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.
After the service today lead by Farai we had our annual bring and share lunch. The table was once again groaning with food and we even had puddings. We can independently confirm the rumour that Mavis was seen to eat at least three meringues.
Easter day broke with lovely sunshine. The chapel looked lovely with Easter lillies bought but members of the congregation in memory and celebration of loved ones. Farai reminded us during the service that whilst we should remember Easter is also about new life and renewal. Farai had done a lovely altar display which was rapidly dismantled but it included candles which were lit at the start of the service when the lillies were highlighted. After the service chocolate biscuits were enjoyed as a first taste for many who had given chocolate up for Lent.
Many of you will have met our new minister but how many of you have spotted that our church notice board is now up to date? After being blown away in the winter storms, it was rescued and remounted and has now been updated with our new minister Rev Farai Mapamula. You can also read her introductory entry to her own page accessible on the home page as FARAI'S BIT
Today was our final service to be lead by Rev. Andi Smith. He leaves us after two years and we finished our last service sharing lunch with him afterwards. A well attended service despite a number of us being away and during the lunch a small token was presented to Andi.
A well supported day and those who braved our 3 to 4 mile stroll through reasonably flat terrain in our lovely countryside made it back despite the midge bites a lot of people complained about! The weather was fine, dry and sunny something that did not look hopeful in the morning. Once back having built up an appetite on the walk, Phil was on BBQ duty afterwards, and with tea and coffee being provided all were refreshed in time for the evening service which will be led by Mike Crockett. A lovely day was had by all and we even had the pleasure of our last three ministers in charge all being present under the same roof. Sadly it was the last time we shall see James Pritchard as he moves on to pastures to new and many members were able to wish him well.
Despite the heavy snowfall the morning service was well attended although a few of our collectors failed to make it as well as a few locals who sensibly stayed at home. Peter Tonks gave a lovely service based on choices and even supplied cereals to taste at the start of the service using these to illustrate the choices we make.
Congratulations to our collectors.
We welcomed the following new collectors - Ruby, Noah and James
We thank the following collectors for their continued support - Frankie, Cameron, Xavier, Ella, Sophie, Kieran and Grace.
A special long service certificate for eight years as a supporting collector was made to Ella.
Whitacre Congregation is a vibrant mix of young and old who enjoy meeting for Sunday worship. Do come and join us.