BBC1 at 11.30hrs is a service for the third Sunday in Advent from Royal Holloway, University of London led by Fr John Dickson.


Songs of Praise is broadcast on BBC1 at 13.15hrs covering a Norfolk Christmas.


Sunday morning service tomorrow on BBC Radio4 at 8.10hrs, is for Cities of Promise – a place in the heart – from Belfast.


The daily service is still broadcast on BBC Radio4 Long Wave at 9.45hrs each week day


Choral Evensong is broadcast on BBC Radio3 at 15.30 hrs on Wednesdays (repeated on the following Sunday Afternoon at 15.00hrs). This Wednesday it is a live broadcast from Herford Cathedral.


Online worship etc.


Worship from Chester Cathedral, including Eucharist @ 10.00 hrs on 13th December, plus evensong (on YouTube from 17.30 hrs) during the week:


Sunday worship from the Church of England – a Christingle Service – from the Children’s Society - on Sunday from 9.00 hrs:




·         Our parish prayer group will meet next week on 18th December. It meets on zoom for Evening Prayer on Fridays at 5pm. We welcome new ‘Zoomers’. Just click on this link and wait for the host to let you in:  Meeting ID: 884 8818 4705 Password: neston

·         Daily Hope is the service launched by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Archbishop intends that it will continue for the foreseeable future. In particular, please draw it to the attention of people who don’t have online facilities. This is a FREE national phone line as a simple new way to bring worship and prayer into people’s homes while church buildings are closed because of coronavirus, particularly if people don’t have internet access. The telephone number is 0800 804 8044.





Stay safe



Something for the Children

Hi Everyone!

First, just to let you know so you can publicise this if you want - it is also being featured on BBC 1 NorthWest begins at 6.30pm. The web page Neston Council has produced is lovely - lots of information too.

Great that we can communicate in this way as a community, local groups and churches.

Click on the Link : 


Church arrangements for December and Christmas.

Our churches will be open from 2nd December, so the Kidz Sunday Club sessions have been arranged as follows:

Sunday, 13th December 2020  St Michael's 9.30am. 

This is our only Kidz Club session in December. 

The next session at St Michael's is on January 10th 2021


Sunday, 13th December at St Mary & St Helen  Christingle Service at 4.00pm.  A safe seating plan needs to prepared for this event, so you will need to book for your family. If you would like to come  please phone or email John and Haidee Proud to book seats. Before Tuesday, 8th Decembe r please.
John and Haidee Proud 336 5175


Thursday 24th December  Christmas Eve Crib service to be streamed this year on YouTube at 4.00pm.

The link will be published in P&A shortly.

The other services taking place are in the December calendar published in P&A this week which I've sent as an attachment.


  Hope those who have them will enjoy opening their Advent Calendars as we look forward to celebration of the coming of Jesus as a little baby, and listen again to the song of the Angels: "Peace on earth and goodwill to all people"  


Every blessing


Hello Everyone! This is the last week before Advent begins when we think of Jesus as the King of the Kingdom of Heaven. It's sometimes called the Kingdom of Love, as those who belong to this Kingdom can be recognised because they treat other people with loving kindness. Jesus told the parable of the sheep and goats to show the difference between people who really care for others and those who don't. The most challenging aspect of this parable for us is that Jesus tells us that whatever we do for others, because he is with them, we do it for him.

Here is the link for the song today:

He's got the whole world in his hands. Hope you and the children are all well and haven't had to miss any more school lessons! We are hopeful that our Church will be open again after we come out of lockdown. I'll let you know. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the very special story today - it's one of my favourites. Lynne x

Christmas Sparkle


Please find information on this link for plans for Parkgate & Neston United Reformed Church.


Please find information on this link for plans for Christ Church Willaston.