Despite the cold winter’s evening, St Mary’s gave a warm welcome to villagers and friends who came to the wonderful candlelit celebration of Nine Lessons and Carols on Sunday 17th. The choir, organist and readers surpassed themselves in their telling of the Advent and Christmas story and the carved angels in the roof must have smiled with joy as the congregation sang out.
Many thanks to all those who helped to make this a memorable service which brought our community together in song and story. We are particularly grateful to Fearn for starting our service with the solo 1st verse of ‘Once in Royal’.
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.
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.