The Children’s Service on Christmas Eve again proved to be very popular, with 30+ children with their parents enjoying seeing and hearing the Christmas story, and being asked if they had room for Christmas as Christmas has room for them. Father Christmas arrived, bringing with him the wine and bread for our worship, and gifts for the children. He also had a Santa watch which told him when it was time to leave for the busy night ahead.
All who attended our Carol Service experienced a wonderful event of Carols and lessons. The choir sang many of our favourites, as well as the congregation, with a lovely rendering of a Coventry Carol by Jean Routley. Martin Revell sang In the Long Hot Summer, based on the carol Bleak Mid-Winter, which was very appropriate for the night. Our thanks to all choir members and to Clive Ruffell for their many hours of preparation.
Half way through the service the power went off, but not to be deterred, we carried on with candles. This only added to our evening. The rendition of Silent Night is one to forever remember throughout the year. A wonder. The four Advent meditations added to our reflection and preparing for the coming of Christ at Christmas. The wine and cheese supper in the Parish Centre gardens was another wonder for us all to enjoy. We gathered under the stars which added to the heavenly feel
Thanks to Noelene Teage and her team for another super Fifth Sunday Lunch, which will be the last one for 2014, culminating in a year of celebrations. The occasion also coincided with the 82nd birthday of Gillian, one of our long standing members of the Church.