World Vision & Pumpkin Heroes at Marbury

World Vision is the world’s largest international children’s charity, working to bring real hope to millions of children in the world’s hardest places. And we do it all as a sign of God’s unconditional love.

Poverty, conflict and disaster leave millions of children living in fear. Fear of hunger and disease. Fear of violence, conflict and exploitation. Fear that robs them of a childhood.

World Vision provide their ‘Pumpkin Heroes’ packs to churches and children’s groups as an alternative to Halloween. This years pack included a storybook about Patch the Pumpkin, a young pumpkin who sets out on an adventure to discover how sharing our light and love keeps us all warm as we head towards the dark winter nights. It celebrates light rather than darkness as we traditionally do at Halloween.

Rebecca used the pack for our October Storytime session. After listening to the story the children made paper pumpkin lanterns, which are currently on display in St Michaels, and Pumpkin hearts. World Vision were kind enough to share our efforts on their Facebook page

Opera Gala St Alkmunds

What a treat for opera buffs !  Peter Edge is organising an Autumn Evening of Opera on Saturday 28th October  at 7:30.

The programme includes arias and ensembles from Mozart’s Magic Flute & Figaro, Verdi’s La Traviata, Puccini’s La Boheme, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel and many more!
Please do come along, everyone would be more than welcome!

Confirmation Service

You are INVITED by Veronica to attend a joint celebration of Confirmation at St Chad’s, Tushingham at 11:00am on 29th October.  The confirmation service will be presided over by Bishop Keith Sinclair, The Bishop of Birkenhead. Refreshments afterwards.  Please do come and make a good show for the Bishop.  This will be especially appreciated by Veronica, and the candidates will appreciate your support as we welcome them into the family of the church.

Whitewell Harvest Festival and Harvest Supper

Our Harvest Festival service this year was a delightful Family Service, at which children enacted the key message of the sermon by trying to put together some pieces of railway track into a viable model railway.  The problem was that one group had all the straight pieces, and the other had all the curves, so neither group was successful.  Musical entertainment was provided by Jenny Ralphs who accompanied the children on the piano.  The message from the game, of course, was that we need to work together and share in order to succeed.  A collection of produce was made.  That which was suitable was passed on to the Whitchurch Food Bank, while fresh produce was later sold off at The Harvest Supper.  The money raised, and the collection plate from the service were also shared with the Foodbank.  Around 70 people enjoyed our traditional Harvest Supper in the Parish Rooms, of cottage pie and mushy peas, followed by fruit pie and cream.  In another demonstration of sharing, all the food was supplied by members of the congregation.  Church Warden Carolyn Wort, and the Rector, Revd. Veronica, thanked all those who had helped and supported the event.