Bucklebury, Bradfield and Stanford Dingley

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 Bradfield, Bucklebury &

Stanford Dingley Churches

To know Jesus Christ and to make Him known!


We welcome you to our services

and hope that you will stay and chat afterwards


This sheet covers 2nd to 16th December - please keep it.


Services for Sunday 2nd December, Advent Sunday

Putting Christ into Christmas – John

  Luke 1:5-25

      8.00am    BCP Holy Communion   St Mary’s, Bucklebury

      9.30am    Morning Prayer              St Mary’s, Bucklebury

      9.30am    All Age Worship            St Peter’s, Bradfield Southend

     11.00am   Christingle Service          All Saints’, Upper Bucklebury  

All welcome from 10am for refreshments and to have fun making your Christingle.

There are NO SERVICES at St Denys’, Stanford Dingley – see page 2.


Services for Sunday 9th December, Advent 2

Putting Christ into Christmas - Mary

Luke 1:26-38   Phil 2:1-11

      8.00am    BCP Holy Communion          St Mary’s, Bucklebury

      9.30am    Morning Prayer with Baptism    St Mary’s, Bucklebury

      9.30am    Holy Communion                  St Peter’s, Bradfield S.

    11.00am    Morning Worship                  All Saints’, U. Bucklebury


Services for Sunday 16th December, Advent 3

Putting Christ into Christmas - Elizabeth

Luke 1:46-55

   8.00am    BCP Holy Communion                  St Mary’s, Bucklebury

 11.00am    Morning Worship                        All Saints’, U. Bucklebury

   3.30pm    Community Family Carol Service St Peter’s, Bradfield S.

   4.00pm   Carols by Candlelight                 St Mary’s, Bucklebury   



Monday 3rd December

  • AM Coffee morning and Post Office at All Saints’, Upper Bucklebury, 9am-12 noon (PO 12:30).

Tuesday 4th December

  • Bible Study, 2.30pm, St Peter’s, Bradfield Southend.
  • Parish Prayer Meeting, 8pm, Southfield House, Bradfield.

Thursday 6th December

  • Women’s Fellowship, All Saints, Upper Bucklebury, 7.30pm.

Friday 7th December

  • Toddler group, 9.45am, St. Peter’s, Bradfield Southend.
  • Prayer Group, 8pm, All Saints’, Upper Bucklebury.

Monday 10th December

  • AM Coffee morning and Post Office – as last Monday.
  • Bible Study, 7.45pm, All Saints’, Upper Bucklebury.

Tuesday 11th December

  • Bible Study, 2.30pm, St Peter’s, Bradfield Southend.
  • Monthly Prayer Gathering, St Mary’s, Bucklebury, 7-8pm.

Friday 14th December

  • Prayer Group, 8pm, All Saints’, Upper Bucklebury.


News and Notices

Error in Bucklebury Parish Magazine for December/Jan: We apologise that services are shown with incorrect times on 23rd December. The correct times are: 9.30am at both St Mary’s and St Peter’s, and 11am at All Saints’.  There is no 8am service.

St Denys’, Stanford Dingley is closed temporarily for building work. Meanwhile, the church congregation and any visitors will be very welcome at any services in Bradfield or Bucklebury during the closure. We are very sorry for the inconvenience caused. Please check the website for service information:  www.2bsd.org.uk


Do you love singing Carols? Make a note of these dates:-

Mon 17th Dec. - 9am Coffee Morning at All Saints’, U. Bucklebury, Carol singing from approx. 10.45am -12 noon.

Tues 18th  - 7.30pm, Carol Singing, The Cottage Inn, U. Bucklebury.

It is also hoped that there will be Carol Singing at The Queen’s Head, Bradfield Southend. Please contact Jules for more information.


Services for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

24th December:

4.00pm  Contemporary Crib Service   All Saints’, Upper Bucklebury

5.30pm  Traditional Crib Service         St Peter’s, Bradfield Southend

11.00pm Midnight Holy Communion   St Mary’s, Bucklebury

25th December:

8.00am   BCP Holy Communion         St Mary, Marlston

9.30am   Family Holy Communion      St Peter’s, Bradfield Southend

10.00am Family Holy Communion      St Mary’s, Bucklebury



Prayer Diary – December

Sun 2nd   Our Christmas services and outreach events.

Mon 3rd Debbie in the Church Office, and Lindy Hope who will be helping temporarily.

Tues 4th Richard Benyon, MP, as he serves this constituency.

Weds 5th The worldwide church. Pray for those supporting and equipping ministries in developing countries, where there are very few resources. To know more, visit www.uk.langham.org (Langham Partnership).        

Thurs 6th All ladies and other carers.

Fri 7th Bradfield College. Pray especially for Peter Hansell, the Chaplain, and the Swinbanke Society (Christian Union).

Sat 8th The Oxford Diocese, and those who work in Diocesan Church House to support ministry in the parishes.

Sun 9th Alba Oxley Smith, being baptised at St Mary’s this morning, and her family.

Mon 10th Bible studies and small groups taking place in the parishes. Pray that those in them will grow in their relationship with Christ. 

Tue 11th Archdeacon of Berkshire: Olivia Graham.

Wed 12th Pray for those working in hospitals, nursing/residential homes or with those with learning difficulties. Ask that they might have patience, strength and know God’s grace as they care for others.

Thur 13th Lindy Hope (OMF), temporarily helping in the church office.

Fri 14th St Peter’s Toddler group. Give thanks for the opportunity this gives us to serve parents in our community.

Sat 15th The churchwardens of each parish, for wisdom as they carry out their responsibilities of care for our churches and in their support of ministry in the parishes.

Sun 16th The clergy team: Jules and Lyn and their families.


Stamps: Our attention has been drawn to the fact that Royal Mail have not printed any Christian Christmas stamps this year. If you would like to contact Royal Mail to complain about this, here are the details: Kelly Snell, Customer Service Advisor, Customer Service Centre, PO Box 740, Plymouth, PL9 7YB. Phone no: 03457 740740. The Christian Institute will also be lobbying on behalf of Christians concerning this.

Bradfield Deanery Spiritual Development Group:  Let’s talk theology Series: What do we believe? December 12th – Music for the soul - Bring a piece of music that speaks to you. 8pm, at the Parish Room, St Mary’s, Sulhamstead, RG7 4ED.


For ALL church enquiries including wedding, baptism and funeral enquiries, and pastoral matters:

Administration Office:  01635 860220,

Please note that wef Friday 7th Dec until mid-January the office will not be open Mon-Thurs mornings; skeleton cover will operate. Please leave a message on the answerphone, or send an email. If you don't receive a response straight away, please bear with us.

Our alternative email address is:  .

Priest in Charge: Revd Jules Gadsby,  01635 866731

(Day off – FRIDAY)  

Jules has a NEW BLOG: https://juliangadsby.com/ 

Bradfield Parish website: http://www.bradfieldchurch.org.uk/

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Thank you so much for your faithful and generous giving. Do please always complete the Gift Aid envelope details if you are a tax payer.

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The next Bulletin will be issued on 16th December - copy by Tuesday 11th please.  Meantime, please check the website for updates.

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