Our service today lead by Jackie was about love and included a small token to take away with us. Today was also the last service which Linda and Stuart could attend before moving house to a new area to be nearer their family. A card and cake were presented and the later was enjoyed by all after the service with tea and coffee. We wish them both well in their new life chapter even if we shall miss her plastic laminating service too!
A good introduction to the afternoon with nine people from all over the parish, chapel members and attendees from St Giles and Shustoke all gathered to try out the crafts and have a chat of course.
Linda led us in a service which looked at freedoms mentioning both our own personal abilities to roam, even with the covid restrictions and areas such as Nigeria where Christians are persecuted openly. We recited the Psalm of David (psalm 29) and this related neatly to Linda recounting the story of how Michelangelo's statue of David was carved from a block of marble, which had been hewn over 40 years previous. After many artists failing to be inspired enough to carve the block Michelangelo described his work of David as releasing the "angel from within". The freedom of the birds was used to symbolise Gods power and Linda presented all the congregation with a bird of their own complete with a bible verse.
Today heralded the first of our 2022 monthly coffee mornings and our chosen charity to kickstart the new year was Saint Giles’ Hospice. In spite of the winter chill a good number of hardy souls ventured out and were rewarded by a lovely spread of new year goodies, a guess the name of the doll competition and our ever popular raffle. Many thanks to Chris, Sue and Val who hosted today’s gathering, ably assisted by washing up team Vincent, Malcolm and Colin! The snow was falling as we left, happy to have met up with friends and satisfied with the healthy £100 raised which will be sent to Saint Giles’ Hospice this week.
A short film of the the story of the wise men who visited Jesus in Bethlehem. Filmed on the night of the candle lit carols but released today to coincide with the traditional date of the wise men's arrival.
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