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62 Trees were decorated for the festival.
Each one raising money for a different charity.
The one in the foreground was made by Lighthouse, and it represented the Christmas journey.
The Christingle itself refers to the symbolic object made up of the following 4 parts.
An orange - representing the world
A red ribon or tape - inticating the blood/love of Christ.
A lighted candle - symbolising Jesus, the Light of the World.
Four cocktail sticks bearing dried fruit and/or sweets - signifying the four seasons the fruits of the earth and God's good gifts.
The other quiz was organised by Wendy – we had to guess the 1st 2 lines of a harvest hymn after she had played the 1st few chords!
We had fun trying to guess 18 farming implements
And came up with some very interesting ideas
There is one farmer’s wife on this table who should know what this one is!
Phil Hope our Tower Captain
An enjoyable hobby
Contact Phil on 01460 55733 if you are interested in joining us we will teach you!
Lighthouse Harvest Banner
The children bring up their Harvest Hifts which will go to the Lord’s Larder
Rob brought some rather small seeds from this year’s harvest to illustrate his talk
Claire a Reader led the service
The singing was led by the Music Group
Seen here watching one of the Power Point Presentations
Using pom-poms to celebrate crossing the Red Sea!
The powerful Power Point prayer presentation, also involved the congregation praying for the country by meditating on a copper coin (copper mining is one of the main industries), a maize seed (an important crop), and a photograph.
In spite of the weather about £1200 was raised
The links were decorated with crowns and prayers for the Queen, and the children's friends and family etc.
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This was a United Service
With the Minster and Community Church leading prayers, and the Quakers and Mayor doing the Readings.
The Address was by the Roman Catholics
The Children’s talk and craft activities were led by the Methodists.
A crown made during the craft activity.
Everyone has left
Final carol by candlelight
The Mayor Carol Goodall and Town councilors commit themselves to undertake their civic duties and serve the community to the best of their abilities.
As part of the service we saw a short film of the inspiring story of the transformation which has taken place in coffee-farming communities in Nicaragua. To view click on the link below. http://www.christianaid.org.uk/getinvolved/christianaidweek/films-for-christian-aid-week.aspx
Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane
The empty tomb
Lydia Munday (a member of our congregation, who in the past, with her husband Steve has served with the International Nepal Fellowship, in Nepal) updates us about the work of INF at our annual Nepal Service and Gift Day.
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Members of the Mothers’ Union during the Sunday morning service at St Luke’s Cathedral
Very busy market area in Chipata
Lesley and Nigel with Father Dennis Milanzi, formerly the Dean at Msoro
Premature babies in incubators at St Francis Hospital, Katete
Accommodation in Msoro
Lunch during the day trip to Soul Survivor
The J@S group invited members of the congregation to an informal worship service, which was thoroughly enjoyed by All Ages.