CELEBRATION OF CHRISTMAS

Sunday 4th December saw the second year of the Christmas celebration evenings at the Church. Planned to coincide with the lighting of the tree on the Green, the celebration evening is an invitation to all the village to come to the Church and take part in an event that reminds us of the real meaning of Christmas whilst sharing some time with neighbours and friends in the beautiful surroundings of All Saints.

The formula continues to be popular and the Church was again nearly full with well over 80 people there. Many decided to come along after the tree lighting whilst others came just for the evening.

The village folk band played whilst people were arriving and this provided a superb and inviting entrance to the Church. The Benefice choir was out in force as last year and gave the basis for many of the carols as well as singing versions of 'People look East' and the amazing 'The Glory of God' from the Messiah.

It was great to her the hand bells rung again led by Jane Ginns and there were readings by Tony Price, Liz Clarke and Linda Warren.

The new All Saints Youth Group served refreshments and welcomed people as they arrived and many people stayed after the event to enjoy fellowship and stories over a glass of bubbly and mince pies.

Many thanks to Julie Connell for drawings this all together and to all those who made it happen on the day including Roger and Ruth Wallet and Rob Leveritt who organised the excellent Carols booklet provided by the Hope project in Rugby which we hope some people will have taken home to use over the Christmas period.

I had several people approach me after the event saying that they felt that the Church is gaining a reputation for extending its work into the community which is of course one of our principal aims.