4th December: Wednesday Church looks ahead to Christmas
Photos: Brian Kilham
It was a pleasure to welcome Revd Joy Carter to a Celebratory Tea Party given in her honour as she retires. Friends from St Peter's and further afield thanked her with a presentation of a bird bath and garden centre voucher to enhance her new garden. Her friend Rowena gave an appreciation of all that Joy had done for the Church and wished her well for the future, after which we all ate a splendid tea.
30th November: Many thanks to all those who made the Advent Fair so successful
At their December meeting of St John's Guild there was a distinct Christmas flavour. After the communion service at which Revd Hannah assisted Revd Joy to officiate we were entertained by the Wallingford hand bell ringers who played a selection of Christmas music. The tables were decorated in festive style with Christmas crackers, and tea included mince pies and a superb fruit Christmas cake. An unexpected visitor came in the shape of Jetero a beautiful 'apprentice' guide dog for the blind with his trainer Pauline.
Our advent course this year focused on the spirituality of music and was led by members of our congregation after the 10am Sunday Eucharist. Hugh gave a detailed musical introduction into the opening movement of Haydn's Symphony No. 92. Jenna chose Howard Goodall's setting of the 23rd Psalm (made famous as the opening tune to "The Vicar of Dibley") which was first sung by the choir. She told us that it was the first anthem she sang as an eight year old chorister and spoke of how she valued the contrast in the music as it did not ignore the difficult and challenging times of life. It was a pleasure to hear Jenna singing the solo.
During the 10.00am service it was a real pleasure to welcome Daniel Edward Cooper into the Lord's Family. Judging by his reaction it is probably true to say that he did not particularly enjoy being anointed, but was all smiles afer the event!
The Quiz 'n' Chips evening was won by the Saints and Sinners for the second consecutive month knocking the Choir out of first place. The wooden spoon was won by the Magnificent 7. (Click here for results). The charity raffle raised £230 for the South & Vale Young Carers.
It was a great pleasure to welcome back Revd Keith Kinnaird and his wife Pam for All Saints Sunday.
In the afternoon we celebrated All Souls with a choral service at which those recently bereaved were able to remember their loved ones.