Parish Magazine for January 2014

Pencil sketch by W A Green

Tony and I would like to wish you all a VERY HAPPY AND PEACEFUL NEW YEAR.

Anne and Michael

We all send our very Best Wishes to Anne and Michael Jenkins and wish them every happiness in their new home. We extend a very sincere THANK YOU to them for their contribution to the life of St Mary's over many years. During their recent stay in the village they have energetically worked hard in the churchyard and church. We are delighted that they both hope to continue to support us in the future, which will be much appreciated.

Churchyard

Thank you to the many people who have given of their talents and time to cut the overgrown shrubs back, clean out the gutters, rake leaves and generally tidy up the churchyard ready for the winter. It looks so much lighter!! as you walk up the path. Hopefully the spring flowers will benefit and we look forward to a wonderful array!

Christmas Concert

Our annual Christmas Concert of readings and carols was accompanied this year by Cleobury Mortimer Concert Brass under the direction of David Taylor. The church was almost full. The music, the readings and the singing of the carols was magical, a warm and wonderful start to the season of Advent as we prepare to celebrate Christ's birth at Bethlehem. Before the concert commenced the first candle on the Advent Wreath was lit by Florence, daughter of Leah and Liam, and Kath Bills said an Advent prayer.

In the first half of the programme Jack Edwards introduced Joseph and Maisie Wall, Sophie and Amanda Cavenagh and Alice Boland who gave a wonderful rendition of Somewhere over the rainbow wholly presented in sign language which was beautifully co-ordinated by the children under the direction of Julie Wall. Individual performances were by Alice Boland on keyboard and Sophie Cavenagh on the cello. During the interval hot punch, sausage rolls and mince pies were served. There were so many prizes in our lucky ticket draw that you count yourself unlucky not to go home with something. Many thanks to all who supported the event, all who helped in decorating the tree and church, preparing the food and punch, donating the raffle prizes and especially to Anne Jenkins who did the mountain of washing up. THANK YOU ALL.

Church Electoral Roll

The Church Electoral Roll is open to those who are baptized and aged 16 or over and resident in the parish or, not being resident in the parish, have attended worship during the past six months. Forms are available from the Electoral Roll Officer, Mrs Clare Cavenagh (891679) or a supply of forms is available in the church. Completed forms MUST be returned between 3rd and 17th February 2014.

Church Lunch

The menu and booking form is available for the Lunch at The Bennett's End, Knowbury at 12 noon prompt on Sunday 26th January 2014 following Morning Service. Three courses £15.95. Numbers strictly limited - please obtain your menu from Michael as soon as possible and return with your remittance no later than 19th January.

Magazine Money

For those who pay by calendar year, the Magazine subscription is now due. If you pay by 31st January the cost will be £7.80, otherwise it will be £9. Please pay Michael.

49 Club

Recent winners were:

  1. November 16th Sue Britten
  2. November 23rd Pauline Deffley
  3. November 30th Pauline Deffley
  4. December 7th Betty Ward

Cleaning Rota for January

Michael Holmes.

Thanks

A sincere Thank You to Don Hearn for his services during the past year. Don we know it has been difficult for you at times and we have greatly appreciated your efforts and we sincerely hope that 2014 will bring some relief for you.

Prayer for the New Year

Pour your peace into our souls, that everything discordant may vanish, and all that makes for peace be loved and sought by us always; through Christ our Saviour. — From an ancient Latin prayer

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