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December

Wednesday 1st December 202110:30Knit and Natter - St Philip's
Just turn up. Come along and have a good natter, and find out what the latest knitting project is - making stars for Christmas. All are welcome. Drinks and cakes provided.
21:00Compline
This short service of evening prayer is streamed live on the Benefice Facebook page.
Thursday 2nd December 202109:30Morning Prayer via Zoom
15:30Outdoor Forest Worship - Hindsford School
Please pray for this our very first Outdoor Worship. Should you wish to join us please just let Rev Tracy know. Term-time only.
18:00Atherton Nativity Parade - St John's
This will start in the main car park and finish in the parish church.
Friday 3rd December 202110:00Coffee Morning - St John's
This is held in St Anne's Hall, behind the church.
11:00Zoom Coffee Morning
As we are not able to meet in person this is an online equivalent event. Please join us, for a friendly and relaxed chat over a drink of tea or coffee and a cake! Please e-mail Cath Baines or Rev Tracy for an invitation and instructions on how to join in. (cath.baines@hotmail.co.uk)
Saturday 4th December 202115:00Wedding - St Michael's
19:30Wigan Band and Choir Concert - St John's
Arranged by the Atherton Business Partnership. Pay on the door.
Sunday 5th December 2021 TOY SUNDAY
At all our services today there will be a collection of donated new toys. The Salvation Army are distributing toys in our community. Donations of unwrapped new toys are requested.
09:00Eucharist - St Michael's
A live service at St Michael's. Safeguiding guidelines will be in place.
09:00Sunday School - St Philip's
Sunday School is restarting for School Age Children! St Philip's Sunday School - 1st & 3rd Sunday each month -Except for September when Sunday School will be 5th, 12th, 19th. Those attending Sunday School will be creating our Nativity Scene for outside. Therefore, they need to wear OLD clothing as the paint may stain.  We are in need of more leaders to join our children's teams. If you feel you are able to help please have a word with a warden.
09:00Eucharist - St Philip's
There will be a Christmas Tombola after the service.. No need to book at the moment. (To maintain social distancing there is a need to book ahead to avoid disappointment. You can book for the Sunday Service by calling 07761 133042 on a Thursday or Friday evening between 7:00pm to 9:00pm. You will not be able to leave a message or call at other times. You will be asked for your name, number of seats and contact number.)
11:00Eucharist - St John's
A live service at St John's. Safety guidelines will be in place.
11:00Eucharist - St George's
A live service at St George's. Safety guidelines will be followed.
Monday 6th December 202110:00Craft Group - St John's
The group will be meeting in St Anne’s Hall at the back of the church. All welcome to join in.
Tuesday 7th December 202110:00Coffee Morning - St George's
Toddler Sessions will restart at a later date.
13:00St George's Christmas Lunch - The Royal
18:30Clergy Surgery - St John's
This is for booking Baptisms and Weddings in all the churches in the Benefice. It will take place in the Vestry at St John’s Church.
19:30St George's DCC via Zoom
Wednesday 8th December 202115:15Opening of Church to Wander under the Stars - St Philip's
Everyone is welcome to come and wander among the stars.
21:00Compline
This short service of evening prayer is streamed live on the Benefice Facebook page.
Thursday 9th December 202109:30Morning Prayer via Zoom
15:30Outdoor Forest Worship - Hindsford School
Please pray for this our very first Outdoor Worship. Should you wish to join us please just let Rev Tracy know. Term-time only.
19:00Astley Youth Band Concert - St John's
Tickets are £5.00, which includes refreshments, and can be purchased from Sharon Hardman on 01942 887413 or e-mail sharon.hardman5579@hotmail.com or pay on the door. Please support if you are able as this is a fundraiser for church and is a fantastic night!
Friday 10th December 202110:00Coffee Morning - St John's
This is held in St Anne's Hall, behind the church. Today's coffee morning will be held in aid of Crisis at Christmas.
11:00Zoom Coffee Morning
As we are not able to meet in person this is an online equivalent event. Please join us, for a friendly and relaxed chat over a drink of tea or coffee and a cake! Please e-mail Cath Baines or Rev Tracy for an invitation and instructions on how to join in. (cath.baines@hotmail.co.uk)
Saturday 11th December 202111:00Atherton Christmas Market - Market Street
Sunday 12th December 202109:00Eucharist - St Michael's
A live service at St Michael's. Safeguiding guidelines will be in place.
09:00Eucharist - St Philip's
There will be a Christmas Tombola after the service.. No need to book at the moment. (To maintain social distancing there is a need to book ahead to avoid disappointment. You can book for the Sunday Service by calling 07761 133042 on a Thursday or Friday evening between 7:00pm to 9:00pm. You will not be able to leave a message or call at other times. You will be asked for your name, number of seats and contact number.)
