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Today’s Service Theme:
4th Sunday of Advent

9.30 Morning Worship, Dirleton Kirk
10.30 Morning Worship, Abbey Church

Morning Worship, Dirleton Kirk
9.30am (to 10.20am)
Organist – Jim Dickson

Scripture: Luke 2:1-20 read by Hayley Kirkpatrick
CH4 301 Hark the herald angels sing
CH4 313 See in yonder manger low
CH4 304 O little town of Bethlehem

Church Diary

10am (until 10.30), Dirleton Prayer Service in Dirleton Kirk

Christmas Eve
11.30pm Watchnight Zoom Service

Christmas Day
10.30 am Christmas Day Service at Abbey Church

Next Sunday – 27th December
Matthew 2:1-15

These web pages give links to the recordings of services, children's talks, weekly intimations, newsletters, and lots of other church information.
Sunday services are uploaded on our YouTube channel, to which our website and Facebook page have links.
Facebook Page
YouTube Channel

'Christmas is coming'! And on the lead-up, we traditionally prepare ourselves during the 4 weeks of Advent.
This year we can't meet in person, but I invite you to join us on 'zoom' for an hour on a Tuesday evenings.
To whet your appetite, here is the plan. I'll send the Zoom link and more information nearer the time.

Advent Group 2020
‘Lighten our Darkness’
Tuesday evenings at 7pm (until 8pm), meeting on ‘zoom’
Tuesday 22nd December ‘The new normal’: Mary’s Song Psalm 146, and
Luke 1:39-56

Giant Christmas Card. We are again using a Giant Christmas Card, to invite members of the congregation to wish all their friends at Abbey a Happy Christmas. By donating to this year's Christmas charity and having your name(s) added to the Card, savings can be made, if required, by not buying lots of individual cards. The Giant Card will be on display on each Sunday prior to Christmas starting on 29th November.
To make sure that distancing rules are kept, you will be asked on entering church and checking in, if you would like to donate. If you do, your name(s) will be noted and added to the card after the service. A box for donations will be positioned beside the weekly offering plate, just inside the church.
If you have not been attending church but would like to donate, please send a donation directly to the charity and let Milne Brodie know either by phone (894347) or email so that your name can be added to the card.
The charity that has been chosen to receive the money raised, along with the Christmas services offerings is: The Trussell Trust Food Bank (also goes under the name of East Lothian Food Bank).
The address of the charity for donations is: The Trussell Trust Food Bank, 3 Civic Square, Tranent, EH33 1LH or online.

Christmas Day Service Bookings
If you would like to attend the 10.30am Christmas Day service at Abbey Church, the bookings are now open. You can phone during our office hours or email the church office.

Abbey Office Closed
The Church Office will be closed from 22nd December until 6th January. Bookings for services on Christmas Day, 27th December and 3rd January can still be made via the church phone 01620 892800. But pre-bookings for these dates can be made now.

Holiday Club Christmas Activities
Have a look on our website for details of all the different activities Hazel and the holiday team have organized for our younger members over the festive season. Please get in touch with Hazel for more information.

Abbey Church Offering Envelopes
Later this month a supply of 2021 offering envelopes (blue in colour) will be sent out to each person who received them for 2020. If you no longer require a supply of these envelopes please could you let Paola in the Church Office know. You may not need a supply because you now contribute through the bank by standing order and therefore are no longer need an envelope for each week.
Additionally if you have not received these before and would like a supply for 2021 please let the office know.

Rev Dr David Graham is emailing the Sunday service to many of our members and friends. If you are not receiving an email and would like to be included in the list please contact Abbey Church office with your details.

Super Sunday Club is online. We'll continue to explore the Bible with games, stories, songs, crafts and prayer. Aimed at primary ages, but open to all. Come and join us this Sunday at 10.00am on the Abbey Church Facebook page Also available on Abbey Church Website.

Track and Trace during the week. Could we respectfully ask that if you are in the Abbey church building at any time other than Sunday service please register at the side door, whether you are in the building for an hour or a minute. Thank you.

Church Services
To comply with Scottish Government regulations and Church of Scotland guidance, we have to adopt the following procedures:
• All people attending our service must observe a minimum of 2 metres social distancing at all times when in church and on their way in and out of the building. Worshippers will be guided to seats (which have been laid out to maintain social distancing) and should stay in those seats throughout the service. Provision will be made for those from the same household to sit together.
• All worshippers must wear face coverings (unless they have an exemption from doing so) and hand sanitiser will be provided.
• There will be no singing.
• Offerings can be made either on entry or on leaving the church (but will not be uplifted during the service).
• Contact details of all worshippers will be collected and stored for 28 days after the service in accordance with our privacy policy, a copy of which will be on display in church.
• There will be no printed intimations and hymn books and bibles have been removed from the church.
• Toilets will be open, but their use will be restricted to one person at a time.
• Tea and coffee will not be available after the service.
• Please be aware that our services may be recorded and recordings of that morning’s service will be made available later on the website. As numbers attending church services have been limited by the Scottish Government and are also dependant on the layout of the church, we will operate a booking system each week.

Bookings can be made by phone or email during church office hours (1000-1300) on the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of the week prior to the service. To make a booking for that week’s service, please either phone during these hours (01620 892800) or email your request to giving details of the names of the people from your household who wish to attend and one contact telephone number and whether you would like to attend Abbey Church or Dirleton Kirk. Please do not leave phone messages and any emails received before Tuesday at 10.00am cannot be accepted. Bookings will only be taken for that week’s service and the process for the following Sunday will commence on the Tuesday of that week.

If after booking, you feel unwell on the Sunday, we would respectfully request that you do not attend that service.