Services for January 2018
Sun. 7th 9.30am Holy Communion
Sun. 14th 9.30am Holy Communion
Sun. 21th 9.30am Morning Worship
Sun. 28th 9.30am Holy Communion
As always we begin our January newsletter by looking back over the previous year, a busy and in many ways changeable year for St. Stephens. A year in which many, including Christopher, Judith, Janet, Linda, and the clergy team, with enormous effort and faith, effected several positive changes that altered our perceptions and the way in which we view the future for St. Stephens.
However, our Christmas celebrations remained very much unchanged. On the Saturday prior to Christmas Rhys the young electrician was once again busy positioning all the lights, with Janet in attendance. The following morning our Nativity was made special by baby Ivy’s angelic performance as the Christ child, and her mother Lauren’s role as a beautiful Mary. In addition, Frances’ three gorgeous granddaughters were equally delightful as angels.
In the evening our Carols and Songs session was well attended, with lots of pleasurable and individual contributions. I rather liked the Three Kings, and Mary’s granddaughter still has a beautiful voice but my goodness she is growing up, also beautifully! As always the mulled wine, prepared by Pat and Janet, was delicious and very welcome.
Christingle this year was also very successful, with a full church, about half of whom were children. Linda and her team of willing helpers produced all the gorgeous and delicious oranges and this year Henry was our generous sponsor. So, many thanks to you all.
Next I must admit that, although I was sorry to miss our Christingle Service, I was actually sad to miss Adrian’s Midnight Eucharist. Linda tells me it was a lovely service. Our family meets for Christmas on alternate years only, so every moment is treasured. However, it does make the midnight Eucharist even more special on those alternate years, bereft of family.
The following Sunday it was a real treat to enter St. Stephens – Fred’s magnificent tree was illuminated, balanced by Marlene’s beautiful flower arrangement, the candles on the altar and the Crib scene. It was both very welcoming and comforting, in equal measure. It was then an added pleasure to share the service, presided over by Adrian, with Nick and so many very welcome friends from St. Martins.
So, our thanks go to everyone for both another Happy Christmas and another happy year at St. Stephens. Especial thanks must go to Judith and Janet, Linda and Pat, and to Mary for all our music, at all our events - the solemn and joyful tunes – and sometimes the little happy bouncy ones. Our thanks go too to Fred for his unfailingly service and to Hazel for all the coffee times.
In fact there is a list of names within the St. Stephens family that should be mentioned but it would look a little silly, so please consider yourselves very much thanked and very much appreciated for all your efforts and kindness throughout the year.
One last thank you to the clergy team for all their support and to say we now look forward to – and wish you all – a very peaceful, happy and healthy New Year.
On behalf of everyone here at St. Stephens Janie Grinstead