Church News that has appeared in these pages
We lit the first Advent candle in our Advent ring at 11 am Holy Communion on Sunday, 29th November. The anticipation of Advent! Do we open a window on the tinselled calendar each morning and enjoy the chocolate or use the lovely words and pictures of the Words for Advent and prepare for the coming of the Christ child?
Sweets and fruits won at the Christingle Family service on December 6th. The Christingle, an orange that represents the world, around the middle a red ribbon that represents the blood and love of Christ, four cocktail sticks to represent the 4 seasons with sweets and fruits on them and finally the white candle held firmly in the orange representing Jesus, the light of the world. The children came to the altar to each collect a lit Christingle and some of the older ones carried them carefully to each member of the congregation so that we could hold them alight to join in the Christingle song.
December also brought sadness at the death of Richard Wait, village postman for 27 years, and celebration of his life in Church before burial here. We send our love to the family and welcomed some of them to our Christmas morning service.
A very large group of old and young members of Flower Guild met at Tyntesfield on Dec 2nd and noted the extravagant Victorian Christmas decorations (Sue Hyde will tell you about the lunch!) Then Sue led all members of the guild in decorating the Church; some spent several days there, a huge commitment at a very busy family time. The result was an amazing display, shiny greenery, feathers, ribbons, swags, berries, lights. The candelabra with 194 candles and a huge Christmas tree completed the beautiful setting for Christmas services. Thank you to everyone who helped and made the busy working atmosphere so joyful.
Friday, 18th December brought the annual well supported Carol Service with North Somerset Young Farmers; its good to welcome them each year. Thanks to David, Anna, Robert and the choir for beautiful music and to everyone who read a lesson.
Friends of the Church held their Carols in the Close on the 20th. Again well supported, an enjoyable event with good mulled wine and mince pies; thanks to the Friends for their hard work and to Margaret Hawks for playing the piano.
This followed a rehearsal for the Crib Service when the microphones played up. Last year the heating, this year the sound system! Bryan (Jackie says) got in touch on Monday with Bristol Sound System and Kevin Dimond appeared. We had to borrow an amplifier for the crib and Christmas services. Huge thanks to Kevin and to Bryan; they spent many hours over three days in a cold Church in Christmas week. The Crib Service was delightful; the best ever as always! Each year the children manage to bring freshness and wonder to the story. Our thanks to Cheryl, Susie and other young mums who adapted, produced, rehearsed, directed, dressed the cast of hundreds (well, 18 actually).
All the candles in Church and the final one in the Advent ring were lit for Midnight Mass. A beautiful service, well attended. Thanks to Susie for playing the piano for the service on Christmas morning
Candlemas, the traditional Christian service to commemorate the ritual purification of Mary and the presentation of Christ to God in the Temple forty days after His birth, will be celebrated with a Team Service at All Saints on Sunday, 31st January at 10am. (Please note 10 not the usual 11am as it is a team service) Do come and meet other members of the team over coffee and cake afterwards.
God bless and a Happy New Year to you all, Bryan and Jackie