Carol Service on December 23rd
Linda Cole led our Carol Service ably helped by Eloise Fowler who read the lesson and related the Nativity story in which the members of our Sunday Club took part. The story was told from the view point of a shepherd boy. Those taking part were Luke, Sam and Briony Medland. Freya and Dean Bailey, Oliver and Jack Hopper, Harry and Grace Stuckey, Arabella and Scarlett Uglow, Ruby Orchard with extra characters played by Andrew and Emily Medland and Jason Stuckey. Linda read an inspirational piece about 4 candles no not those Fork handles but four candles how candle 1 Peace, candle 2 Faith and candle 3 Love all went out because they were no longer felt needed but the 4th candle Hope said as long as I am burning there is hope for peace, faith and love to be rekindled and relit. With Hope each one of us can live a life with Peace, Faith and Love. She thanked Justin Uglow our organist and all the parents who had supported their children with learning their words and providing costumes. Linda also needs our thanks as it was her vision to start the Sunday Club and with the help of the parents they meet fortnightly. Any other children who would like to join would be more than welcome.
The children’s were presented with books by John Stanbury who told the children that he still had books which were presented to him many years ago at Whitstone Sunday School! Fellowship continued afterwards with drinks and mince pies being served by the ladies. Half of the collection £106 the money collected instead of sending Christmas cards to chapel members £24 and a £20 donation making a total of £150 which will be sent to Action for Children. Thank you to everyone who helped to make this a meaningful morning of the true reason for Christmas, the birth of Jesus.
Carols around the indoor Christmas Tree
Due to the forecast of heavy rain showers the carols around the tree took place not in the car park around the village Christmas tree but inside the Sunday School Hall! There was a good attendance of parishioners as well as some welcome visitors. Thanks go to our Parish Council for providing the grant money to pay for the tree and the lights. Nick Furse our Parish Council Chairman welcomed everyone. Thanks go to Tony Littlewood for playing the carols on the piano with Hilary Littlewood and Derek Veale accompanying him on the violin. The children came to the front and sang Away in a Manger and helped hand out sweets to everyone and went around with the collection buckets at the end collecting £124. 47p. £30 was donated at the Sunday Club Coffee Morning so £154.47 has been sent to St Petroc’s the refuge for the homeless in Cornwall. Thanks also go to the ladies of the chapel who decorated the hall and made and served mince pies and drinks afterwards.
The Sunday School Anniversary which was always held on the first Sunday in June was reintroduced this year with an All Age Worship Service led by Mrs Sue Griffin. The children from The Sunday Club took part. With the help of their leaders Linda Cole and Pearl Hopper they had started making a garden by arranging the foliage, during the service they came up at intervals and added flowers. They also sang some action songs with Sue and Luke Medland had learnt a poem about A Garden. Sue brought the theme of the service together with readings about the creation of the first garden, the Garden of Gethsemane and the final garden in Revelation. A service with a message for everyone.
The coffee morning at the Methodist Sunday School Hall takes place on the first Tuesday of every month. Please feel free to come along and join us. 10.30 a.m. until 12.00 noon. If transport is a problem just contact Margaret Stanbury 341332 and we will arrange for someone to pick you up. It would be good to see you there!!
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About The Chapel
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The Methodist Chapel is in the centre of the village, with a private car park on the opposite side of the road. The present chapel was opened in 1864 by Frederick W Bourne.