It was a good move to leave the Lent Water Aid collecting jar in the chapel for some extra days after Easter...only half full on Easter Day it was magically full to the brim this Sunday morning thanks to some generous last minute contributions! All those coppers and other small coins reached the splendid total of £70 which will be sent off to Water Aid, helping to provide clean drinking water to some of the poorest communities in the world. That is our best Lent total to date, so well done to all!
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.
Forty eight shoe boxes were delivered to the Samaritans purse. Thank you to all who have assembled a box for deprived children in the Middle East.
Rev Faria lead our worship today which included a celebration of our JMA collectors, many of whom were able to be in church to collect their ribbons. The service reflected the young people contribution to the life of the church as well as more world wide issues especially concerning the recent developments in Farai's home country of Zimbabwe. We finished with the usual tea coffee and cakes in the school room where some products purchased from The Purple Community fund were showcased.
A busy morning presided over for the last time by Jean and Beryl who have decided to hang up their coffee morning boots. A potted cyclamen were presented to both in recognition of their support. Warwickshire rural watch coordinator Carol Cotteril and police community officer Jane Owen joined us with a display table, introducing themselves and giving out safety passes and safety awareness packs. This month £125 was raised for Dogs for Good, which sponsors dogs for community and family environments as well as for more traditional disability helping dogs. Whatever the situation these dogs are a therapy and support for their owners. To help raise further funds a Manchester City football was offered for auction by Sheila and Vincent was the winning bidder who paid £15 in the auction. Sheila daughter is offering a service to make front door Christmas wreaths for £15. £5 of this will be donated to Cancer Research and are available bespoke in any colour. With so many people present the tea and cakes more or less sold out.
The coffee morning started in style with a presentation and cake celebration for Susan and Malcolm Wagg who were married in this chapel fifty years ago.
A busy coffee morning raised £95 for DiabetesUK. A lot of people came to help celebrate with the golden 50th cake and meringue. Even little Ruby managed to return showing off her brand new school uniform. Sheila also displayed her knitted blankets which her family are taking to India.
Parking was eased today thanks to the New Village Hall letting us use their parking area which will also be available for the Choir concert on the 16th of September.
At Easter we sent off a jiffy bag full of ring pulls to the Purple Community Fund in Southampton as the container was completely full..... They have now made it to the Philippines and a letter of thanks has been sent back to the chapel.
We are continuing to collect ringpulls as they are worth 3p each to the Purple Community Fund who will send them to the women homeworkers in the Philippines.....so bring your ring pulls from drinks cans only please, to the collecting container which is back in the chapel kitchen.
The Water Aid pennies have amounted to a very impressive £61.36 - we must have been a very sinful congregation over Lent - this has been rounded up to £65 on a cheque going to Water Aid shortly. That's a great total considering we only collected £25 last year.
Eight teams met our wonderful quizmaster Vincent to raise £150. The Pointers team were victorious and took away a bottle of wine.
Whitacre Congregation is a vibrant mix of young and old who enjoy meeting for Sunday worship. Do come and join us.