St Stephen’s Church, Carlby – Dec 2021

CHURCH CLEANERS AND FLOWER ARRANGERS FOR DECEMBER

CHURCH FLOWERS 5th and 12th ADVENT no flowers

19th and 25th Christmas decorators

CHURCH CLEANER Mrs E. Barton

WHAT’S HAPPENING AT ST STEPHEN’S?

The last day in October was a memorable one in terms of weather! The wind howled around the Church and branches were shed from the trees in the churchyard. Fortunately, David Burke and friends had just felled dead elm trees along the northern boundary. A survey of the trees is due to take place so that we can be aware of any work which needs to be carried out on them to keep everyone safe. Generally, it makes sense to avoid walking through the churchyard during gale force winds.

The All-Age Remembrance Service was organised by Suzanne Over with many villagers taking part including serving and veteran Servicemen and women. The Church bell marked the beginning and end of the two-minute silence. A cross was placed on the Village Green and a wreath was laid by Rob Powell. Jam Club youngsters had made poppy crosses the previous Sunday and these were added.

A lovely CALENDAR has been produced using photographs from the competition which Pauline Crampin organised during the summer. They will make excellent Christmas gifts at £6 each and will be available at the Winter Fair in the Village Hall on 11th December and in the Church.

Excitement is building for our Christmas services. JAM CLUB on 5th December is followed by the ALL-AGE SERVICE at 10.30am on 12th December. A NATIVITY TRAIL round the village begins that weekend with different scenes from the Christmas Story being displayed in 11 locations. A competition around the Trail will run during that week with a Treasure Hunt Quiz for youngsters to complete. Leaflets with all the information will be delivered to each home. The CAROL SERVICE will be at 4pm on 19th December. On CHRISTMAS DAY we will have a Christmas Celebration at 10.30am. Sunday 26th December will be a day of rest and thankfulness!

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