Parish Magazine for February 2017
Operation Christmas Child
Many thanks to all who contributed to the Shoebox appeal again this year. I was able to take two full loads to the usual Stourport depot which had an extremely busy two weeks and sent off an amazing 12,384 boxes.
This year plans had to be changed and the boxes went to central Romania. Some years ago we heard of the very sad situation there where many children were found in dreadful conditions in orphanages. Things have got better now but there are still 70,000 children in care.
As Romania is the country where Operation Christmas Child first went when it began in 1991, it was felt to be even more special. Thank you all for sending your love and sharing God's love with these children. — Kath Bills
Evensong on 11th
The St Mary's Tenbury Choir joined us for the service and to celebrate the significant birthday of the Rev Sylvia Turner. The service was conducted by Kevin Bryant and Sylvia gave the address with particular insights to her early life which resonated with quite a number of the congregation! Afterwards we enjoyed a glass of wine and refreshments which included a fine birthday cake kindly provided by Kath Bills. Thank you to all who produced the food and to the Tenbury Choir.
Christmas Party on 14th
We all enjoyed a lovely evening at Mary and Barry's house. As usual we had a scrumptious array of food; having enjoyed this we settled down to a challenging quiz compiled by Barry. The winners were: Aileen Hood and Topsy Easteal, runners up Rev Sian and Rev Sylvia. Sadly Barry was unable to join the party as he was ill and Mary was also below par, but we are very grateful for all the effort they put in to the preparation. Many thanks to all those who provided the food.
Christmas Carol Service
The Joint Greete and Whitton Carol Service was held at St Mary's conducted by Rev Sue Foster. There was a good congregation and thanks go to all the readers and Jinny for playing the organ. Thanks to Ysy and Alan Wozencroft for the excellent punch and to those who provided even more refreshments.
On the initiation of Rev Sian Harris, a small band of enthusiastic carollers toured the village and enjoyed very generous hospitality wherever they went and a merry time was had by all!! Funds were collected for Hands Together Ludlow and they were delighted to be joined by David and Kath, the founders of the charity. We were sorry if you missed us this year - but look out for us next year!
Our Midnight Mass at 9pm! was an excellent start to the festive season. The service was conducted beautifully by Rev Sylvia Turner who in her address poignantly referred to the refugee status of the Holy Family (very appropriate for today). The service was enhanced by an augmented choir who led the singing and thanks to Rachel Davenhill for playing the organ. We were delighted to be joined by Oliver, the youngest member of Whitton, who brought his parents, Andrius and Viktorija and his grandmother. His Silent Night was crowned by a blessing at the end of the service by Sylvia to welcome him into the community of the church.
A big thank you to Oliver (grandson of Anne and Michael) for helping us out so well as junior sidesman.
Thanks to all who decorated the church so magnificently for the festive season - especially Aileen Hood for the Advent Wreath, Chris Wall for the wonderful Christmas tree and to all who supported our many and varied Christmas events.
Cleaning Rota for February
- Mrs Anne Jenkins.
Readers for February
- 12th February Evensong - Jean Wall and Alan Wozencroft
- 26th February Holy Communion - Topsy Easteal and Aileen Hood
The shelves in church are looking a little empty. There are jars available in the Tower and as the Seville oranges are now available, if you feel able to make some marmalade for sale, it would be much appreciated.
March Coffee Morning
We would like to hold another Coffee Morning - any offers to host? Please let Michael know.
A final reminder that magazine money, £8 for the year, is now due. Cheques made payable to Teme Valley Magazine, by the latest 31st January 2017.
Recent winners were:
- 10th December Sue and Ray Amos
- 17th December George Baker
- 24th December Pat Hunter
- 31st December Betty Ward
- 7th January 2017 Sue Britten
As the year has ended we are much indebted to Sally Thompson for her hard work and dedication in running the 49 Club which provides vital funds for the church.
Thought for the Month
- Make new friends, but keep the old;
- Those are silver, these are gold,
- Brows may wrinkle, hair grow grey,
- But friendship never knows decay.
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