Pauline took our service today having celebrated her 80th birthday yesterday. The service mentioned getting old and local heroes touching particularly on John Sumner who developed the Ty-Phoo tea brand and was born in Coleshill and is remembered by his alms houses. After the service there were cakes to be eaten one we had all sung happy birthday to Pauline
Baby Freya and proud mum made a visit to our post service tea and coffee and much fuss was made of her. We had as a church been praying for her mum during her pregnancy and immediately after her birth so it was our prayers answered to see both well and happy.
Been a bit of a week for birthdays with a number of cards being handed out. However after Fiona had led our worship we all celebrated Janes special birthday with a cake enjoyed with our tea and coffee after church.
Pauline led our service for Mothering Sunday with help from reader including Lynda and Ruby. We had a history lesson of how Julia Ward Howe began the fight for Mothers Day taken through to its successful adoption by Anna Jarvis. Find out more here. We were reminded of mothers in history such as a WW2 Polish lady Irena Sendler, who helped over 2500 Jewish children to escape and of course the Virgin Mary. Thoughts for all Mothers, Grandmothers and those unable to have children were close in our minds. All Mums were then presented with a primula flower in a pot and we retired to a lovely cake and tea in the schoolroom.
A coach trip organised by Castle Bromwich to Coventry Methodist Central hall. A sing along Joseph and his technicolour dreamcoat had the added draw of our own minister Nick Jones starring as the pharoah. A lovely evening was had by all.
Todays service was led by Rev Nick Jones who was celebrating Holy Communion with us. Much talk of his recent promotion to being superintendent of Sutton Circuit was made as well as celebrating Carols birthday with cake afterwards.
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!
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.
Our Remembrance service was lead by Pauline and had many who contributed to the service. A range of people laid poppies on the alter, the church was beautifully decorated and even the post service cakes had poppy cases.
Our congregation seems to have a number of November birthdays to celebrate and today we all gathered to sing Beryl a "Happy 90th Birthday" with a cake to add to our after service tea and coffee.
Whitacre Congregation is a vibrant mix of young and old who enjoy meeting for Sunday worship. Do come and join us.