After the service today we celebrated a very special birthday for Mavis, who has been attending our church since she moved to the village in 1946. A lovely cake was made and she blew out her number candles. Many regular members and visitors helped her mark the occasion. Mavis herself says that every day is a bonus and she still enjoys organising the chapel and living in her own home.
Today was the last service Derek conducted as our minister before he retires again! The well attended service was followed by a bring and share lunch which allowed people to say farewell and thanks. A presentation of some theatre ticket tokens, book vouchers as well as a "more tea vicar" mug was made, in recognition of all the work that Derek has patiently and quietly undertaken during his three years of looking after us all so well. It is the first time we have had a minister who was solely responsible for just our church and we have been blessed with his ministry. He will be solely missed by the congregation as well as his future presence being noticably absent at the many events he has always made a consistent effort to attend. A lovely spread was put on as a result of all of us bringing some food and a merry time was had by all.
This September promises to be a coffee morning with a cake feast as well. It will support the work of our own methodist relief fund exists to bring about significant and long term change in some of the world's most marginalised communities, and to empower people to change structures that are oppressive and unjust. With perhaps the longed for indian summer finally around the corner perhaps you can come and discuss the summers events over a cup of tea and coffee now that the children, students and teachers are back at school.
Whitacre Congregation is a vibrant mix of young and old who enjoy meeting for Sunday worship. Do come and join us.