We will be decorating the Church for Christmas on Saturday 22ndDecember from 9.30am. Please bring greenery to put around the church and on the window sills and white or silver flower arrangements. Come and help if you possibly can so that the Church will be ready for our Christmas celebrations.
We will need plenty of help to clear up the Church on Monday
7thJanuaryfrom 9.30am. Please make a note in your new diary and don't leave this important task to the 'faithful few'!
Date of next meeting:
Our next meeting will take place on Tuesday 22ndJanuary 2019 at 10.30am. for 11.00am. at Thistley House, Gosmore, home of Anne Steel.
With the New Year not far away it is time to ask people if they would like to sponsor/continue to sponsor the church floodlights that are on every evening. The current floodlights were installed and ran on Christmas Eve 1999 for the first time. We have had some problems over the years, but the lights are now 19 years old. Some may have noticed that one of the lights which lights the west end of the tower is missing as it was found smashed. Needless to say, the same type of light is no longer available.
We have therefore decided to replace all the floodlights with LED systems and the contractor who installed all the LED lighting in church is going to do this. One of the benefits of doing this is that all the lamps will give the same colourand this should not change whereas the metal halide lamps in the current fixtures become more yellow and less bright as they age.
This year we are continuing our sponsorship programme for the lights. It is still £15 per weekand you may want to sponsor in memory of people, events, etc. You may select as many weeks as you wish. I ideally like cheques made out to ‘St Ippolyts Church’ so that I can keep accurate track of payments. If you would like to sponsor as ‘anonymous’ then that is fine too.
By the time you see this the sign-up board will be at the back of the church along with a calendar showing the week numbers highlighted. If you have any queries, please let me know.
All of your wonderful shoeboxes have now left on their journeys to the people who will receive them but, when I drafted this article for PAX, I was surrounded by all 68 of them stacked in my living room for safe keeping. It really is quite amazing just how much room 68 shoeboxes take up. (Many more and I would have been in danger of losing sight of Christine)!!
A huge thank you to all of you who have contributed in so many ways by knitting, donating and actually doing all of the boxes. This year roughly ⅔of the boxes were for families and ⅓were for the elderly. What a huge difference they are going to make to so many people (both young and old) once they arrive this Christmas. So, on behalf of Link to Hope, THANK YOU EVERYONE.