We met today to support the small charity ‘Railway Children’ who reach out to help homeless street children in India, Africa and also in the UK. Our youngest attendee this morning was Baby Chester who was introduced to many by proud Grandma Carol Morgan! He seemed very happy to join us and of course was much admired! We were a little lower in numbers than usual - possibly the wet and windy morning had kept some folk at home - but we still raised a healthy £100 to send to this charity. Thank you to Pauline and Phil for being our hosts and making sure that we were well supplied with coffee and cakes!
Quiz master Vincent Coggins put us through our paces on Saturday evening as eight teams of six tested their grey matter to answer a variety of questions in our annual quiz. Only a handful of points separated the first three teams and congratulations to the victors! We all thoroughly enjoyed the evening and of course our fish and chip supper. Many thanks to Sue and Malcolm Wagg, Valerie and Colin Bowerman and Vincent and Christine Coggins for all their hard work serving us all with our supper and making teas.
This entertaining evening resulted in a healthy profit of £164 for chapel funds.
Our coffee morning this month was in aid of ‘Myaware’ the charity who offer support and carry out research into the causes and treatment of the debilitating condition of Myasthenia Gravis. This little known neurological disease causes a distressing loss of muscle power and consequently can make normal movements and activity very difficult. Our supporters braved a very blustery and rather wet March morning to gather in the school room but once installed there was plenty of chat and merriment amongst all. A generous sum of £100 will be sent to Myaware this month.
Our chapel was full as we met together to be part of the World Day of Prayer service 2019 which was this year prepared by the women of Slovenia. We were joined by our Romanian friends and their families who use our chapel for their worship every Friday, and it was lovely that they could be involved in this celebratory service with us. Indeed our Romanian friends introduced our service by laying a table of food and drink items typical of Slovenia.
Will Southall led us in our reflections, encouraging us to remember that God provides everything for us - ‘Come, everything is ready’ - and the readings from the women of Slovenia, and from Luke’s Gospel, continued the theme that God’s invitation is for all, whatever their religion, race, gender, sexuality, age or handicap. God turns no-one away.
Will and her team had decorated the church beautifully with food, flowers and pictures of Slovenian wildlife; the Whitacre choir made a joyful noise and led our singing with gusto. Red carnations, signifying celebration in Slovenia, were given out as the offering was taken.
After the service, hot drinks and home made Slovenian honey biscuits, were on offer to all.
The World Day of Prayer takes place in over 120 countries. Starting in Samoa, it travels the world through Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas....thank you to all those who were involved in our celebration and helped us here in Whitacre to play our part.
Our guests were amused to find a toilet roll placed on each table on arrival at our coffee morning today, a reminder that we were collecting for ‘Toilet Twinning’ - the charity whose aim is to provide a safe, clean and private place for people to go to the toilet and to try and reduce the statistic that one in three people in our world can’t enjoy that privilege. For each donated £60, toilettwinning.org can provide a latrine in a third world community where there had previously been no facilities and will send out a framed and illustrated certificate to the donor, showing the location of the latrine they have provided.
We had a really good turnout today and a fantastic £140 was raised which means that we have raised more than enough to twin both of our toilets at the Methodist Chapel.....and of course have helped to provide two third world communities with a clean and safe place to go to the loo.
A great turnout, most of our regulars and some new faces, at our first charity coffee of 2019. Everyone was in cheerful mood and happy to reflect back on how Christmas had been spent! Thanks to Fiona and Mary who hosted our coffee morning this month and who spread out a fine array of cream meringues, cakes and of course the inevitable left over mince pies for us. So much for the New Year diet and Resolutions......
A great start to our monthly gatherings and a healthy £125 raised for Prostate Cancer, our January charity.
Our traditional carol service lit by over fifty candles was busy with a full house of one hundred people singing their way through a busy service. Rev Derek Shaw led the service which featured the choir and the young people singing their nativity set. We once again greeted our own baby Jesus - eleven day old Chester and his family were welcomed. Interjected with the carols a variety of readers completed nine bible readings. Afterwards all were invited to retire to the school room for cakes, mince pies, tea and coffee. Thanks to all our participants both young and not so small. We even had a young drier up learning the trade for future years.
Whitacre Congregation is a vibrant mix of young and old who enjoy meeting for Sunday worship. Do come and join us.