On the first Saturday in July the Brew & Blether group hosted a special strawberry afternoon tea. It was much enjoyed by those who attended.
A consignment of 20 hats and two scarves, courtesy of our Secret Knitters, has been delivered to the Diocesan Office for the Mission to Seafarers.Given the weather we have had of late, I am sure that they will be very much appreciated.
With thanks to our wonderful Secret Knitters, another parcel of wee jackets, hats and colourful blankets has been sent to the charity Knit for Peace.
A few days after Margaret sent the parcel she got the following letter:‘Dear St.Cuthbert’s Episcopal Church
I am delighted to say that we have received your wonderful knitted donations. We look forward to delivering the knitted items, as they will undoubtedly make a big difference to those in need. Thank you for your support, we truly appreciate it.’
A Burns Supper at St.Cuthbert’s has been a tradition for many years; the format however changes. This year, after the Haggis had been piped in by Cameron & addressed by Kate there was a traditional Burns Supper provided by Haddows Catering. People had been asked to BYOB, the photo shows the assortment of drinks they brought. During the meal an impromptu competition was started after one of the diners started to sketch on the paper tablecloth. Others joined in, Ceri got the prize after sketching her fellow diners at table 3. After the meal there was an Evening of Verse and Music in honour of Burns.
On Sunday 19th November we had a Toilet Twinning Sunday.See more at https://www.toilettwinning.org/ about the idea of Toilet Twinning.
Having ascertained that everybody in the church had the use of a toilet in their home, our young people gave a graphic presentation about what they would do if they had no toilet. One of them produced a spade, another a bucket and another a plastic bag. We thought about what it would be like to live without a toilet.
On 26th November, Stir Up Sunday, there was a ‘picnic’ lunch following the 10.30am service. As well as filling our own picnic bag, there were stalls where some of the congregation were selling things they had made, there was also a tombola and a model railway challenge.
Between the collection on the first Sunday and the sales from the second, over £650 was raised. The aim was to ‘twin’ our 3 church toilets @ £60 per toilet but it now looks as if we can twin at least 10 toilets.
3rd December update. Over £800 has now been collected!
Margaret writes: “Thanks are due to our Band of Secret Knitters.
If you are wondering how to pass the long, dark winter nights, perhaps you would consider knitting hats or scarves for the Mission to Seafarers or little jackets for babies. There are patterns in the knitting box in the Baptistry”. A consignment of bright, cosy hats and scarves has been delivered to the Diocesan Office. As there has been a significant drop in the temperature I am sure that those sailors fortunate to receive a hat will be most grateful.
Another parcel has been sent to the charity Knit for Peace which sends knitted items to areas of the world in need of warm clothing.
On Sunday 3rd September we marked the beginning of the school year with a lively service followed by a BBQ for our youngsters and families. The readings and prayers were led by our teenagers. The younger children enjoyed playing Follow my Leader down the aisle with Nicki as part of the sermon and joining in the actions for some of the hymns. The sun shone on our church garden for a tasty BBQ: a chance to swap holiday stories, meet new friends and for the children to bond over games.