Our morning service today is led by our minister, Revd Roger Whitehead.

The theme of this morning’s service is Vision

Bible Readings: Isaiah 61: 1-4, 8-11 40

Introit: “He comes the broken heart to heal” (RAS 141 verse 2)

Next Sunday

The morning service at 10.30 is led by our minister, Revd Roger Whitehead. It will be a family Carol Service

The afternoon service at 4.00 is a Carol Service followed by afternoon tea.

Full details of our Christmas services are in In Touch, available in the foyer and can be found with link weekly notices

After the service we will be open to serve free hot drinks during the Street Market. We need helpers—please offer to Jan Adams.

After the service there will be Church Meeting. Tea & coffee will be served at the tables at the back of the auditorium so that the meeting can begin promptly. Agenda papers are available.



Thanks to those who helped with the Torbay Ministers Christmas Lunch on Friday and the Concert for Christmas on Saturday. Both were good occasions and attenders expressed their gratitude for them.

Today the Street Market will be in full swing after the service. We will be open from noon until about 4 pm serving hot drinks. Helpers are needed.

Christmas is the only occasion in the year when many people enter a church. We hope to encourage them in several ways in the next fortnight:

A Quiet Space on Saturday 17th Opening the church from 10.00—4.00 to provide a place of rest during the Christmas shopping rush.

Next Week our Nativity Set Festival open most days next week from 10.00 to 4.00 (from 2 pm on Monday 19th and until 1.00 pm on Friday 23 rd). We desperately need stewards to keep an eye on the exhibits, and people to make the refreshments especially at the end of the week when many members will have left Dawlish. We are offering hot drinks and mince pies to those who come in. Please sign the helpers list in the foyer.

Our special services:

next Sunday    at 4 pm   Carols and Tea service at 4 pm   

Christmas Eve  at 4 pm   The crib service for small children
                     at 7 pm   Family Candle-lit Carol Service

Do encourage friends and neighbours to attend any of our events.

There are still places at our Christmas Day lunch; please tell those who will be on their own.


Monday to Friday Exhibition of Nativity sets open all day (see above)


Tuesday      2.00 -   4.00 Knit and Chat (newcomers welcome)     

Thursday   10.00 -12.00 Coffee Morning # (Coffee & Kids)

Friday          3.45 - 6.00  Messy Church , Methodist Hall

Saturday   10.00 - 4.00  Church Open as quiet space (see above) §

for Strand Centre events, please see Strand Centre and click on news on the masthead

§ auditorium    * Strand Hall    ¤ upper lounge of Strand Hall    # foyer



New on the prayer board this week

Jo (early forties) who is in the last stages of life with a body riddled with cancer. Pray for her, and her husband Ben and two young children.

We continue to pray for

Maureen Jones, the wife of the Revd Bob Jones of Bude URC who died suddenly a week ago, and whose funeral is in his church on 12 noon on Monday 12 December . P lease pray for the congregation of St Martin’s.

For Philip suffering from vertigo, and his wife who is very poorly.”

Please pray for the Strand Community Trust Meeting on Thursday, decisions will need to be made about future plans for the building following the failure to get the hoped-for grant.

Birthday this week: Wed (14th) Carol Norton

This week we pray for June Wilson’s pastoral group
Noreen Atkins, Betty Carter, Pat Cunliffe, Stella Hughes, Elsie Lovegrove, Carol Norton and Doreen Spencer.

Churches Together in Dawlish & District—Weekly prayer cycle

Sun     Weech Rd, Badlake Hill and nearby roads

Mon     Park Rd, Old Town St and nearby roads; Dawlish Baptist Church; Dawlish Christian Fellowship

Tues   The Mayor, Town Council, Starcross Parish Council and council staff

Wed   High St and nearby roads

Thurs  The Strand, Queen St and nearby roads; United Reformed Church

Fri       Brunswick Place, Plantation Terrace and nearby roads; Dawlish Methodist Church

Sat     Social services; home carers; community transport; Hedley Way Centre; Citizen’s Advice Bureau; the Open Daw

"O Lord, you know how busy I must be this day;
if I forget you, please do not forget me;"