Friday, January 21, 2011

November and December 2010

Due to a combination of bad weather, ill-health and overwork we are a bit behind with the blogging, so here are the highlights of the last two months.
For a couple of days before 6th November there was preparation for the catering and the rest of the event. worthy of comment is the effort of David who stripped the turf from the site of the bonfire before the event, (not to mention putting it all back again afterwards).
Susannah preached at the "Christians against Poverty" Service and Jonathan celebrated communion in the evening.
The planning meeting on 10th and the "Created" Christmas fayre on the 13th both had to be prepared for.
Susannah preached at our Philadelphia church on Sunday morning the 14th.
On Thursday 18th we went to the Chrtistmas Fayre at Christ Church Fulwood.
Saturday 20th was the occasion of the visit of the Union President to the Sheffield Circuit, and we celebratoed this with a meal at our Richmond church. The general Secretary, Rev. Colin Braithwaite preached at Mayfield as part of this visit. On Sunday 21st Susannah preached at Tapton Hill Congregational Church in the afternoon, and Jonathan preached at Denby Dale at 6-00p.m. This latter requiring a train journey and being picked up at Denby Dale station.
Jonathan preached at Mayfield on 28th .
Thursday 2nd December was due to be the circuit meeting, but this was cancelled due to the frost.
Susannah preached at the evening communion on 5th Dec. This was the last scheduled regular evening communion service, due to our decision to hold these services on an "as announced" basis from now on.
Susannah organised the coffee morning on the morning of 11th, and Jonathan preached at Elsecar chapel on Sunday at 6-00p.m. Susannah sang at this service. The train arrives at Elsecar station at about 2 minutes to six! so the secretary started the service without us with the announcements and the first hymn.
The five courses and carols required a great deal of advance shopping and preparation for a couple of days beforehand. On the day, the meal was a little late starting, because the people who were going to grit the paths and get the place ready were travelling by bus, which terminated early due to the frost!
The rest of the month featured the carol service, carol singing round the valley and the Christmas Day service, a good time was had by all.