A busy turnout yesterday on a crisp but sunny morning where we met to chat and raise some funds for BLESMA, the charity who support those British ex servicemen who have lost limbs in all conflicts since WW1. We learnt something about the services and support this charity provide and it seemed an appropriate one to support during our month of Remembrance. Thanks to Dave and Manny for hosting this month and to all supporters who helped us to raise £100 for BLESMA.
A busy and well supported afternoon of fun and stories encouraging the children to make harvest busy hour of creating Scarecrows, Hedgehogs, Foxes and Birdfeeders, and Bread. Rev Farai Mapamula read a story about the importance of sharing to the group who could not use the church as it is in the middle of being redecorated. We then tucked into sandwiches and cakes. A happy time was had by all. A big thank you to everyone who helped so willingly.
A bright sunny day with £115 raised for Bone Cancer Research Trust. It was also a time to celebrate the Golden Wedding of Vincent and Christine who got married at the church in 1968. A lovely cake was shared by all.
We enjoyed two services on Sept 30th to celebrate Harvest. Gifts were brought in the morning ,when our minister Rev. Farai, officiated. In the evening Rev. Peter Bates encouraged us to think about being grateful for all our food, not just to God, but also farmers, packers, lorry drivers and shop assistants. He urged us to share with others in the UK and abroad. Indeed the choir sang a hymn about sharing food.
Our gifts have gone to Tamworth food bank, where we know they will be appreciated by those who are struggling at present. It is awful to realise how many people in our country need the support of food banks to survive.
The Harvest supper on Monday evening made a profit of £112. More importantly it was a fun event, producing lots of laughter and conversation. As usual Vincent Coggins directed proceedings and the rest of the family prepared and served the meals with great aplomb. We are grateful to them all.
A really busy coffee morning today, several new faces and many of our regulars back from their holidays. So lots of chat and news. We were treated to an accompanied sing-a-long from Peter and Val Tonks at the end of coffee morning which all present thoroughly enjoyed.
A good amount of money raised too, £130 will be sent off to support the Guide Dogs for the Blind, our September charity.
Coffee morning was very successful with several new faces as well as a good turnout of our regulars! Lots of chat about the Great British Weather (of course!) and gardens and holidays! This was Dave and Manny Williams’ first coffee morning, having taken over from Jean and Beryl, so a hard act to follow! However, Manny came up trumps by baking cakes and biscuits, so we decided that they’d got the job. Dave spoke to us about their chosen charity ‘Buddy Bags’ and we raised £116 for them.
Another highlight of the morning was our chance to wish Syd and Cynthia a Happy Diamond Anniversary and we had a card and cake for them. The cake was ceremoniously cut and shared amongst all, so I don’t think anyone needed any lunch after all that!
Although a few regular faces were missing, the morning was quite busy. It was in aid of Alzheimer's Society and around £114 was raised, which was very good. Pauline and Teresa talked in detail about the trials and tribulations of living with someone who has the disease and the devastating effect if can have on families. Valerie and Christine have been knitting some 'Twiddle Muffs' which help people to have something to do with their hands. Pictured below these are normally sent to 'Knit for Peace' in London but they brought a few along for this morning. Users play with the beads and buttons inside and outside of the muffs, and it helps to relax them.
As usual Vince, Malcolm and Colin were on hand to help with the washing up!
Our minister Farai was ordained at the Chapel in Repton School. The five ordinands were accepted by the Methodist conference earlier in the day and at this service their calling was confirmed with prayers and the laying on of hands.
Farai promised to:
Preach the Gospel by word and deed.
To declare God's forgiveness to the penitent
To baptize and confirm
To celebrate Communion
To lead worship and prayer
To minister Christ's love and compassion
To serve others
Farai has worked hard to fulfil this calling and was rather nervous. We were proud to be representing Nether Whitacre and supporting her at this special event.
Whitacre Congregation is a vibrant mix of young and old who enjoy meeting for Sunday worship. Do come and join us.