Twenty two shoeboxes were taken to the midland collection point for the charity "Link to Hope" These were checked over and along with a further extra £30 in donations will ensure that the boxes make their way to Bulgaria, Moldova, Romania and Ukraine.
The annual Macmillan Coffee Morning which took place at the chapel at the end of October was brilliantly supported by our local and chapel communities; we boasted a full house with additional tables needing to be set up at the back of the chapel and attendees were more than happy to have a go at our raffle and Macmillan games. Homemade cakes were generously brought in and a full team of washer-uppers were engaged almost non-stop in our newly refurbished kitchen! With additional donations from "The Gate" pub we raised the magnificent sum of £525 which has now been forwarded to this great cause.
Many thanks to all who attended and supported in any way to make this extra coffee morning a real success.
A busy coffee morning once again this month as we met together to raise money for the Dogs’ Trust - our generous coffee drinkers raised £120 which will be sent away to support the re-homing and care of our four legged friends.
Two services on the Sunday celebrated our Harvest Festival. Food donated will make it way to a food bank. Monday evening our quiz master Vince delivered his much anticipated questions after the Harvest meal ably served by our The Coggins and Waggs crew. Our thanks goes to all who were involved to make another memorable year celebrating Gods harvest gifts.
Playing once again to a near full church Switched on Swing entertained with a range of songs from Uptown Funk to some Beatles songs. Interval tea and cakes were enjoyed with the chocolate being demolished. Many helped washing up afterwards including our young reporter. Ours thanks to the band for supporting the Methodist Chapel once again raising £272 in total.
Our family service lead by Peter Tonks featured the parable of the men who built their houses on sand and rock. A number of young people were involved in a short play and some experiments and we were delighted once again by the music played by Peter as well as joining in with the hymns with our own instruments.
A group of eager children could be seen running along Cottage Lane in warm sunshine towards the Playground on Birmingham Road. Following them, at a more leisurely pace, were a group from the Methodist Chapel carrying all the equipment needed for a mini Olympics.
The afternoon was great fun. The children ran, hopped, threw and shouted for a couple of hours before enjoying tea back in the Chapel. All the old competitions were revisited. We ran with eggs on spoons, we threw wellies, laughed a lot as the children fell about doing the three-legged race and passions were high when we played the Chocolate game
The sun shone all afternoon and a good time was had by all. What fun it was, two hours without a mobile phone in sight! We hope to see you all at the Chapel at our Christmas event.
A group of about thirty enjoyed the sunny afternoon ramble around the village footpaths travelling down through Teals Wood and along the reservoir returning via Hayfields and through Bakehouse lane. We returned to find Phil and the ladies had prepared the BBQ and after a hearty supper we celebrated the creation of the new red district with a service lead by Rev Neil Johnson the district superintendent.
A great turnout again for our August coffee morning where we raised funds for ‘Back Up’ a charity supporting people who have had their lives changed through major spinal injuries. We welcomed some new faces this morning and some visiting friends and between us we raised the healthy sum of £125 to send to this charity. Many thanks to Dave and Manny Williams who were our hosts this morning, providing us with some great homemade cakes, and of course to all our generous supporters who come along for a good chat and a cuppa.
Whitacre Congregation is a vibrant mix of young and old who enjoy meeting for Sunday worship. Do come and join us.