Overnight on Tuesday 27th – Wednesday 28th June, a quantity of lead was stolen from the church roof. If you saw or hard anything suspicious during this period – or in the preceding days – please contact the Police by calling 101 from any phone. Please …
We are pleased to announce that the Church will be open on Saturdays throughout the summer of 2017 so please drop by and enjoy some peaceful reflection or admire the architecture and stained glass windows of our beautiful church.
All Saints Church Report February 2017
~ Christmas at All Saints Kingston Seymour ~
Advent started quietly, we lit the first Advent candle at 8.30 Communion on the first Sunday; the second Sunday was different, our very busy family Christingle service. The Christingles made after school on Friday were given out, with lighted candles, by the children (with great concentration!) to the congregation after theyd explained the orange represents the world, the red ribbon Christs blood to show how much God loves us and the fruits and sweets, the good things we enjoy.
As Richard Simmons of Yew Tree Farm is this years President we welcomed the North Somerset Agricultural Society for their Carol Service by candlelight in the beautifully decorated Church. Wonderful singing, farmers reading the Christmas story, and a full Church made this a very special occasion.
The following week North Somerset Young Farmers joined us as they do every year for our Carol Service. Our thanks to David and Robert, our organists, and choir for all their hard work leading the singing and to all the readers. Refreshments afterwards were enjoyed by everyone; a lovely, friendly atmosphere.
This year Crib Service was written by Georgia, James, Bethany and Alicia with a little help from Sylvia Stokes. The freshness children bring to the story each year, and the hard work children and their parents put into the costumes make sure the Church is packed. At the end of Midnight Mass we sing Yea, Lord, we greet Thee born this happy morning and Christmas is once more.
A huge thank you to everyone who helped make another wonderful Kingston Christmas; Warren and Avril for preparing and leading all the services, the Crib figure and star makers, the Christmas tree provider and decorators, flower arrangers, candelabra organizers, candle lighters and changers, bell ringers, choir, organists, children, refreshments people, anyone Ive forgotten to thank, and everyone who attended a service.
Sue Thomas and Jackie Wright
PS Plough Sunday is 5th February
December 2016- January 2017 From Sue Thomas and Jackie Wright
At the beginning of November we celebrated being All Saints, our Patronal Festival falls on All Saints’ Day, and this year we were able to have two chances at celebrations. The Team Service for the five churches in the Yatton Moor Team was held at Kingston, the combined choir made singing easy, the children made everyone smile when they came through the door as different animals, complete with masks and noises. It was a lovely morning with no one in a hurry to leave after coffee and lots of chat. The following Sunday was Family Service and another opportunity to celebrate being All Saints, this time with a baptism. Georgia and Briony brought their little cousin Thea Louise to be christened and she looked absolutely gorgeous in gown made from her mummy’s wedding dress.
We’ve had an Open Meeting to share feedback from the comments gathered regarding the Toilet and Amenity Project. Many positive and helpful suggestions have been made and the concerns raised by the bell ringers addressed. In the new year we can plan the next step. It’s a big project and important to be thorough.
There’s been a marvellous response to the Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Appeal this year. 110 boxes have been delivered to the collection centre at Weston where they will be checked and sealed before transporting to an Eastern European country. It’s a wonderful amount, the highest number to date, and I am hugely grateful for so much support. From all the children. who for this year at least will receive some kind of Christmas gift, thank you. The website Samaritan’s Purse gives details of how the scheme works and has short clips of film showing some children receiving their boxes – but have a box of tissues handy!
The Friends Murder Mystery Evening on 19th November was fantastic; we have amazing writing /acting talent in Kingston. A bevy of chefs produced a mouth -watering three course meal. I believe Mary Berrys new challenge show is the Community Custard Cup for the village which produces the most delicious array of puds; sure Kingston will win!
Doreen has been under the weather recently and had a spell in hospital, we send our love to her, to Gerald, and to all of you, unknown to us maybe, but who are having your own battles to face in different ways.