Our second annual Christingle service was led once again by our own Rev Nick Jones. A good gathering of young (and young at heart) people made their own Christingles and Nick explained how a little about the history of the how the Christingle came to us via the Victorians and the Moravian church from whose history it originates. For those who want more of the history do read the linked document below. Tea and coffee was shared afterwards with many wishes of a Happy Christmas being shared to all.
A small bunch of intrepid singers ventured out in the fortunately clear dry and warmer night than we have had for the past few weeks to raise money for Mary Ann Evans Hospice. Carolling from door to door around Station Road, Cottage Lane and Birmingham Road finishing off at The Railway public house. A total of £438 was raised with thanks to all who answered their doors and gave generously and of course to the singers, young and old, who braved the elements.
Our traditional candle lit carol service was led by Rev Nick Jones and consisted of carols sung by both the choir and the congregation along with a series of bible and other readings to reflect the Christmas story. Afterwards mince pies, tea and coffee along with a pre Christmas chat was indulged in by those who attended. Our thanks to all our readers and the choir.
Todays service led by Jill included a new carol written by Marjorie Evans of Solihull especially for Nether Whitacre. Marjorie used to be a very regular lay preacher at our chapel and it was a pleasure to sing these verses today. Sung to the a common metre tune such as St Anne (O God our help in ages past) but we sang it to St Fulbert (Fill thou my life)
This Christmas as we meet to sing
And give thanks for Christ's birth,
We'll think again about the role
That we should play on earth.
A time of love, togetherness,
Of joy, forgiveness, peace.
A time of prayer and thankfulness
The hope all strife will cease.
But above all this Christmas
We'll pray Christ comes again
And praise, endure and carry on
Until He comes to reign.
copyright Marjorie Evans 2022
We had a lovely morning to erect our now annual nativity scene. This year we avoided the snow and rain we have had in previous years and managed a record two and half hours to completion. Look out for the display as you pass.
A very busy morning with a lot of people attending. All found a lovely decorated Christmassy room complete with tree and each table had holly and a candles on it. £162 was raised for Crisis at Christmas. A good crowd supported the morning with lots of raffle prizes and meringues. Many thanks to Fiona, Mary and Rosemary for their hard work. They were kept very busy and it was lovely to see so many old friends again. This was our first winter warm hub event as well.
Hope you will come again in January
Whitacre Congregation is a vibrant mix of young and old who enjoy meeting for Sunday worship. Do come and join us.