Our September magazine has just been published full of plenty to read and discover for this coming month.
We kick off with the Autumn Fayre (on Saturday, September 4, at St John’s Church, 12-4pm) then take a look at our new monthly craft market, get ready for Harvest, meet our new Youth Minister, have a think about Living in Love and Faith, and look forward to the Confirmation service on September 19. There’s a message from Anne Young in Cornwall, a huge thank-you to Wendy Edwards who is retiring, some thoughts on the changes ahead from the Church Cat and lots more, including local businesses who advertise and support us in our work.
To read all about it, download your copy below, or if you would prefer a printed version email the editor, Stella Wiseman.
Crafters and others will be selling their wares at a Christmas Fayre which will take place on 13th December from 2-5pm at St George’s Church, Badshot Lea
The congregation at St George’s have decided to bring a bit of Christmas Spirit to Badshot Lea this year and hold a Christmas Fayre.
It will be great fun, crafters selling their wares, yummy cakes to buy or to eat, a tombola, book stall and lots of other fun to be had.
Parish Priest The Revd. Lesley Crawley said:
“People remember with great fondness the annual parish fete in Badshot Lea which was held in the old vicarage gardens. When the new vicarage was built, there wasn’t room for the fete in the little garden and sadly the event fizzled out. We wanted to start a new community event in the village and decided that a Christmas Fayre inside the church sounded like fun.”
The message of Christmas is everlasting – but the ways it is celebrated can change and at St Mark’s Church, Upper Hale, things look set to get messy this December.
With its elements of food, crafts and stories ‘Messy Church’ was established a decade ago to help make church more fun and accessible for families who might not ordinarily go to church – and the monthly Messy Church services at St Mark’s set up in the spring are already proving popular.
Alongside the traditional services in the Parish including the Carol Services, the Crib Services and the Midnight Mass services, this year for the first time there will be a Messy Christmas on Thursday 11 December at 3:30pm at St Mark’s Church.
And to make sure local residents don’t miss out on the opportunity to attend a service of their choice the parish will be delivering its own Christmas card to all of the 5,600 homes in the parish listing all the services.
Messy Church team leader Alison Stickland said: “Without giving too much away there will be lots of cotton wool, glitter, sticking and colouring with some seasonal cake and biscuit decorating! As well as food for thought we promise a seasonal tea, with sandwiches and jelly for little ones and adults alike. Christmas is a time to bring people together, everyone is welcome, we would love to see new faces – do come and join in the celebrations.”
Parish Priest the Revd Lesley Crawley said: “We are delighted that Messy Church has become so popular, with 40-50 people now coming along each month, aged 0 to 70. We have an amazing team of volunteers who have caught the spirit of Messy Church and indeed many of them will be out and about posting the Christmas cards in the coming weeks. Do say hello and ask them about any of our services!”
St Mark’s Church is in Alma Lane, GU9 0LT.