Happy St Michael’s Day, happy Harvest and welcome to the newly reordered cafe and church! It’s amazing - and that’s not just my opinion. So many people have been in to have a look around because they have been following the updates posted on facebook. They have not been disappointed.
The efforts that have been above and beyond for some members of the church community have well and truly paid off.
We had our Harvest lunch celebrations and lots of members of the community joined us for the service and ploughman’s lunch afterwards. Some also joined us after the service for lunch. I didn’t count how many were there but every brand-new chair was taken... I did notice Gwen wobbling about a bit - I think she needs a smaller chair! The church looked magnificent. The group of ladies who came in on Saturday to arrange the flowers did themselves proud. The arrangements included vegetables, conkers, cans and fruit - a good harvest feel in vibrant colours. Thank you, all of you, for making St Michael’s bright and beautiful!
During the service, there were craft activities which were a great hit with the children. I think Philippa and Kate enjoyed it as much as the children did! I have to say, it was lovely to see so many families amongst us. I didn’t get chance to say hello to those who have been customers in the cafe but it was so good to see them and oh how the children grow! Thank you for coming.
Joan Baker read the first reading from the newly restored pulpit. What a joy it is to hear Joan read. She does it so well.
Ian Young has been on his hands and knees lots during this reordering. I’m sure he has had to say a prayer or two... He has been helped by Karey, who has had to put up with me calling them bodgit and scraper! Nothing could be further from the truth. The commitment to the job in hand by all involved has been commendable. Thank you - from somebody who spends a lot of time in this place. I feel sure I have missed important things and thanks out - sorry about that if it was you - it’s not been intentional.
We had a surprise visitor to the cafe last weekend – Bunny. It’s been ages but those of you who know her from the cafe will be pleased to hear that she’s looking and doing really well. Steven and Justin brought her over from Woodley to say hello and to have breakfast of course. It was fabulous to see them all. When things like that happen, it always feels like a great gift, an unexpected and wonderful surprise. I often think that I must ring Bunny to see how she is, however, I get distracted by life and don’t make the call. So, when she turns up out of the blue, it’s great (once I’ve explained the guilty feelings away.) Just so you know, there are loads of you out there who have come to mean so much to us here at the church. If you haven’t heard from us, it’s not because we don’t care it’s because we are waiting for you to just turn up! Don’t ever think we don’t care - because we do, honest!
This week saw the return of Emily – yay! She has lots of news to share and would love to see you on a Friday afternoon. Emily has had the summer off to do her own thing but was so excited to be back! Emily soon remembered the routine and her networking skills have definitely improved.
Mike is a new member of our church family. Look what he brought in to show us - all his own work. Mike is a great conversationalist so, if you’re passing and he’s here, join him. He’d love that!
Now for the Christmas Fayre, taking place on Saturday 8th December... The lovely Mrs Christmas Butler (read in a northern accent please!) and all her wonderful helpers are preparing in their workshops for our wonderous Christmas Fayre. Donations of unwanted but lovely gifts, bottles in date and tombola items would be gratefully received. Call in for more details.
Lorraine, I just wanted to say how lovely it was to see you, have a catch up and hear all your exciting news. Also thank you for agreeing to make us some Angels again. I love them, as do so many admirers. Perhaps there should be a workshop?
Our Christmas Dinner will take place on Boxing Day again this year. If you know anybody or you are somebody who may well be contemplating spending Boxing Day alone, then please don’t hesitate to come and see us in the cafe. Last year, several members off the community donated things like wine, crackers and after dinner mints. If you’d like to make a donation, all gifts will be gratefully received. Please call in to the cafe if you’d like any more information and grab a coffee at the same time!
If you look carefully at the photo of George, he has a rich tea biscuit on the top of his glass with a straw going through it. What a fabulous idea, especially when the wasps are about! Thank you, George, for sharing your idea with us!
I’d like to welcome Jean Leslie to the cafe as a new volunteer. Jean started recently and it’s fabulous to have her with us.
It’s been so lovely seeing friends, old and new, coming into the church. Please keep on doing just that. Take care of each other. Heartfelt thanks for all of your support.
Debbie and the cafe volunteers
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