A steady stream of visitors crowded the church and enjoyed looking at the many stalls arranged around the building.
There was the opportunity to buy, amongst other things, china and glass, plants, Christmas decorations, beautifully made jewellery and crafted gifts. The cake stall did a roaring trade as usual. There was a ‘prize every time’ stall and a bottle stall.
You could stir a Christmas pudding and make a wish or create your own table decoration or tree hanging.
When exhausted there was a chance to sit and enjoy tea, coffee or hot chocolate and mince pies.
There was major raffle with a top prize of £100!
It was a lot of fun, if tiring for the helpers, but worth it to open the church to everyone and to raise £1728.27!
Ladies Friendship Circle
On Monday 8th December we held a carol service at the convent in Rearsby. We were joined by husbands, friends and the Methodist Monday Night Ladies.
After a service of carols and readings Jackie closed with prayers. Afterwards we had a welcome cup of tea and mince pies before leaving for home.
The meetings for 2015 opened with a very pleasant evening out at the Flying Childers at Kirby Bellars.
Our group was somewhat depleted owing to the sickness of many members but sixteen of us enjoyed a good meal out.
We thank the staff who looked after us so well.
The next meeting is on January 26th when we look forward to hearing from Christine Coldicott talking about Alzheimers disease.
We began the festive season by ringing the hand bells for the Christmas Market in Central Park. Fortunately it was not as cold as last year. Several people stayed for a while to listen to the ringing.
We were grateful to the management of Tesco and Wilkos who allowed us to ring the hand bells in their stores the Saturday before Christmas and on Christmas Eve. Great to have an indoor venue and be in the warm and dry!
We raised £135 through these events towards the maintenance of the bells.
We were sorry that we were unable to have enough ringers to ring during the Carol Service on Christmas Eve.
We were able to ring all eight of the big bells for the Carol Service and once again ring out the old year and ring in the New Year for 2015.
The Churches Together in Syston Group took part in the Town Council Christmas Market. Two gazebos were erected in the Peace garden, our designated spot. One had dressing up clothes; the other was set up with a bale of straw with a photographer standing by. People were encouraged to dress up to represent Mary and Joseph and be photographed with either their own child or a doll. This was a new venture but proved very popular.
The first service for Christmas was the Christingle service. This increasingly popular service was held at 4.00pm just as the day became dark. The church was full with families coming to celebrate. Each child held a lit Christingle and remembered the world, its fruits, the blood of Christ who is the Light of the World. With the lights out everyone sang the Christingle song. A magical moment.
Later the church was once again packed for the traditional Carol Service. There were many of the traditional carols but also some more modern ones as well as the Twelve Days of Christmas. The specially formed choir performed as well.
At 11.30pm the church was quieter as the congregation welcomed the new born Christ into the world with a solemn Mass.
On the following Sunday many of the Fosse Team braved the bitter cold to gather at Ratcliffe on the Wreake church for a communion service. It may have been very cold but there was abundant warmth in the welcome and fellowship!