Gina and Arthur stepped in to take todays service at short notice and gave us a flavour of the "open the book" sessions that a group of people take into the local primary school. This week they took the story of Noah and the Ark to school and we had a repeat performance today. Noah was seen building the ark with a large mallet, adding the animals including two large toy tigers (one of whom refused to sit properly, loading the ark with food and letting the dove fly from the ark. Even the congregation were involved making the rain sound effects.
Todays coffee morning raised nearly £85 pounds for our own Chapel. A little thin today as a number of people had to miss the event but plenty of cakes and chat from those that were able to attend.
Sadly due to a rainy start we moved venues back to the chapel for our Harvest Festival service and lunch today. A good number of us praised God for the blessings we have with our food offerings being delivered to the Tamworth food back next week. After the service our now legendary question master Vince put forward another challenging and tightly fought quiz which had only points in each of the four teams before the picture round clinched victory for one team. Our thanks to all those who bought our food to share, the washing up and tea crew and of course our quizmaster Vince.
We had our first coffee morning since the start of the pandemic today. We raised £71.57 for Hearing Dogs for the Deaf which was our opening nominated charity. A good range of people came filling most of the tables and it was good to put actual faces to people rather than hearing them on the phone or seeing them on zoom! A good raffle also ensured that many did not go home empty handed. Put in a date in your diary for next month. *** Updated to £85 - a great total ***
Our ramble for 2021 was a pleasant afternoon walking along some new footpaths for your reporter despite lifetime associations. We were graced with two trains to watch as we walked across the new footbridge and then around our circular walk. Upon our return Phil was busy at the BBQ and sausages and burgers enjoyed by all. Our thanks to Pauline and Phil and others for their help - thanks washer up crew too. We finished our event with a service lead by the Rev Warren Bardsley who was our minister from 1977 to 1982. He was prevented from attending the bicentennial celebratory service in the middle of lockdown and based his service on the story of strangers welcoming people.
The final count up of cash and cheques donated for Christian Aid 2021 from the villages realised the fantastic total of £743.16. Additional Gift Aid contributions will have added approximately £100 more onto this total. Bearing in mind that there could be no house to house collections this year and that donations all had to be ‘dropped off’ this was a superb result. Many thanks to all those who contributed so generously to Christian Aid this year and to Station Stores and the local pubs who helped us with the ‘drop off’ locations.
Today due to COVID restrictions further easing we were finally able to have a cup of tea and cake after the Pentecost service lead by Gina and Arthur. Our socially distanced tables waited on for tea and coffee proved to be a great success.
Whitacre Congregation is a vibrant mix of young and old who enjoy meeting for Sunday worship. Do come and join us.