A great turnout and several new faces at this month’s coffee morning and a lovely sunny day! A healthy sum of £103 raised for Greenfingers, our April charity.
Despite being postponed due to last weeks weather, this was a well attended event.
The theme of this years Women's World Day of Prayer was "God's Creation is very good." The service was written by the women of Suriname, a country in South America, which has 94% forest land. It is home to the blue frog and the great turtle. Our leader, Linda Comfort, urged us not to damage our environment and we were encouraged to recycle and reuse our waste. In the church there were examples of art work from different countries. Items such as coaster made from ring pulls from the Philippines, decorative boats made from newspapers from Vietnam and decorative mats made from bottle tops from Uganda.
We were fortunate to be joined by the Mayor and Mayoress of Warwickshire, Mr and Mrs T Waters, who along with about 50 other people enjoyed the service. The choir led the singing and afterwards we sampled peanut fudge and coconut macaroons which Anne and Fiona had baked from Suriname recipes. Many thanks to Will for the wonderful decorations, which included a display of the animals linked to Suriname and their flag which was painted by the children in the church for the event.
We thank the brave souls who came out today in sub zero temperatures to support our coffee morning in aid of Tommy’s charity. We raised a healthy £85 in spite of the fact that quite a few of our regulars were snowed in! Lots of chat about the weather of course - we are British after all! - and interestingly woolly scarves were amongst the first prizes to be snapped up from the raffle table!
We were reminded about the Women’s World Day of Prayer which takes place tomorrow evening at 7pm, and hoping that the weather will allow people to attend.
A very enjoyable quiz with fish and chips resulted in a profit of £140 for church funds. Eight teams of six battled out out under quiz master Vincent Coggins orders and only a point divided the first four teams. Many thanks to Sue and Malcolm Wagg, Valerie and Colin Bowerman and Vincent and Christine Coggins for all their hard work.
To improve security of the site and to avoid unwanted use of the carpark new yellow removeable bollards are now in operation. These T shaped posts are locked into place and will be locked into the stands at the sides when the carpark is open for use.
A busy morning with a good busy attendance which raised £!20 for Bloodwise which funds research into a range of blood cancers and supporting the way people live with it. It was lovely to see so many people present.
We met today to raise £95 for the Methodist Relief and Development fund. A busy morning with a raffle and lots of chat about how the Christmas period was spent and our New Year resolutions (or lack thereof in some cases!)
A group of twenty one met to sing around the village - once again the weather was dry and not too cold. A number of us came dressed festively and we raised £425 for Brain Tumour Society and Mary Ann Hospice. Many thanks to all who sang and all who answered their doors and welcomed us with donations.
Rev Derek Shaw lead our annual candlelit carol service to a very full chapel. The usual mix of carols and readings was added to with the children acting out a Nativity scene and the choir singing from John Rutter and the Twelve Days of Christmas. The later was even explained how it relates to some of the Christian elements it refers to. Four calling birds relating to the four Gospels for instance. Baby Lyla stole the show in her part as the Angel Gabriel in the nativity scene and then all joined singing Away in a Manger. After the service there was a superb spread of cakes and mince pies - we were looked after well by the ladies and their team.
The now familiar popular messy church was well attended by twenty children of all ages. They made festive items ranging from sewing up Christmas decorations, card baubles, Christmas trees and snowmen faces and Christmas biscuits. Jackie read the stories before the tea. Thank you to all our supporters.
Whitacre Congregation is a vibrant mix of young and old who enjoy meeting for Sunday worship. Do come and join us.