5th January 2020
St Bart’s is closed for remodelling.
All services normally held in the church will be in the Village Hall.
Re-opening approximately end of Feb to Middle of March 2020.
Carols and Readings with Sound & Light. Christmas Eve Service 24th Dec. 2019.
The church was full to bursting on Christmas Eve for our annual carol service, with Ruth Edge playing the organ and the Weaver Quintet accompanying her. As the readings by villagers and members of the congregation were heard, interspersed with favourite carols, the lighting effects changed with colours, sparkles and stars. Videos of the Annunciation and Star of Bethlehem appeared and the quintet played a Selection of Old Carols by Gustav Holst. The Rev. Anne led prayers and gave the final Christmas Blessing before the service ended with Images of Christ on the big screen, extra lighting effects and ‘Who wants to Live Forever’ sung by Collabro. Thank you to all who came, from both near and far, to join us in our celebration of the Birth of Christ.
We had a great crowd for our Messy Nativity play with most of the children choosing to take part and dressing up. We lit the fourth candle in our advent crown and we were pleased to welcome visitors from far and near. Four legged “Alfie” came with his special jumper on and was the centre of attention for patting. Afterwards came refreshments and games, pinning the nose on Rudolf and passing the parcel where everyone won an activity book for Christmas. Merry Christmas to all our friends, we hope you have a lovely time and especially remember those who have moved away from the village in the past year and can no longer be with us.
The ladies seemed to enjoy themselves and all went home with door wreaths and table arrangements.
Rachael, Jane and Elizabeth even found time to make a garland of ribbons, there are some creative ladies in the village!
They enjoyed a delicious lunch of soup and bread and of course plenty of mince pies.
The group raised £110 towards church funds!
It was a great crowd that turned up for our annual Carols round the Tree gathering this year, but after a day of rain, we stayed inside to avoid the soggy churchyard. The TCTC Group Band did is proud as they went through a repertoire of carols in three sections, with mulled wine, glasses of wine, orange juice, Christmas cake, sweets, mince pies, crisps and snacks, available in every break. John told a story of a remembered Christmas from a young girls life and the Rev. Anne gave a ‘Thank You’ speech at the end and wished everyone a Merry Christmas.
Thank you to all who helped and attended this free evening, held to say thank you from the church, for the help and support of everyone throughout the year.
Children flocked to church this morning to spend time preparing for Christmas doing all kinds of crafts.
There was writing to Santa, making clay or wooden tree decorations, nativities to make, figures to dress, fir cones to decorate and cards to make.
Refreshments were provided, including juice, ice creams, cake and biscuits and as the music played there was great activity at every table.
Well done to the Messy Church team who provided all the materials and organised a great, fun event.
From Liz Boote, 23rd Nov 2019
It was fun this morning! Thanks to you all for your invaluable help. If I’m not mistaken it was our best turnout yet with 26 kids (at last count). I counted 50 people in total. It was certainly cozy 🙂
There’s also been some super feedback with comments like “I haven’t been in this church before, isn’t it beautiful!”, “The kids have had a fantastic time, please let me know about future messy church sessions” and “Even my ‘too cool for school’ son had a great time”.
So all positive! And thankfully I didn’t lose any kids during the reindeer hunt – phew! 😉