Thank you to all who support St Mary’s
Thanks are due to so many people who work in so many and different ways, often quietly and without seeking recognition, to make our church a place of warmth and welcome for the whole of Charlton Kings. At this time of year it is right that we should publicly recognise some of those people who play an important part in the whole life, mission and ministry of St Mary’s.
Of course, St Mary’s would be nothing without its faithful congregations who attend the regular services on Sundays and on Thursdays – it is the prayer of the faithful who fill the pews which gives the church building its soul. During lockdown the lack of prayer being offered regularly noticeably affected the atmosphere – so thank you for returning to the pews and maintaining that constant flow of prayer and worship and may you all have a very happy and peaceful Christmas.
Derrick Walker – a HUGE THANK YOU . . .
. . for all you do so quietly and efficiently for St Mary’s, especially during the Advent season. For the past couple of weeks as the procession of school rehearsals (and a couple of funerals) have taken place, Derrick has been in church for several hours each day to ensure that everything is working. So much that Derrick does is behind the scenes but we all benefit, not least in coming into a warm church for services and organising the beautiful Christmas tree which all who come into church admire.
Included in these thanks we should also recognise Mervyn Roberts who has assisted Derrick in putting up and taking down the staging several times in the past fortnight – not an easy task, especially if you value your fingers! Thank you Merv.
Church Flowers – Thank you . . .
. . to Margaret Walker and the team of Flower Arrangers who work so hard to beautify St Mary’s Sunday by Sunday and particularly at festival times.
We also thank everyone who responded to the appeal for donations towards the cost of flowers to decorate St Mary’s for Christmas. Donations are welcome throughout the year and especially before festivals when we make a special effort to decorate St Mary’s appropriately.
As with most things, the cost of cut flowers has risen in recent times so the Flower Fund is still not as healthy as it once was. Why not consider sponsoring flowers for special occasions – an anniversary or thanksgiving for example. Margaret would be happy to discuss options if you are interested in this possibility.
Organist and Choir – Thank you . . .
. . . to John Clift and to the Choir for leading the musical offering in our worship. After the restrictions of lockdown when we relied much on soloists, primarily Erika Fletcher and Alison Talbot, it is good to have the Choir back in numbers – though John would welcome expressions of interest from potential new choristers, especially from children aged 8 and above.
Technical Team – Thank you . . .
. . . Martin Grinter, Peter Ryan and Peter Aylott who have been both tireless and inventive in providing high quality streamed services for people to watch at home as well the technology needed to assist the clergy and congregation present in church.
Mince Pies and Mulled Wine – Thank you . . .
. . . to Sean, a member of the 10:00am congregation, who has kindly provided mince pies and mulled wine for refreshments after the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.
Holy Dusters – Thank you . . .
. . . for giving up your Saturday mornings every two weeks to come in to clean and tidy St Mary’s ready for Sunday and other services.
Comfort and Joy project – Thank you . . .
. . . to all who have supported our initiative to bring the joy of Christ’s coming to those who need it particularly this Christmas. We’ve been inundated with donations, financial and goods for the goody bags. We’re now preparing the logistics of delivering the packs to the people you’ve nominated. This will take place from Monday 20th onwards.
Thank you also to Anne Grinter, Erika Fletcher and Adrian Beere for organising and co-ordinating the Comfort and Joy effort.
Welcomers – Thank you . . .
. . . for your assistance before and after every service is much valued, though not always acknowledged publicly so, at this particularly busy time of year it is right that omission is corrected.
Special thanks to Jenny Downes who, most Sundays, covers for the Churchwardens whose duties as Choir member and Reader often mean they are unable to be at the West End of church as the congregation arrives.
Thankyou to you all this Christmastide and please keep up the good work throughout the years to come!