Prayer Cycle for December

No. 132 December2023

This month our special focus is on the Christmas celebrations in all our Churches.

Please Pray for:

    • The keeping of the season of Advent in all our Churches
      • Christ Church Wokingham, 17th – 10.30am Morning service with Carols and Christmas lunch, 24th– 4pm all age Carol service, Christmas Day – 10.30 all age Christmas celebration
      • Church at the Green, Arborfield Community Centre, 17th – 4pm Christingle,25th – 10am Christmas celebration.
      • St Bartholomew’s, Arborfield, 17th – 10am Christingle, 7pm Carols by Candlelight.
      • St James’ Barkham, 3rd – 10am Christingle.
      • St John the Baptist, Crowthorne, 10th – 4.30pm Christingle, 17th – 9 Lessons and Carols. 24th – 3:30pm Crib Service, 11:30 – Midnight Mass, Christmas Day – 10am All-Together Eucharist. The Christmas Giving Tree to raise money for relief in Yemen.
      • Finchampstead, 10th 9:30 – ‘Christmessy’ Family Fun with arts and crafts, treasure hunt, and carols, St James Finchampstead, 17th – 9:30Carols, Crib, & Communion Service at St Eligius Arborfield Green, 24th – 11:30 Midnight Mass, St James, Christmas Day – 9:30 St Eligius Communion, 11:00 Communion with Carols, St James.
      • Owlsmoor, 3rd 4pm – Christingle Service, 17th – 6.30pm, Carol Service, 24th, 3pm & 4.30pm Nativity Services, 11:30 – Holy Communion, Christmas Day, 10am – All Age Celebration.
      • St Nicholas Hurst, 10th – 11am, Messy Christingle, 24th – 4pm, Crib Service,11:30pm Midnight Communion, Christmas Day, 11am Communion.
      • St Michaels Sandhurst, 17th – 3:30pm Christingle, 7pm Carol Service with hand bells, 24th – 3:30pm, Nativity Service, 7pm, Carol Service with hand bells, 11:30pm, Midnight Mass, Christmas Day, 8am Holy Communion, 9:30am, Parish Eucharist.
      • St Andrew’s Sonning, 10th – 3 – 4.30pm Messy Church Christmas Party in The Ark, Sunday 17th – 5pm, Traditional Nine Lessons and Carols, Sunday 24th – 4pm Crib Service, 11pm, Midnight Mass, Christmas Day – 10:30 Parish Eucharist.
      • St Mary’s Wargrave, 3rd  – 9.45am Christingle, St Mary’s, 10th  –  3pm St Mary’s Church Centre, sing-a-long Carols for under 5’s, 17th – 3pm Carol Service St Peter’s Knowl Hill, 6pm Carol Service St Mary’s Wargrave, 24th –  3pm Carol Service St Paul’s Warren Row, 4pm Crib Service, St Mary’s Wargrave,  6pm Family Carols St Mary’s Wargrave, 11.15pm Midnight Communion St Mary’s Wargrave, Christmas Day – 8am Holy Communion St Mary’s, Wargrave, 9.15am Village Praise St Peters Knowl Hill, 9.45am Parish Holy Communion St Mary’s Wargrave.
      • The Parish of Winnersh, 17th – 6.30pm ‘Carols by Candlelight’ at St Catherines, 24th – 3 pm ‘Crib Service’ at St Mary’s, 24th – 11.30pm ‘Midnight Mass’ at St Catherines, Monday 25th – 9.30 am ‘Christmas Day’ at St Marys. We have extended an invitation to the Hong Kong Community that use St Mary’s church for the Sunday Services
      • All Saints Wokingham, 3rd – 4pm Christingle, 10th – 5pm Family Carols, 17th – 11am Children’s Nativity, 24th – 8am Holy Communion, 11am and 3pm Crib Services, 6:30pm 9 Lessons and Carols, 11:15pm First Communion of Christmas, Christmas Day, 8:am Holy Communion, 9:30am All Age Parish Communion.
      • St Paul’s Wokingham, 17th – 6:15pm, 9 Lessons and Carols, 20th – 10am, Crib Service, 24th – 3pm & 5pm, Family Christingle Service, 11pm, Midnight Mass, Christmas Day  – 8am Holy Communion, 9:30 Parish Mass.
      • St Nicholas Embrook, 24th – 9pm, First Mass of Christmas,
    • Families who are struggling financially this Christmas.
    • The parishes in vacancy, Winnersh and Bearwood, Finchampstead and California, Ruscombe, Twyford and Hurst, Wokingham All Saints and for those preparing for a vacancy, and for all those taking on large roles at the moment as a result.
    • The many parts of the world where there is conflict and particularly at this time Israel/Palestine, Ukraine, Yemen and for all aid agencies and those trying to broker peace.


            Almighty God,
            give us grace to cast away the works of darkness,
            and to put on the armour of light,
            now in the time of this mortal life,
            in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility;
            that on the last day,
            when he shall come again in his glorious majesty
            to judge the living and the dead,
            we may rise to the life immortal;
            through him who is alive and reigns with you,
            in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
            one God, now and for ever. Amen.     

            Collect for Advent Sunday