A good crowd of people turned out sing around the village with several youngsters joining us. the group ended with our usual carol sing along in the Railway public house and a total of £372.51 was raised for Acorns charity.
Our service of candlelit carols was led by Rev Nick Jones and supported by the choir who sang a new version of "Little Donkey" for the congregation as their finale. Lessons and carols were sung and we thank all those who read so ably for us. This year we had new LED flicker candles but still maintained tradition with proper burning candles on the side tables. We even had a special playlet where the Angels in Heaven discussed the coming of Jesus and decided to descend and view proceedings.
Mince pies and festive treats were washed down with tea and coffee afterwards in the school room. Merry Christmas to you all.
Our traditional Nativity display has now gone up for all to see including the passing traffic. The church has also been decorated ready for the Christmas services - please see our home page for times and dates
A good crowd attended this morning raising £121 for the Salvation Army. Our hosts Evelyn, Pauline and Phil and there were lots of raffle prizes and homemade cake and biscuits to enjoy.
For 2023 we have sent off 18 shoe boxes to Link to Hope. Gideon took them to our area organisers in Erdington. They will be picked up from there and delivered to children and adults in Ukraine or nearby countries.
Many thanks to those who filled a box.
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.
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.
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 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.
The children and young people enjoyed making (and eating some) Christingles which were lit once they had returned to the carol service. Once again the chapel was lit by candle light and we wish you all a Happy Christmas.
Whitacre Congregation is a vibrant mix of young and old who enjoy meeting for Sunday worship. Do come and join us.