St. Peter and St. Paul’s Ladies Friendship Circle
The last meeting for 2018 was our usual Carol Service held in the church hall. Cynthia had put together a short informal service of readings and carols and we had the services of a visiting organist to accompany the singing. Several members of the group read readings and poems which really put us in the Christmas spirit. Afterwards we finished the evening with a cup of tea and delicious mince pies which several ladies had provided. Before we left we were all reminded of the New Year lunch which is to be held on 14th January at Beedles Lake Golf Club.
Our first meeting in 2019 was our New Year Lunch which was held at Beedles Lake Golf Club. It was a bright day when twenty two ladies enjoyed a delicious lunch and met their friends to recount their stories of what they had done at Christmas. We were all given the programme for the coming six months and this promises to be as interesting as usual with some favourite topics and some new ones. The next meeting of the group is on 28th January when it will be ‘Call my Bluff’. Anyone wishing to come to our meetings is very welcome, they are held on the second and fourth Monday each month at 7.30pm in the Church Hall.
Traditional Christmas Fair
We held this event in the Church Hall this year. It was exactly what it says – traditional with the usual stalls, Bottle, Prize Every Time, Christmas Decorations (Mary Gamble’s usual stall) Quality Glass and China, Toys and a table full of delicious home made cakes.
The Youth Group made and sold bacon butties followed by soup and a roll lunch.
There was a raffle with a £100 first prize.
The reward for this was that we raised £1349 for church funds.
Many thanks go to all who supported this in any way.
How We Celebrated Christmas 2018
Our Christmas Eve Christingle and traditional Carol Services.
On the afternoon of Christmas Eve the church was full of excited children and their families who had come to celebrate Christmas at the very popular Christingle service. Carols were sung, the story of the birth of Jesus was told, Christingles* were given out to all and their meaning explained. A retiring collection raised money for the work of the Children’s Society, who work with children who are in need and difficult circumstances throughout the land. And a very good time was had by all!
* What is Christingle, what does it mean? The celebration is named after the Christingles that are lit during the service. Christingles are made from an orange (which represents the world), with a small candle in the top. The Christingle is also decorated with red ribbon or tape to show God’s love wrapped round the world, and four small sticks with some dried fruits or sweets to symbolise God’s bounty and the four seasons. The candle on the top symbolises Jesus, the Light of the World, who brings hope to the people in darkness. Christingle services throughout the land raise vital funds to help needy and homeless children, some of whom are facing Christmas alone. At six o’clock the church was again packed full of local people who’d come to our traditional Christmas Eve carol service of carols and bible readings. About 250 people attended this service which somehow starts Christmas off ‘properly’ for many folk. Many people also took the opportunity to remember a departed loved-one on our memory tree. A collection was made for the work of Shelter, who work with people who are homeless. At 11.30am another congregation met to celebrate the first mass of Christmas and greet each other properly at the end with ‘Happy Christmas’!
The Sunday after Christmas the Fosse Team met for a joint service with over 100 people attending. It was a very joyful occasion followed by refreshments in the hall. The collection for the charity Shelter taken during Advent and the Christmas Services was £716 and the Christingle collection for the Children’s Society was £319. The church was beautifully decorated for all of the above services, by our excellent team of flower arrangers.