However a break in the weather ensured we had larger attendances for our final services of the year when our fantastic all singing, dancing members put on a wonderful Carol Service to end 2010. According to some participants their aches and pains afterwards just about ended them! We also received very generous contributions to our charity appeals so an enormous thanks for your kindness. Charities are struggling to raise funds in the current economic downturn so all donations are very welcome. We have always had concern for animal welfare in our church but just as welcome as financial help is a visit as animals are desperately seeking loving homes. Many such visits by members have resulted in wonderful experiences for all concerned. I know, speaking from personal experience: ours is Sophie the Staffie.
By the time you read this the church will be open for public services once more. Although we say the church closes for a few weeks at Christmas that is not strictly true. The pastoral life of the church continues and phone calls and requests are always answered as soon as possible. While there is great joy during the festive period it can also be a very sad and depressing time for some of our members and a visit or phone call is very welcome. So if you haven’t seen members for a while try to get in touch or mention it to a committee member.
We have a busy year ahead so keep watching for forthcoming events and make sure you don’t miss out on the interesting activities that will take place. And remember all those worthwhile New Year Resolutions that seemed so good on the 1st of January!!!!.
June Herraghty BA, MSc.
President and Minister