St Stephen's Newsletter: November 2018

By Editor, Nov 29 2018 07:50PM

Another month, another lovely baptism, with lots of family, friends and love, this time for little Ernie, Lauren’s son. Ernie was angelic throughout the ceremony – we do hope he replicates that in his next starring role as baby Jesus during our ‘nativity’.

Big sister, Ivy, with a bow as gorgeous as she is, and grandmother Irene, were among the supporting cast and it was a joy to formally welcome Ernie into our church family. As always we send love and good wishes for future happiness to the entire family but, on his day, especially to little Ernie.

Another happy gathering took place recently in the Village Hall, St. Stephen’s Christmas Tea Party. This event, instigated by Frances and her family several years ago, continues to be popular and successful due to all their hard work. Especial thanks are due to Martine - and her fantastic creative skills displayed on the Christmas stall. Frances, all her family, and Linda of course, are incredibly supportive, so it is only fitting that the majority of funds donated on the day, £200, was given to one of Frances’ favourite charities, the Red Cross, and the residue, £40, to church funds.

Of course, November brings one of the more solemn services of our year and this year was even more special being the one hundredth anniversary of Armistice Day. We were without music as Mary is always committed elsewhere on this day and Jane was unable to play. Nevertheless it was lovely that Jane was able to join us for the service and we hope by now her hand is better. David and Judith chose to supplement the service with poems in the place of music, which was fitting, and solemn, in keeping with both the theme and the day.

Now we look forward to a season of joyful services and celebrations throughout the Christmas season. We begin with our Advent Party on Friday 7th December at 8.00pm in St. Stephen’s –‘drinks and nibbles’ provided!

Our Nativity, very simplistic this year, is on the 16th December at 9.30 am, followed that evening at 6.30pm by our Carols and Readings, led by Janet. Our Christingle Service is, as always, on Christmas Eve at 3.00 pm. At 11.00pm we have our service to welcome the Christ Child – still my favourite of the whole year, although the Christingle service is always bubbling with suppressed joy and anticipation too – just of a different kind!

St. Stephen’s welcomes you to each and every service we hold but Christmas is extra special to everyone, so consider yourselves extra specially welcomed to any or all of our Christmas events. To end the season we have the service for our very own St. Stephen – his patronal service is on 30th December at 9.30am.

Just one more service to mention - Olive’s, both solemn and affectionate, with Matthew’s eulogy and the music encapsulating some of the facets of a ‘big’ little lady. Now we look forward to sharing a further farewell to Olive at St. Stephen’s on Monday 3rd December at 12.00.

So we begin this letter by welcoming little Ernie to join us through his baptism and end by bidding Olive farewell – both will be remembered with love as treasured members of our church family.

On behalf of everyone here at St. Stephen’s Janie Grinstead

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