11:00Eucharist - St John's
A live service at St John's. Safety guidelines will be in place.
11:00Eucharist - St George's
A live service at St George's. Safety guidelines will be followed.
Monday 13th December 202115:15Opening of Church to Wander under the Stars - St Philip's
Everyone is welcome to come and wander among the stars on
Tuesday 14th December 202110:00Coffee Morning - St George's
Toddler Sessions will restart at a later date.
18:30Clergy Surgery - St John's
This is for booking Baptisms and Weddings in all the churches in the Benefice. It will take place in the Vestry at St John’s Church.
Wednesday 15th December 202119:00Opening of Church to Wander under the Stars
Everyone is welcome to come and wander among the stars.
21:00Compline
This short service of evening prayer is streamed live on the Benefice Facebook page.
Thursday 16th December 202115:30Outdoor Forest Worship - Hindsford School
Please pray for this our very first Outdoor Worship. Should you wish to join us please just let Rev Tracy know. Term-time only.
Friday 17th December 202110:00Coffee Morning - St John's
This is held in St Anne's Hall, behind the church.
11:00Zoom Coffee Morning
As we are not able to meet in person this is an online equivalent event. Please join us, for a friendly and relaxed chat over a drink of tea or coffee and a cake! Please e-mail Cath Baines or Rev Tracy for an invitation and instructions on how to join in. (cath.baines@hotmail.co.uk)
Sunday 19th December 202109:00Eucharist - St Michael's
A live service at St Michael's. Safeguiding guidelines will be in place.
09:00Sunday School - St Philip's
Sunday School is restarting for School Age Children! St Philip's Sunday School - 1st & 3rd Sunday each month -Except for September when Sunday School will be 5th, 12th, 19th. Those attending Sunday School will be creating our Nativity Scene for outside. Therefore, they need to wear OLD clothing as the paint may stain.  St John's Explorers -3rd Sunday of the month. We are in need of more leaders to join our children's teams. If you feel you are able to help please have a word with a warden.
09:00Eucharist - St Philip's
There will be a Christmas Tombola after the service.. No need to book at the moment. (To maintain social distancing there is a need to book ahead to avoid disappointment. You can book for the Sunday Service by calling 07761 133042 on a Thursday or Friday evening between 7:00pm to 9:00pm. You will not be able to leave a message or call at other times. You will be asked for your name, number of seats and contact number.)
11:00Eucharist - St John's
A live service at St John's. Safety guidelines will be in place.
11:00Eucharist - St George's
A live service at St George's. Safety guidelines will be followed.
11:00Sunday School - St John's
St John's Explorers will start again for school age children, meeting during the morning eucharist Service.
16:00Parish Carol Service - St John's
18:30Carol Service - St Michael's
Tuesday 21st December 202110:00Coffee Morning - St George's
Coffee Morning with Christmas Crafts for children (Toddlers and Primary School Age) small donation only for drinks and snacks.  Children must be accompanied by parent/guardian.
18:30Clergy Surgery - St John's
This is for booking Baptisms and Weddings in all the churches in the Benefice. It will take place in the Vestry at St John’s Church.
19:30Blue Christmas
There will be no service but it will be a time for quiet reflection with music. Especially for those who find the Christmas season difficult. Revd Tracy and members of the church family will be available should you wish to talk or have someone pray with you.
Wednesday 22nd December 202121:00Compline
This short service of evening prayer is streamed live on the Benefice Facebook page.
Friday 24th December 202110:00Coffee Morning - St John's
This is held in St Anne's Hall, behind the church.
16:00Christingle Service - St Michael's
19:00First Eucharist of Christmas - St John's
21:00First Eucharist of Christmas - St George's
23:00First Eucharist of Christmas - St Philip's
23:00First Eucharist of Christmas - St Michael's
Saturday 25th December 2021 CHRISTMAS DAY
10:00Benefice Christmas Eucharist - St John's
There will be no services in the other Churches on Christmas Day.
Sunday 26th December 2021 BOXING DAY
10:00Benefice Eucharist - St Michael's
St Stephen will be celebrated at this service. A live service at St Michael's. Safeguiding guidelines will be in place. There will be no services in the other Churches on Boxing Day.
Monday 27th December 2021 ST JOHN THE EVANGELIST
Tuesday 28th December 2021 THE HOLY INNOCENTS
10:00Coffee Morning - St George's
Everyone is welcome to come for a brew and a chat.
Wednesday 29th December 2021 ST STEPHEN
21:00Compline
This short service of evening prayer is streamed live on the Benefice Facebook page.
Friday 31st December 2021 New Years Eve
10:00Coffee Morning - St John's
This is held in St Anne's Hall, behind the church.
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