We are very sorry to announce that the Christingle Service has been cancelled for today because of the bad weather conditions.
Sunday 17th December 4.30pm
Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
St Mary’s Church
Afterwards Get together for Mulled Wine
Room in the Inn…..
There is an old Mexican custom known as Posada which uses the idea of people dressed as Mary and Joseph travelling round their village knocking at doors to enquire who might give them hospitality. Our Stevington Travelling Crib, following this tradition, is blessed on Advent Sunday and starts its journey, completing the journey at Christmas.
All are warmly encouraged to take part: individuals, families, old and young to offer a resting place to the Crib for the night. You become both Travellers and Hosts in turn and are given a few words of explanation and contact details beforehand. Those who have agreed to take part are asked to take responsibility for contacting the people either side of them on the journey to make arrangements which suit them both. Thus, the Crib makes its journey from one house to the next through Advent.
If you would like to take part, please sign the board in the Church Room, as we need to plan the journey. Should you like to know more details, please contact Alison during the coming weeks. Alison 826352 email@example.com
Christingle Family Service
Please come to our candlelit service
SUNDAY 10th DECEMBER 4pm ST MARY’S CHURCH
Refreshments. All proceeds to the Children’s Society
A fun and creative fundraising afternoon with local stained glass artist, Annette Jackson, to make seasonal decorative window panels & decorations for the Christmas tree.
As the Church Room filled with locally foraged foliage and beautiful decorations we were eager to be guided by florist, Ann Prigmore. The music played, mulled wine and mince pies were enjoyed and the conversation was lively. In a couple of hours we had all created a beautifully festive and unique wreath to adorn our home this Christmas time. This will become an annual event on our Friends of St Mary’s calendar.
Heart and Music return to Stevington.
A wonderful varied programme of music and songs, from swing to gospel, show-tunes to original compositions plus some amusing poetry!
Thank you for coming.
Lest we forget.
Service of Remembrance at the War Memorial, St Mary’s.
It was a cold but fine morning, and there was a goodly crowd from the the Baptist Chapel and St Mary’s, for the usual moving service. The hymns were accompanied by Bedford Brass who also provided two young trumpeters for the Last Post and Reveille, and Richard Galley played the mournful Pipers Lament.
As usual a very enjoyable supper was had by the 60 visitors, with a quiz and raffle to keep busy, and the evening wrapped up with some community singing enthusiastically led by Like Robinson and Andrew Young duetting on the piano.
The Songs of Praise service on the Sunday was another great ‘sing-along’ session, with some interesting readings, and a couple of pieces by our ever more adventurous choir.
A team of five ladies lead by Anna Hart embarked on an ambitious walk covering 9 miles and 6 Churches in Stevington, Clapham and Bromham (in not too clement weather) and Robert Eadie walked into Bedford (where the churches are rather more closely grouped) and managed to visit 23 churches. Between them, and with the generous support of sponsors, they raised over £500 for the Historic Churches Trust, of which half comes back to our Parish.