Parish Magazine for December 2016
As is tradition for the Fifth Sunday of the month a Team Service is held around the parishes, and it was Whitton's turn to host this event. Most of the parishes were represented and we were pleased to welcome our Team Vicar Rev Mark Inglis for the first time who presided. The address was given by Rev Sian Harris. After the service people chatted and enjoyed some wonderful refreshments.
On a bright November morning we were welcomed by Sally and Tony Thompson to Stonybrook, Hope Bagot Lane, Knowbury where we enjoyed delicious coffee, cakes and biscuits all made by Sally. Thank you for your excellent hospitality - a lovely social occasion.
Aileen has kindly made three more foam pew cushions to increase our comfort during services. The foam was kindly donated by Dorothy Shakespeare. Aileen has enough material for a further three cushions. If you are able to provide some foam please contact Aileen on 01299 270928 to find out sizes required. Thank you Aileen for all your efforts.
Books and Preserves
Sales of the books and preserves are going well and we have ordered another batch of jars so another appeal please to jam, chutney and marmalade makers. If you are able to help please contact Ann Kemp for jars and labels on 01584 891500. More paperbacks (only) would be welcome.
Once again we are supporting the Tenbury NILS Christmas Hamper appeal for families in hardship. If you would like to support this appeal a wishlist appears on page 5 of this magazine. You can either leave items in the church or hand them to me by December 12th please.
Work is continuing by a small team on the mammoth task of tidying up the churchyard for winter. If you are able to help again please let me know or contact Sylvia.
A well supported PCC meeting was held at Smithy Bungalow and was chaired by Rev Sian Harris. At the meeting it was agreed that the 2017 Annual Service of Remembrance will be held in the morning.
As a matter of interest Easy Fundraising had raised so far this year £85 for church funds. This is a painless way of raising funds for the maintenance of your church. You will need to sign up first but once done it will only be a click of the mouse. The website you need is easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/pccofwhitton. If you have difficulties contact our Treasurer Chris Kemp on 01584 891500.
December Services and Events
- December 11th - Evensong 6.30pm.
- December 14th - Christmas Party and Quiz at Carpenters House by kind invitation of Barry and Mary Winn at 7pm. If you would like to come please let Mary or Michael know.
- December 18th - Service of Nine Lessons and Carols jointly with Greete at St Mary's Whitton, 6.30pm followed by refreshments.
- December 20th - Carol Singing around the village. If you would like to join us and help raise funds for the local charity Hands Together meet us at 6pm at the junction outside The Smithy.
- December 24th - Christmas Eve Eucharist with choir and carols at 9pm. Please join us if you can.
Church Lunch - Sunday 22nd January 2017. Further details in January magazine.
We are currently in the process of drawing up rotas for 2017. If anyone would like to join the rota for taking intercessions, readings, or church cleaning would they kindly speak to Topsy.
Recent winners were:
- 15th October Rollover
- 22nd October Morgan Jones
- 29th October Rose Edwards
- 5th November Peter Thomas
Readers for December
- 11th December Evensong - Jean Wall and Topsy Easteal
- 24th December - Chris and Ann Kemp
- Viv Pimm and Kath Bills
At this time of year I would like to thank everyone who has participated in the life and work of the church and community. Thanks to the clergy and all those who have led us in worship during the year, our faithful and dedicated organist Jinny Johnson and finally to all those who have made it a happy and lively year.
A very happy and blessed Christmas to you all.
A text for Christmas time
- May the spirit of the season bring you peace
- The gladness of the season bring you hope
- The warmth of the season grant you love
- May the peace and joy of the season be yours throughout the New Year.
Pencil sketch on this page by W A Green - website details on Contact page