Visit to our daughter congregation in Ulm

This coming Sunday, 3rd December, we from the Stuttgart end of the congregation would like to pay a visit to our friends in Ulm. The plan is to accompany our officiant, Julie Lipp-Nathaniel, to Ulm after our service to stroll round the Christmas market and perhaps enjoy a cup of coffee, and then to proceed to the service, which starts at 5.30 p.m. We would reckon on leaving Ulm by about 7 o’clock.

If present numbers are kept to, this can all be done by car. But if anybody else wishes to go, please inform both Eric and me. Eric and Renate still have one place, at a squeeze two, in their car. But if the numbers increase beyond this, we will have to consider another car or trains! (A Baden-Württemberg Ticket would allow a group of five to travel by train quite cheaply so this is a possibility)
Christopher Sloan
ulmtrip@stcatherines-stuttgart.de

Children’s Toy Service

On Sunday, December 10th, we will have our traditional Toy Drive Service, during which we collect new and gently used toys to give away, so start looking through your toy cupboards for suitable gifts!

This year, we’re also going to make this into a very special children’s service, to make up for having no nativity play (because the 4th Sunday in Advent is Christmas Eve, and a lot of families are not around!)
The service will have „The Little Drummer Boy“ as its theme, and we are looking for children who would like to take part in a very simple performance of the Drummer Boy Story (no lines to be learnt, one rehearsal on the afternoon of Friday, 8th, or morning of Saturday, 9th, or possibly even after church on Sunday 3rd, to be agreed). We need a drummer boy/girl, three kings/queens, a servant, a palace guard, Mary, and possibly some angels. If your child would like to be a part of this, contact
christmasplay@stcatherines-stuttgart.de as soon as possible. Other children who don’t want a „proper“ part, but want to join in anyway, can just come on the day and be part of the three kings’ gift bearing entourage! Come early and we’ll find them a costume, or let them wear their own suitably extravagant outfit! We will also practice the carol during Sunday school on the 3rd, so come then, if you can!
Finally, we want to show the kids that the drummer boy could have come from anywhere in the world, because everywhere people like to play drums!
So if you have a drum from anywhere in the wide world, please bring it on the 10th, so we can show it during the service.“

Toys will be donated to a local women’s refuge and any extra will go to a project in Romania.

Carol Service fliers will be available on Sunday – please take some and spread the word.

Women’s Group
Our next meeting will be on Thursday, 14th December from 10 until 12 in the Anglican Centre. We have decided to meet a week earlier than usual  (on the second Thursday not the third )so that we can affix the stickers to the new carol sheets stating that they belong to St. Catherine’s and shouldn’t be taken away.  Thus we hope to avoid having to replenish our stocks of carol sheets each year. So although we will be busy there will be plenty of time for a chat and a cup of tea or coffee. Look forward to seeing you.

Frauen andere Herkunft, andere Sprachen  – Women from other countries and speaking other languages
As every year we invite you to an Advent afternoon to meet up with women from other countries who unite to worship together in and around Stuttgart in their own languages, just like we do in our Anglican Church in English.
Our “Adventsfeier” will take place on Friday, 8th December 2017 from 16.00 until 18.00 in the CVJM-Haus, Room 100, Büchsenstraße 37, Stuttgart-Stadtmitte.  We are asked to bring traditional cakes or biscuits to enjoy together.
Please let Alison know by 1st December if you would like to come.
Alison – women@stcatherines-stuttgart.de

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