Monthly Archives: December 2020

January draw of the 100 Club

The first draw in 2021 of Billingsley’s 100 Club will take place on Friday 8th January. If you would like to nominate someone to make the draw or even pull the numbers out of the bag yourself please let us know. The draw will take place on the ‘Green’ at 3.30pm.

Thought for the week 20th December; the Christmas wreath

The door of Billingsley Church is currently decorated by a wreath. The wreath is a common Christmas decoration. The Wikipedia take on wreaths is that they originated in the ancient world, with connections to mythology and also as something that could be placed on the head of a victor, either in a sports competition such as the Olympic Games or a soldier after a battle. They were adopted by the Christian Church, although Wikipedia seems to think that the association with Advent and Christmas did not happen until the 16th century. The wreath is made of evergreens, representing everlasting life (or at least, the hope of life in the darkness of winter); the circle of the wreath was used to symbolise the eternity of God. The wreath is also used a base for candles, with one lit for each of the four Sundays of Advent. Although I can’t find much on the internet, I wonder if there is also a connection between a holly wreath and the crown of thorns pushed onto Jesus’s head at the crucifixion?


I’m sure all this is true, but I have to say none of this was what I thought when I saw the wreath on the church door. Instead, I was struck by its simple beauty; a flash of rich green against the light oak of the door. And also the way it seemed to invite me to open the door, to see what was inside the church. It was as though it was calling me in, calling me to hope. Perhaps that is not such a bad message in this of all Christmases, when we celebrate God coming into our world, to invite us to join him in his world.


Thought for the Week 13th December -Advent Longing

We all have things we long for. At the moment it is probably an end to the virus, but most of us have other concerns.  This Sunday is Human Rights’ Sunday; a reminder that many people long for freedoms we take for granted. Advent is a time when we recognise that neither the world nor we ourselves are as we would wish. As a Christian I turn to the life of Jesus, who I believe opened a new way of living. The words below are a hymn, written by Bernadette Farrell, which express to me what Advent means; my longing to see the Christ in this age.


Longing for light, we wait in darkness.

Longing for truth, we turn to you.

Make us your own, your holy people,

light for the world to see.


Longing for peace, our world is troubled.

Longing for hope, many despair.

Your word alone has power to save us.

Make us your living voice.


Longing for food, many are hungry.

Longing for water, many still thirst.

Make us your bread, broken for others,

shared until all are fed.


Longing for shelter, many are homeless.

Longing for warmth, many are cold.

Make us your building, sheltering others,

walls made of living stone.


Many the gifts, many the people,

many the hearts that yearn to belong.

Let us be servants to one another,

making your kingdom come.


Christ be our light! Shine in our hearts. Shine through the darkness.

Christ, be our light! Shine in your church gathered today.


(See to hear the hymn)


Christmas Carols and Service – December

Please join us over Christmas at one (or more!) of our events


Friday 18th December, 7.00pm; Christmas Carols at Lincoln Fields

Join us on the grass in front of Lincoln Fields for 30 minutes as we sing some Christmas Carols. Bring a torch….


Christmas Day, December 25th, 10.00am; Christmas worship

A short service of words and music for Christmas Day


Thought for the week 6th December – Good News and Advent Hope

This week has brought good news; the first of the vaccines has been approved for use in this country. Indeed, by the time these words appear the first few people may have even had the first round of vaccination. It will take quite a few months before everyone in need in this country is protected; significantly longer worldwide. But the process will happen; the pandemic will retreat. The speed of the science is breath-taking; as one of the scientists involved pointed out; in less than a year we have moved from a brain-storming session around a white-board to the clinic. Thank goodness for human ingenuity! And more besides; the current vaccine is a collaboration between a German biotech company founded by Turkish immigrants in collaboration with a US pharmaceutical company, exploiting technology developed by scientists from probably a dozen countries. Thank goodness for our common humanity and international collaboration! And even more, the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, not far behind, will be much easier to give in developing countries and AZ have forsaken commercial interests and undertaken to supply it at cost-price to these countries. Thank goodness for generosity!

I have no idea whether any of those involved in all these good news stories have religious faith. But in the Christian story, we believe that each person has free will, to chose to do good or not and that by doing good they work alongside God in bringing about his Kingdom, whether they believe in God or not. In the season of Advent, when we look forward to the completion of God’s Kingdom here on earth, I celebrate the work of the vaccine scientists and the company directors in making that Kingdom come, here on earth as it is in heaven.

Zoom events and services for week beginning 7th December


1) Wednesday Home Group, 7.00pm,


For the next few weeks, we are looking at the book of Nehemiah


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2) Friday Morning Prayer, 9.00am



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3) Friday night prayer, 9.00pm



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Christmas Draw of Billingsey 100 Club

On Friday 4th December at 3.30pm Mr Rob Pace drew the balls from the bag for our first Christmas Draw when all money collected by the 100 Club goes into the prize fund. The first number to be draw was 72 and Mr A Leather took the top prize of £120. Number 94 made a second appearance in two draws and scooped a second prize of £60 for Mrs S Bowen and the third prize went to  Mr J Dunbavin, number 28.

Congratulation to all the lucky winners and thank you to all 60 members who are supporting the 100 Club.

Since September there have been 12 separate prizes totalling almost £600. £340 has been raised to contribute to the upkeep of the church building and future community projects. Given the challenging year we have all faced this source of income has been a lifeline to enable the church to continue.

Wishing all our supporters seasons greetings, good health and happiness.


Zoom events and services for week beginning 30th November 2020



1) Wednesday Home Group, 7.00pm,

Topic: Home Group (led by Mary)
Time: Dec 2, 2020 07:00 PM London
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2) Friday Morning Prayer, 9.00am

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3) Friday night prayer, 9.00pm

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