Wednesday, 9 January 2013

December 2012

December started with Advent Sunday, when we lit the first candle on our Advent crown.  Andrew has been following a course to prepare for church membership with Susannah, and at the service, he was received into full membership.
The bible fellowship met on Tuesday 4th, when we continued the study of Amos.  Because the rest of the month is busy, we will next meet in January.
Men's breakfast met on Monday 10th as usual.
The annual "Five courses and Carols" took place on the 13th, when we dined on:  Oxtail soup, mackerel paté, ham baked on hay, fig pudding, cake and cheese, tea and coffee, with carols between each course.
The chapel was re-arranged for the Advent Carol service on the 16th.
The theme was "Prepare ye the way of the Lord."  
On Monday the 17th we gathered in the car park at 6-30 p.m. for our annual carol sing round the valley.
Wednesday 19th was the Ladies' meeting carol sing with the Salvation Army band.  The chapel had to be put back to normal for this event.
Brian led our Christmas carol service on the 23rd.
Susannah led the Christmas day service.  The completed Advent crown is visible in this picture.
 Susannah then unwrapped parcels to complete her display, this is shown below.
Jonathan led the last service of 2012 on Dec. 30th.

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

November 2012

November started out with our annual bonfire and barbecue on Saturday the 3rd.  The event was well attended and enjoyed by all.  Although the ground was rather wet, following the wet summer, the night was fine.  The bonfire went up well.
 Susannah worked extremely hard in the kitchen, preparing the food for the barbecue.
David also worked hard putting the finishing touches outside.
 The queue seemed to go on for ever, but eventually everybody was fed.
 And people settled down to enjoy the evening.
Later on in the month, after all the debris had been cleared, the grass square was put back.  David had worked extremely hard, numbering the turves so that they went back in the right place.
Our bible fellowship met on November 6th and 20th, studying the book of Amos.  Apart from some slightly dated illustrations, the theme of justice and fairness could have been written this year.
Our series of sermons on Ephesians continued through the month, with Jonathan finishing up on Ephesians 6 on the 25th.
The men's breakfast met on the 12th,
The annual planning meeting was held on the 14th when we examined the events held so far this year and discussed ideas for next year.  The outcome of the meeting will be discussed at the church meeting in January and will then be added to the website (see link on the left).  If you would like a copy of the newsletter with the details enclosed, please get in touch.
Our annual Christmas Fayre was held on 24th, when opportunities to purchase fairly traded goods and crafts were available.  The event was well attended.