Parish Magazine for November 2012

Pencil sketch by W A Green

Thanks

This month we have a number of people to thank. Firstly, to Sarah Watkins who has kindly volunteered to join the cleaning and flower rota. Thank you for your initiative. We have received an overwhelming response to my request for empty shoeboxes for this year's Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Appeal. Many grateful thanks to all those who responded so magnificently, your efforts will be much appreciated by those children who receive a box at Christmas. We are much indebted to Chris Wall who has made a wonderful start on the mammoth task of cutting the churchyard grass. If anyone has a few hours to spare to rake up the grass, it would be gratefully welcomed. Finally thank you to all who kindly sponsored me on the Maramba walk which took place on Saturday 29th September. Rev Claire and I completed the Little Hereford ‘loops’; I understand it was estimated to be about 12 miles, it felt to me it was more like 20 miles!! - as they say I was ‘cream crackered’!! All in a most worthy cause.

Annual Service of Remembrance

The Annual Service of Remembrance will be held on Sunday 11th November at 6.30pm. As is our custom the collection will be for church funds, with a retiring collection for anyone who wishes to make a donation to the Poppy Appeal. The Act of Remembrance will take place in the church.

Christmas Concert

Tickets at £6 each are now available for the Christmas Concert on Friday December 7th, commencing at 7.30pm. The charge covers draw, punch and mince pies. Music will be by the Bell Inn Band. We look forward to a full church. Tickets available from Michael (890332).

Operation Christmas Child 2012

Many thanks to all who read their magazine last month and responded to the request for empty shoeboxes. Now we are asking you to fill one please - a supply of covered boxes and leaflets is waiting in the church. This year Samaritan's Purse is hoping to reach the target of 100 million gifts delivered globally. Our area's boxes will again be going to Ukraine and although Ukraine has had rather a ‘bad press’ lately I think it has helped to emphasise the great division between rich and poor in that part of the world, and yes there seem to be ever more appeals for help at this time of the year but just imagine the joy your box will bring to a needy child. Thank you. — Kath

Harvest Thanksgiving

On a sunny autumn day we gathered at St Mary's to give thanks for the bounty of God's gifts at this time of Harvest. The service was ably conducted by Kath Bills. It commenced with the Cavenagh and Wall children taking traditional harvest produce to be blessed by our guest preacher Rev John Haslam. His address was thought provoking and interesting. The church was beautifully decorated with stunning, yet restrained flower arrangements and a lovely selection of fruit and vegetables. Many thanks to those who gave of their time and talents in producing such a wonderful presentation. As is our custom, the collection from the service will be donated to Sight Savers. After the service over 30 of the congregation gathered at the village hall for Harvest Supper where a mouth watering meal was served. Prior to the supper Stewart McGuinness (Mac) auctioned the perishable goods which raised in excess of £30. The non-perishable items have been taken to the CAB drop off point at St Mary's Tenbury to be distributed among those in need in the community. Jean Wall ran the raffle which raised £55. As always many, many thanks to everyone who cooked, served, washed up, cleaned and decorated the hall, it looked splendid and finally thank you to those who generously donated the draw prizes; as one parishioner said to me, “It was a great evening”. Thank you all.

A Reminder

Don't forget to order your Christmas cards from Michael as soon as possible.

49 Club

Many thanks to Peter Thomas for kindly volunteering to take over No 27 from the late Edie Rhoden. Thanks to Chrissie Bourne for taking the number over for the past three months.

Recent winners were:

  1. September 15th Jim and Christine Lowe
  2. September 22nd Susie Duncan
  3. September 29th Tony and Viv Pimm
  4. October 6th John and Pauline Atkinson
  5. October 13th Pauline Deffley

Cleaning and Flower Rota

November - Clare Cavenagh and Topsy Easteal

Prayer for Remembrance

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. — John 14 v 27

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