Parish Magazine for November 2016

Pencil sketch by W A Green

Operation Christmas Child

Last year 9,951 boxes which bring joy to needy children went from the Kidderminster depot to which I take our contributions. From the UK 800,000 went in total. This year our boxes will be sent to Kazakhstan and to other places in Central Europe via Georgia (evidently politically sensitive places which have to be nameless!!). If you would like to send a box this year, leaflets will be available in church or from me. I have a quantity of knitted hats if anyone would like them for their box. — Kath

Welcome

A very warm welcome to Andreas and Victoria who have moved into the village. They are expecting their first child at the end of this month and we are delighted that they have joined us on Sundays for worship. Andreas has kindly volunteered to help with the maintenance of the churchyard.

Concert

The Teme Spirit choir conducted by Bernard Morgan performed music from Jesus Christ Superstar, Godspell and other scores. The audience enjoyed a lively rendition of the music, culminating in a conga around the church. The concert was followed by sparkling wine and delicious canapés, kindly organised by Aileen Hood, ably assisted by a number of parishioners. Thank you to everyone who decorated the church for the occasion. The proceeds were divided between Whitton Church and Air Ambulance.

Harvest Thanksgiving

Our Harvest Thanksgiving was held on Sunday 9th October. It was harvest with a difference. The service was compiled and conducted by the Rev Sylvia Turner and there were a variety of unusual readings. There was a large congregation, with children ably participating and special thanks go to Stephan (grandson of Jinny and Geoff Johnson) and Sam and Katie Shakespeare (son and daughter of Mark and Mary-Jane). Thank you to all those who helped and took part in the service, decorated the church and provided fresh and non-perishable harvest fare. The non-perishable goods were donated to the NILS Food Bank. Special thanks to Jinny for her fine organ playing. After the service a good number adjourned to the Smithy Bungalow where we enjoyed a delicious hot lunch. Thank you to all those who cooked, provided and supplied the food. Thank you also to those who provided the raffle prizes. The sum raised from that together with the auction of produce was £90.

Churchyard

The restoration of the war memorial was finally completed with the pointing of the brickwork and enhancing the names of the villagers in Whitton and Greete who died in the Second World War. This work was carried out by Chris Kemp, Mac McGuinness and Barry Winn. Mac and Barry also did a fine job on re-fixing the hand gate and fencing panel.

We thank Andrew Williams for all his hard work in strimming the whole of the churchyard and to David Rhoden for his first class trimming of the roadside hedge both sides.

We are looking to form a working party to maintain the churchyard on a regular basis. If you feel able to help in this task please contact Michael Holmes.

I would also like to mention here how delighted we are that the churchyard is to be listed by the Church of England as one of only ten churchyards in the Midlands considered to be of special interest under the Caring for God's Acre Scheme.

Coffee Morning

We are most grateful to Sally and Tony Thompson for kindly volunteering to hold the next Coffee Morning on Tuesday 8th November at Stonybrook, Hope Bagot Lane, Knowbury from 10.30 to 12.30. This is a social event but you will have an opportunity to buy preserves and books but there will be no raffle. Anyone requiring a lift please contact either myself or the Kemps (891500).

Annual Service of Remembrance

This will be held during the Evensong service on Sunday 13th November at 6.30pm. The service will be held by Kevin Bryant. Weather permitting the Act of Remembrance will take place around the War Memorial. The collection in church will be for church funds with a retiring collection for the Poppy Appeal.

Christmas Party

We plan to hold the usual Christmas Party in mid-December. Final details in the next magazine.

Readers for November

Cleaning

Flowers

49 Club

Recent winners were:

  1. 17th September Aileen Hood
  2. 24th September Rosemary Edwards
  3. 1st October Rollover
  4. 8th October Peter Thomas

Prayer for the month

O God of many names, lover of all nations, we pray for peace - in our hearts, in our homes, in our nations, in our world. The peace of your will. The peace of our need. — George Appleton

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