A busy service where we were joined by our Romanian friends. They sang some Christmas carols both in English and Romanian which was a pleasure to hear. These families from several surrounding areas, use our church as a meeting point to maintain their Romanian traditions of worship so their children experience them. They came and joined some of us for a meal on Friday evening making the whole weekend something of a meeting between the two cultures.
At the end of the service Xavier entertained us festively.
Eighteen children and their families joined us for a Messy Christmas. The children made cards, Christmas stockings, Pomanders, tree decorations, lovely Santa Claus badges and even “Donkey Dung” from the stable of Jesus! Our Minister, Farai, entertained the children with the Christmas story. We had a really happy time and hope that our guests enjoyed it too. How good it was to see adults and children busy creating decorative things. Our thanks go to the helpers who manned tables. Items created were then taken home.
The coffee morning today was in aid of the Salvation Army. We made £125, which included £10 for a beautiful Christmas wreath which was donated. Sheilas's daughter makes them in aid of cancer research and takes orders at £15 each. There was a good turn out, considering it was a wet morning.
Many thanks to Brian for entertaining us so amusingly. People who came enjoyed the evening greatly and £155 was raised for the Chapel funds. Brian is a well known local singer from Tamworth and played a variety of classic musical hits on his guitar. Brian has been friends with Vincent Coggins for years and came to support the chapel. Thanks also to the Coggins family for the refreshments provided in the interval.
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.
Whitacre Congregation is a vibrant mix of young and old who enjoy meeting for Sunday worship. Do come and join us.